Turkington takes first Rockingham win in race one
BTCC News | Sun 7th September 2014Colin Turkington claimed his first BTCC victory at Rockingham in todayís first race, ahead of MG pair Sam Tordoff and Jason Plato.
By Matt Lamprell
It was Turkingtonís seventh win of the 2014 season, but his first ever at the Northamptonshire circuit. The eBay Motors driver extended his championship points advantage as Gordon Shedden could only manage an eighth place finish.
Turkington got the jump on polesitter Tordoff at the start to take the lead. The MG driver pressured early on, but Turkington had the pace out front.
There was a need for the safety car to come out on track on lap six, when Lea Wood slid into the Deene hairpin and collected Warren Scottís VW. Both cars were badly damaged by the impact.
Turkington was still in control when racing resumed, followed by Tordoff and Plato. There was action further down the order as Adam Morgan led Alain Menu and the rest of the pack. Menu passed Andrew Jordan to claim fifth position, before getting the better of Morgan.
At the chequered flag, it was another important victory for Turkington, ahead of Tordoff and Plato. Menu finished fourth, with Morgan fifth and Jordan in sixth. Fabrizio Giovanardi finished seventh, with Gordon Shedden eighth and Mat Jackson ninth. Jack Goff finished tenth.
Race winner Colin Turkington said, ďItís a good start to my day. I didnít think we had the ability to do that today. The hard work paid off though. We were confident about the start, but we knew Sam and Jason would be quick for the first couple of laps. Once I managed to fend them off for a bit, things were looking better.
ďThere are no easy races in the BTCC, so we need to work hard for the rest of the day and try to make sure we get another couple of good results.Ē
Sam Tordoff said, ďWe didnít get the best start, but it was kind of what we expected out there. No real drama, but Colinís got some real pace in that car.Ē
Jason Plato said, ďThe pace I had in my car is about right for the weight Iím carrying. Itís quite interesting following Sam and seeing all the places he was quicker because heís carrying less ballast than me.
ďThe regulations are wrong. There is no doubt Colin is a world class driver, but the RWD advantage is too great. Itís frustrating. If I was in that car, Iíd be happy. Bu, Iím not, so Iím not.Ē