Colin Turkington

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Colin Turkington
Colin turkington brandshatch2014.JPG
Nationality  British
Born (1982-03-21) March 21, 1982 (age 32)
Portadown (Northern Ireland)
Related to Gary Turkington (brother)
2014 British Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2002
Current team eBay Motors
Car no. 5
Former teams VX Racing
Starts 269
Wins 32
Poles 12
Fastest laps 33
Best champ.
finish
1st in 2009
Previous series
2013
2007, 201012
2011
2000–01
Superstars Series
WTCC
STCC
Ford Fiesta Cup
Championship titles
2009
2001
BTCC
Ford Fiesta Cup

Colin Henry Turkington (born 21 March 1982 in Portadown, County Armagh) is a Northern Irish auto racing driver. His most notable success to date was becoming 2009 British Touring Car Champion driving for Team RAC. Since then he has competed in the World Touring Car Championship driving a BMW 320si for West Surrey Racing (WSR). Turkington also competed in the inaugural Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) driving a BMW for Flash Engineering. In 2013 he returned to the British Touring Car Championship with his former team WSR, now racing as eBay Motors.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Turkington, who was born in Portadown, began his racing career in the Ulster Karting series in 1993.[1] He competed in autograss in 1996 and 1997,[1] before moving on to the Northern Irish Metro Championship in 1998, where he won his first title.[1] He moved on to the Ford Credit Fiesta Zetec Championship on mainland Britain in 1999, winning the title in 2001.[1]

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Team Atomic Kitten (2002)[edit]

Turkington was able to move on to the BTCC in 2002. His first BTCC drive was in a year-old MG sponsored by the pop group Atomic Kitten, partnering fellow Fiesta graduate Gareth Howell. He finished 14th overall in the standings, and 6th in the Independents class.

West Surrey Racing (2003–04)[edit]

Turkington driving the Team RAC-run MG at Brands Hatch in 2006.

For 2003, Turkington moved to the manufacturer-backed team West Surrey Racing (WSR), winning his first race at Brands Hatch and finishing 8th in the championship. Despite the loss of official MG backing he finished 6th in 2004, adding another win to his tally at his home circuit of Mondello Park.

Vauxhall (2005)[edit]

For 2005 he replaced champion James Thompson at Vauxhall. While Yvan Muller challenged for the title, Turkington finished in 6th place, despite taking pole at the season-opener.[2] This performance was not good enough for him to retain the seat for the following season.

West Surrey Racing (2006–2009; 2013–)[edit]

Turkington driving the Team RAC-run BMW at Croft in 2008, where he won two of the three races.

For 2006, he rejoined WSR to drive an RAC backed MG ZS alongside Rob Collard, driving car number 6. A strong first half of the season made him the closest challenger to Matt Neal for the title,[3] although Jason Plato pipped him to 2nd overall in the final race of the year due to some bad luck when in strong scoring positions. Late in the season the team switched to bio-ethanol fuel,[4] nearly becoming the first team to win a race with it. Overall he took 2 wins and 14 podiums.

For 2007 the MG was no longer eligible to win the championship outright, so the team switched to the BMW 320si. Tom Onslow-Cole joining Turkington as the second driver. His first win (and BMW's first in the BTCC for over a decade) came in round four at Croft,[5] where he also took a third place finish.[6] After the team swept the front row at Snetterton,[7] he won race one, only to be disqualified as the car was underweight.[8] He went on to win his first Independent Drivers' title, finishing fifth overall with three wins.

Turkington competed with WSR in the Brands Hatch and Macau rounds of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in 2007 as a wild card. At Brands, he finished third in the first race on the 'virtual podium' and finished fourth in the second race but as his car wasn't homologated because of its sequential gearbox he did not collect race points. In Macau, he finished fourteenth and eighth in the two races.

In 2008 he was joined at Team RAC by Formula Three driver Stephen Jelley. Turkington scored four wins on his way to fourth in the overall standings, retaining his Independent Drivers' crown. He also finished every race that season.

In 2009, Turkington took the overall championship lead at the mid-season point, and went on to win the BTCC title in a thrilling finale, after six wins. Turkington finished consistently, with an unbroken run of eighteen point-scoring finishes, from Croft onwards. He failed to finish in just one race, which was the first race at Donington Park when he got tapped from behind by Adam Jones at Coppice corner and spun into the gravel.

