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BTCC Oulton Park

Stephen Dobie
1 Jun 2009

Report from a sunny weekend in Cheshire as the Touring Car title race hots up

It was a cracking weekend for Colin Turkington as his title prospects moved up a gear at Oulton Park. The Northern Irishman had an excellent first two races, winning the pair while his closest championship foe, VX Racing’s Matt Neal, could only muster up seventh and fourth-placed finishes.

Turkington had been driving with success ballast weighing down his Team RAC BMW 320si, too, and had to get past crowd-favourite Jason Plato who qualified in pole position. The latter still managed two podium finishes to keep his title dreams alive – not bad for someone without a drive days before the season started.

By race three Turkington was on top of the drivers’ standings, but a less successful drive left him outside of the points, moving him back down to second – albeit by two points. James Thompson was victorious in the last race of the weekend, adding to his two wins at Donington Park in Round 3. Leader going into the weekend Matt Neal secured a podium place to ensure he remains top, for now at least.

Turkington said – ‘I got hit so many times in that last race I don’t even know who it was hitting me! But I’m certainly not disappointed to have fallen back behind Matt. It’s actually a slightly preferable position to be because being second means my car will be slightly lighter than his with success ballast going to Croft, just as it was coming here. I’m not saying we can repeat today’s results there but I’m feeling very confident with the way the team has got the BMW working.’

The next round is at Croft in the North East on June 14 2009.

Oulton Park Results

Race 1
1    Colin Turkington    BMW 320si
2    Jason Plato        Chevrolet Lacetti
3    Jonathan Adam    BMW 320si

Race 2
1    Colin Turkington    Honda Civic
2    Fabrizio Giovanardi    Vauxhall Vectra   
3    Jason Plato        Chevrolet Lacetti

Race 3
1    James Thompson    Honda Civic
2    Andrew Jordan    Vauxhall Vectra   
3    Matt Neal        Vauxhall Vectra

Drivers’ Standings after Oulton Park (Round 4)
01    Matt Neal                111
02    Colin Turkington       109
03    Fabrizio Giovanardi   92
04    Jason Plato            87
05    Robert Collard            78
06    James Thompson        74
07    Adam Jones            51
08    Andrew Jordan        47
09    Mat Jackson           41
10    Jonathan Adam    41

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