Colin Turkington clinches British Touring Car title

Colin Turkington in his BMW 1 Series
Turkington won his previous British Touring Car title in 2009

Portadown man Colin Turkington clinched his second British Touring Car Championship by finishing third in Sunday's opening race at Brands Hatch.

That result gave the Northern Irishman an unassailable 44-point lead, which was reduced to 35 points after the final two races of the series.

The BMW driver ended up in the gravel in race two after colliding with Jason Plato, who won the first two races.

Turkington, 32, was 20th in race three after starting from well down the grid.

The County Armagh man drove a largely steady race to secure the crown in race one, before bowing out on the fourth of 16 laps in race two.

"I knew not to do anything rash," said the BMW driver after his series success was secured.

Turkington, who earned his previous British Touring Car title in 2009, struggled to contain his emotions after Sunday's triumph.

"The emotions are just hard to describe," Turkington told ITV Sport after he had finished behind Plato and Sam Tordoff in Sunday's opener.

"You try to be relaxed and confident and do the same things as always but underneath you know there is a lot of pressure.

"Over the last few laps, I just backed off Sam and I might have cried even earlier in the lap if they [his team] had told me."

On his opening lap, after qualifying fourth, Turkington found himself battling for first place with Tordoff as the Portadown driver adopted a surprisingly bold approach given his championship lead.

"I found myself coming around the outside at Paddock and I thought: 'What are you doing?'

"But I stuck to my plan after that."

After the finish, Turkington was greeted by his wife Louise and son Lewis in addition to his father Trevor who has played a huge role in the driver's career.

Honda driver Gordon Shedden won the final race of the day to cement third in the overall standings on 349 points, with Plato second on 399 and Turkington on 434.

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