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West Surrey Racing: REID ALL ABOUT IT!

Race 1

Weather / Track: Misty / Dry
Car no. 6 Anthony Reid Position: 1st
Car no. 8 Colin Turkington Position: 2nd

Anthony Reid once again dominated the opening round of the weekend by claiming his second win of the 2004 season. Having placed his MG ZS on pole position with a margin of 400ths of a second, he led from green light to chequered flag in front of a packed Knockhill crowd. On securing pole and taking the top step of the podium Anthony said: “The MG ZS is showing it’s a class package. It’s great to get my second win of the season and I’m so pleased that it’s here at Knockhill. The local support is fantastic and the WSR team have done great things to be where we are today. The second race will be tough as I’m starting from 10th on the grid and carrying maximum ballast.”

Having qualified in third spot on Saturday afternoon Colin lined up directly behind team-mate Anthony on the grid. Although carrying extra weight from the last round at Croft, the MG ZS proved that it’s set up is more than capable when Colin posted the fasted time of the race; a new lap record for the circuit. Colin passed James Thompson on lap eight taking him into second place where he defended until the end. Colin said: “The pace of the car was fantastic, right up until the end. My lap times were consistent even though I was carrying the extra weight. We’re starting to be quite a dominating force.”

Following an enquiry it was proved that Colin completed the overtaking manoeuvre during a yellow flag period – a breach of regulations. The outcome was a time penalty which resulted in Colin being demoted to a fourth place finish whilst retaining second place ballast weight.

Race 2

Weather / Track: Sunny / Dry
Car no. 6 Anthony Reid Position: 7th
Car no. 8 Colin Turkington Position: d.n.f

Starting 10th on the grid with maximum ballast is always tough. A safety car period in the latter stages closed up the pack and Anthony enjoyed dicing with SEAT’s Rob Huff. The pairing changed places a number of times with Anthony finishing 7th overall and picking up valuable points along the way.

Team-mate Colin Turkington had a tougher race when an incident at Taylors Hairpin resulted in his MG ZS picking up rear suspension damage following contact with Honda’s Tom Chilton. The only option was to retire the car and repair the damage in time for the final race.

Race 3

Weather / Track: Sunny / Dry
Car no. 6 Anthony Reid Position: 1st
Car no. 8 Colin Turkington Position: 3rd

Two tremendous drives from Anthony Reid and Colin Turkington saw both drivers take to the podium in the final BTCC race of the afternoon. Starting from 7th on the grid Anthony made his way through the field and by lap 17 of the 22 lap race he took up the lead. He kept on the pace and took the chequered flag to claim his second win of the afternoon for the WSR team. Proving just how quick the MG ZS is, he also set a new lap record beating Colin’s time set earlier on in the day. He said: “To get two wins this weekend and to go away with the most points is so important for our title challenge. It was a tough drive and I had some good battles. Dick Bennetts at WSR together with Judd (engine developers) have done such a tremendous job considering we’re a privateer team. We’re just flying!”

Starting from the back of the grid no one would have imagined that Colin Turkington would be stepping onto the podium. In the words of team-mate Anthony ‘his drive was sensational’. One by one he cut through the field to finish third overall. Before collecting the silverware Colin said: “That was awesome. I knew I could move forward and make a few places but I never expected to be on the podium. It’s all credit to the WSR team and the strength of the car that I was able to makes the moves. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I’m absolutely thrilled.”

Summarising on the weekend team principal, Dick Bennetts said: “Two race wins is pretty good but add to that the fact that Colin failed to finish the second race, started at the back of the grid for the final race and came through to finish third is unbelievable. Anthony is closing the gap at the top of the drivers’ championship and together with Colin is still leading the Independents Trophy. The reliability we’re showing is a huge credit to the team.”

Next round of BTCC: Brands Hatch Sunday 22nd August, 2004.

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