Two in a row for Turkington at Rockingham
BTCC News | Sun 7th September 2014Colin Turkington led from lights to flag to claim his eighth win of the season in the second race at Rockingham.
By Matt Lamprell
The eBay Motors driver was once again trailed home by the MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save pair, although it was Jason Plato who took second place this time out.
After his earlier victory, Turkington started from pole position and converted that into the lead of the race when the red lights went out. Jason Plato got the jump on his teammate to move into second at the start, but wasn’t really able to challenge Turkington at the front.
Alain Menu looked like he might battle into contention at the front for a while, but in the end, his pace wasn’t able to match that of the MGs and the BMW. Just as in race one, though, Turkington was faultless at the front.
It was another victory for the championship leader, ahead of Plato, Tordoff and Andrew Jordan in fourth. Rob Austin finished fifth, with Alain Menu sixth and Mat Jackson seventh. Gordon Shedden finished eighth, while Rob Collard and Hunter Abbott completed the top ten.
Colin Turkington said, “The BMW is really well hooked up around here. This track was always a good place for the BMW 3 Series in the old days and I think we’ve really got it hooked up now.
“It was a great performance. It’s a lot about tyre management here at Rockingham, which swings it in our favour a little bit. We’ve got a nice buffer now, but we’ve seen recently how quickly things can change if you have a bad race or two.”
Jason Plato said, “I couldn’t make any in-roads. I tried hard at the start – probably too hard, which meant my tyres were pretty bad towards the end. It was a tough race. Very frustrating.”
Sam Tordoff said, “I knew I had the pace at the end. I could have gone past if I’d wanted to, but it’s a team game. Jason’s fighting for the championship, so I did the job I needed to do.”