In 2013 Turkington returned to BTCC with WSR (now branded as eBay Motors). He drove one of their three new BMW 125is.[9] Turkington was knocked out of qualifying early on when he spun his car on the exit of Druids and was then collected by the Tony Gilham Racing car of Jack Goff.[10]

Turkington stayed with the team for the 2014 season.[11]

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

Turkington driving for Team Aviva-COFCO at the 2010 FIA WTCC Race of Japan.

Turkington was unable to secure the funding to take part in the BTCC in 2010 but on 3 June 2010 it was announced that he would compete in three rounds of the 2010 World Touring Car Championship series (WTCC) driving a BMW for WSR at Algarve, Brands Hatch and Brno.[12] At Brands Hatch he was the top BMW on the grid in fourth, before finishing third in race one and second in race two, comfortably winning the Independent class in both races. With additional points awarded to an Independent driver finishing in the top ten positions overall, Turkington moved into second place in the Independents championship, despite having only competed in two meetings. On 1 August 2010 the WTCC changed the regulations which effective stopped Turkington being an independent.[13] After the Brno race he lay 9th in the overall championship.

In October 2010, it was announced that Turkington and WSR would compete in the final two rounds of the WTCC in Japan and Macau.He took his first win in Japan after Augusto Farfus and Andy Priaulx were disqualified.[14]

In July 2011 it was announced that Turkington would take the seat at Weichers Sport for the FIA WTCC Race of UK at Donington Park.

On 26 October 2012, Turkington announced that he would again be racing in the WTCC at China for the WSR run Team Aviva-Cofco. Colin drove the spare RML Group Chevrolet Cruze 1.6t.[15] He qualified 5th on the grid but first lap incidents in both races meant he had to recover from near the back of the field twice, his efforts were rewarded with two points finishes.

Scandinavian Touring Car Championship[edit]

For 2011, Turkington decided to drive a BMW 320si in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship for the team Flash Engineering as teammate of Jan Nilsson. He was replacing Thed Björk after he couldn't get a full drive in the WTCC. Turkington scored 5 podiums in 18 races but no wins, and finished 5th in the standings.

Other Work[edit]

Turkington was elected to the MSA's Race Elite Scheme in April 2007, along with 5 other drivers in various British series. He has also done TV work, presenting a BBC Northern Ireland look at environmental damage in 2002.[16]

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) Races in bold indicate pole position (1 point awarded – 2002–2003 all races, 2004–present just in first race) Races in italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded all races) * signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap (1 point awarded – 2002 just in feature races, 2003–present all races)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Pts
2002 Team Atomic Kitten MG ZS T BRH
1
BRH
2
OUL
1

19
OUL
2

Ret
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

Ret
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

12
MON
1

DNS
MON
2

DNS
CRO
1

3
CRO
2

5
SNE
1

9
SNE
2

4
KNO
1

8
KNO
2

Ret
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

16
DON
1

11
DON
2

Ret
14th 29
2003 MG Sport & Racing MG ZS T MON
1

DNS
MON
2

Ret
BRH
1

6
BRH
2

Ret
THR
1

8
THR
2

Ret
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

8
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

Ret
CRO
1

4
CRO
2

7
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

4
BRH
1

3*
BRH
2

1*
DON
1

19
DON
2

2
OUL
1

6
OUL
2

3
8th 97
2004 West Surrey Racing MG ZS THR
1

14
THR
2

10
THR
3

6
BRH
1

6
BRH
2

5
BRH
3

5
SIL
1

11
SIL
2

5
SIL
3

12
OUL
1

4
OUL
2

6
OUL
3

5
MON
1

3
MON
2

6
MON
3

1*
CRO
1

6
CRO
2

7
CRO
3

3
KNO
1

4
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

3
BRH
1

10
BRH
2

2*
BRH
3

11*
SNE
1

4
SNE
2

5
SNE
3

7
DON
1

3
DON
2

7
DON
3

6
6th 173
2005 VX Racing Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch DON
1

