Colin Turkington edges closer to title glory

2009 British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington edged closer to his second title following two wins at Rockingham last weekend.

The eBay Motors driver was forced to settle for second on the grid as Sam Tordoff powered to pole position by four tenths of a second. Turkington was just 0.012s clear of championship rival Jason Plato. Fellow rival Gordon Shedden lined up in fourth with Andrew Jordan fifth and Rob Collard down in 16th,

At the start of race one, Turkington had another of the eBay Motors fast starts and moved ahead of Tordoff. All drivers made it through the tricky first corner unscathed but it was followed by contact between Chris Stockton and James Cole. Shedden started dropping through the order while Lea Wood found himself going sideways into the first corner and made heavy impact with Warren Scott. On the fifth lap the safety car was deployed and the race was restarted on lap eight with the number of laps increased to 18. Fabrizio Giovinardi, who started 11th, started fighting with team-mate Mat Jackson and Marc Hynes, putting in a feisty display. Hynes – who started a season’s best of seventh – got a tap from Rob Austin and as he pulled back across the track he caused Matt Neal, who was having a disappointing race himself, to run off the track. Up at the front, after pulling away Turkington won by three seconds from Tordoff and Plato.

Race one top fifteen

  1. Colin Turkington
  2. Sam Tordoff
  3. Jason Plato
  4. Alain Menu
  5. Adam Morgan
  6. Andrew Jordan
  7. Fabrizio Giovinardi
  8. Gordon Shedden
  9. Mat Jackson
  10. Jack Goff
  11. Rob Collard
  12. Rob Austin
  13. Tom Ingram
  14. Hunter Abbott
  15. Nick Foster

Wood and Scott, who made heavy contact in race one, both failed to make the grid for the second race. At the start of race two Plato moved into second place but was unable to pass Turkington for the race lead. Jordan had a half spin while Shedden took to the grass while Adam Morgan, who finished fifth in race one, was forced to retire. Giovinardi had another busy race, this time going wheel-to-wheel with Rob Collard. Up at the front Turkington dominated the field again, finishing over eight seconds clear of Plato with Tordoff just three tenths back in third. Shedden and Collard finished in the latter stage of the top ten.

Race two top fifteen

  1. Colin Turkington
  2. Jason Plato
  3. Sam Tordoff
  4. Andrew Jordan
  5. Rob Austin
  6. Alain Menu
  7. Mat Jackson
  8. Gordon Shedden
  9. Rob Collard
  10. Hunter Abbott
  11. Fabrizio Giovinardi
  12. Martin Depper
  13. Jack Goff
  14. Matt Neal
  15. Jack Clarke

Alain Menu was selected to start on reverse grid pole but it was Rob Austin who moved up into the race lead. He went on to score his first victory of 2014 while Menu took his first podium since he return to the championship. Jordan finished in third place but not without a fight with Turkington, Jackson, and Collard in close pursuit. Shedden’s championship fight took a blow after contact on the first lap caused him to retire with front suspension damage.

Race three top fifteen

  1. Rob Austin
  2. Alain Menu
  3. Andrew Jordan
  4. Colin Turkington
  5. Mat Jackson
  6. Rob Collard
  7. Jason Plato
  8. Sam Tordoff
  9. Matt Neal
  10. Dave Newsham
  11. Tom Ingram
  12. Aron Smith
  13. Fabrizio Giovinardi
  14. Jack Clarke
  15. Robb Holland

Turkington now has a 55 point lead over Plato in the championship and with 67 points available per meeting he can wrap up the title a race meeting early by outscoring the MG driver by 12 points at Silverstone.

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