West Surrey Racing: Irish boy Turkington all set for podium finish
WSR cross the water to the Emerald Isle this weekend to take on the twist and turns of Mondello Park in rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the MSA Green Flag British Touring Car Championship.
With Mondello Park known for its bumper-to-bumper action, Ulsterman Colin Turkington will be keen to stay out of trouble and step onto the podium. Colin was extremely close last time out with a string of improving results at Oulton Park, but he has also suffered on track at the hands of other drivers and has attracted quite a bit of unwanted attention this season! In the past Colin has placed the MG ZS on the front row of the grid at Mondello and he’ll be hoping for more than just the ‘luck of the Irish’.
Colin said: “This is my third visit to the Mondello Park venue and I am extremely determined to put in a good performance for my home crowd. I really enjoy this circuit, it’s very technical, but also very challenging and satisfying to drive. I was pleased with my results at Oulton Park and it would be great to build on this with a podium finish at Mondello!"
Team-mate Anthony Reid, or should we just call him ‘The Villain’ following his appearance on ITV’s ‘Speed Sunday’, tops the Harrier Zeuros Independents Trophy heading to Ireland. Like Colin he’s looking to secure the first win for the independent WSR team. Anthony said: "The racing at Oulton Park was a huge disappointment for me considering how well I’d gone in the free practice sessions. It was clear that I had a few gremlins and wasn’t able to show the full potential of the MG. These issues have been addressed and I’m going to Mondello with minus weight ballast and I think the car will go extremely well."
With the switch to the lighter 4-cylinder Judd developed K-series engine, WSR have higher expectations than the season opener of 2003. Even with minimal testing the improvements in overall performance of the car has been pleasing. Team Principal Dick Bennetts said: “We’ve shown this season that the MG is on the pace and its set-up should suit the tight circuit at Mondello. Oulton Park produced mixed fortunes, but with Colin constantly improving I’m hoping he’ll go one better and step onto the podium. Anthony’s running at minimum weight which will give him an ideal opportunity for a good qualifying position for the first race.”