Turkington delighted with front row grid slot

Article date: 14 October 2006

  • Round 10 - Silverstone - qualifying

Despite carrying an extra 27kgs of success ballast, due to histhird place Championship position, Colin Turkington showed why hehas been a title contender for the majority of the season whenplacing his bio-fuel Team RAC MG on the front row of the grid forthe first of tomorrow's BTCC races.

Setting a time of 1m00.587s during the early stages of thequalifying session, Colin held onto provisional pole until ex-TeamAtomic Kitten team-mate Gareth Howell posted a faster lap time of1m00.411s placing Colin second.

With Colin focusing on reclaiming his second place in the Drivers'Championship, his campaign received a boost as Jason Plato managedonly 13th place on the grid. After claiming his front row startingposition Colin said: "I'm delighted as before the weekend started Ididn't really expect to be so competitive and would have settledfor a top six starting position as Silverstone is a power circuitwith some quick straights. The guys have done a fantastic job withthe car and we only narrowly missed out on pole. We're in goodshape for tomorrow."

With Matt Neal completing the top-three line up tomorrow, doesColin have a race strategy? He commented: "The team manager hastold me to drive fast and win!"

Rob Collard showed some good early pace in the qualifying sessionimproving on his previous free practice times, but was his sessionwas hampered by a technical problem. He explained: "The car wasrunning well and my lap times were definitely improving but the cardeveloped a problem with the battery which effected the running atlower revs. I'm still in the top ten and it was fortunate that Imanaged to set a good time early in the session. I'm on thetail-end of the front runners and in a competitive position to makeprogress in the race."

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