Snetterton: Series pre-race notes

CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER TURKINGTON IN NO MOOD TO BACK OFF AS TITLE FIGHT RESUMES Far from 'cruising for points', series leader Colin Turkington says it will be business as usual for him and his Team RAC BMW squad in Snetterton's round of the HiQ...

CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER TURKINGTON IN NO

MOOD TO BACK OFF AS TITLE FIGHT RESUMES

Far from 'cruising for points', series leader Colin Turkington says it will be business as usual for him and his Team RAC BMW squad in Snetterton's round of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship this weekend (1-2 August).

The Northern Irishman arrives at the Norfolk circuit leading the Drivers' standings by some 25 points from nearest rival, Vauxhall's Matt Neal.

Turkington has won five out of 15 races held so far - but with another 15 to come, the first three of those being at Snetterton, he says it is too early to start thinking of titles.

He said: "It's a bit too early yet to start cruising for points. We are still only half way through the season and I see no point in taking my foot off the pedal and getting all conservative.

"Besides, there are still too many people in the frame. We'll keep attacking the same way as we have since the start of the season as it seems to be a tactic that's working well for us."

Aside from Neal, also chasing Turkington hard into the season's second half are Vauxhall's Italian megastar Fabrizio Giovanardi, Racing Silverline Chevrolet ace Jason Plato and Airwaves BMW's very determined Robert Collard. Neal, Giovanardi and Plato have all won the BTCC title before while Turkington is yet to lift the UK's - and one of the world's - most coveted motor sport crowns.

Turkington added: "I'm sure with all their experience each will be trying everything in his power to win it for himself. But they were once in my position, under pressure to win it for the first time and they all managed it.

"There's no reason for them to start ganging up on me together - they are all in it for themselves."

-credit: btcc.net

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Series BTCC
Drivers Fabrizio Giovanardi , Jason Plato , Colin Turkington , Matt Neal , Robert Collard