BTCC: Turkington gears up for Snetterton


June 08, 2021

By Sian Williams 

Four-time champion Colin Turkington is raring to go ahead of Snetterton this weekend after suffering from back issues at the opening round at Thruxton.

Unexpected back issues in the opening round hindered Turkington's initial championship bid. He did score points in all three races but could only manage sixth-highest. Now being fully recovered after the five-week break, he is using this weekend as a fresh start.

'Having to manage that sort of pain whilst trying to perform is a big distraction.  The prospect of a race weekend without that gets me fired up and I'm excited to start the season afresh from here onwards.'

The Norfolk circuit is one on which BMW and Turkington have previously had very strong results. Last season, Turkington did the triple and managed podiums in all three races, including two wins. So, that will be enhancing Turkington's motivation.

'It's a classic British motor racing circuit with a great mix of high and slow speed corners.  When everything is hooked up at Snetterton, it's one of the best feelings!'

The 2.97mile circuit is the longest track on the BTCC calendar and with the top ten qualifying shoot-out being used, it is critical to get a good lap.

'Snetterton is the longest lap of the season, so you get less attempts in qualifying to nail it.  I like this pressure.  The top 10 shootout will make it interesting as well and I'm looking forward to those moments where I have to make it count.'

Turkington is also keen to see spectators return trackside as 4000 fans can attend this weekend per day. This is the first time since the pandemic began that BTCC will allow fans to return and cheer on their favourite teams and drivers.

'This is another great thing that will make Snetterton feel fresh and new.  The atmosphere of guests and spectators has been really missed by everyone in the paddock.  People come to enjoy the sport and get involved in the excitement of race day.  Without a doubt this generates an energy and creates a sense of occasion.'

Image credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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