5
DON
2

Ret
DON
3

8
THR
1

4
THR
2

7
THR
3

2
BRH
1

2
BRH
2

5
BRH
3

5
OUL
1

10
OUL
2

6
OUL
3

Ret
CRO
1

1*
CRO
2

2
CRO
3

7
MON
1

4
MON
2

1*
MON
3

5
SNE
1

7
SNE
2

7
SNE
3

Ret
KNO
1

3
KNO
2

4
KNO
3

7
SIL
1

7
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

9
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

6
6th 174
2006 Team RAC MG ZS BRH
1

4
BRH
2

2
BRH
3

2
MON
1

4
MON
2

3
MON
3

2
OUL
1

7
OUL
2

17
OUL
3

5
THR
1

8
THR
2

6
THR
3

1*
CRO
1

4
CRO
2

3
CRO
3

2
DON
1

2*
DON
2

8
DON
3

1*
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

3
SNE
3

4
KNO
1

7
KNO
2

9
KNO
3

Ret*
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

3
BRH
3

4
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

DSQ
SIL
3

2
3rd 240
2007 Team RAC BMW 320si BRH
1

2
BRH
2

2
BRH
3

Ret
ROC
1

7
ROC
2

Ret
ROC
3

Ret
THR
1

4
THR
2

5*
THR
3

17
CRO
1

1*
CRO
2

Ret*
CRO
3

9
OUL
1

3*
OUL
2

1*
OUL
3

Ret
DON
1

7
DON
2

9
DON
3

6*
SNE
1

DSQ
SNE
2

9
SNE
3

6
BRH
1

4*
BRH
2

9
BRH
3

1*
KNO
1

2
KNO
2

2
KNO
3

6
THR
1

6
THR
2

4
THR
3

11
5th 184
2008 Team RAC BMW 320si BRH
1

20
BRH
2

8
BRH
3

1*
ROC
1

16
ROC
2

6
ROC
3

7*
DON
1

9*
DON
2

13
DON
3

12
THR
1

2
THR
2

2*
THR
3

6
CRO
1

1*
CRO
2

1*
CRO
3

8
SNE
1

5
SNE
2

2
SNE
3

6
OUL
1

4
OUL
2

1*
OUL
3

7
KNO
1

5
KNO
2

7
KNO
3

15
SIL
1

4
SIL
2

2
SIL
3

4
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

3
BRH
3

5
4th 212
2009 Team RAC BMW 320si BRH
1

3*
BRH
2

2*
BRH
3

4
THR
1

4
THR
2

1*
THR
3

9
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

5
DON
3

2
OUL
1

1*
OUL
2

1*
OUL
3

11
CRO
1

1*
CRO
2

1*
CRO
3

6
SNE
1

5
SNE
2

2
SNE
3

1
KNO
1

4
KNO
2

3
KNO
3

5
SIL
1

4
SIL
2

4
SIL
3

3
ROC
1

10
ROC
2

4
ROC
3

4
BRH
1

8
BRH
2

3
BRH
3

2*
1st 275
2013 eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport BRH
1

8
BRH
2

8
BRH
3

9
DON
1

8
DON
2

9
DON
3

1*
THR
1

6
THR
2

11
THR
3

10
OUL
1

5
OUL
2

3
OUL
3

2
CRO
1

1*
CRO
2

1*
CRO
3

2
SNE
1

4
SNE
2

6*
SNE
3

6*
KNO
1

1*
KNO
2

1*
KNO
3

DSQ
ROC
1

6
ROC
2

3
ROC
3

2
SIL
1

4
SIL
2

5
SIL
3

Ret*
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

12
BRH
3

4
5th 347
2014 eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport BRH
1

8
BRH
2

3
BRH
3

1*
DON
1

5
DON
2

6
DON
3

2*
THR
1

8
THR
2

6
THR
3

1*
OUL
1

1*
OUL
2

1*
OUL
3

3
CRO
1

1*
CRO
2

1*
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

2*
SNE
3

3
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

4
KNO
3

3
ROC
1

1*
ROC
2

1*
ROC
3

4
SIL
1

-
SIL
2

-
SIL
3

-
BRH
1

-
BRH
2

-
BRH
3

-
1st* 366*

* Season in progress.

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Pts
2007 Team RAC/AVIVA BMW 320si BRA
1
BRA
2
NED
1
NED
2
ESP
1
ESP
2
FRA
1
FRA
2
CZE
1
CZE
2
POR
1
POR
2
SWE
1
SWE
2
GER
1
GER
2
GBR
1

3
GBR
2

4
ITA
1
ITA
2
MAC
1

14
MAC
2

8
NC† 0†
2010 eBay Motors BMW 320si BRA
1
BRA
2
MAR
1
MAR
2
ITA
1
ITA
2
BEL
1
BEL
2
POR
1

12
POR
2

10
GBR
1

3
GBR
2

2
CZE
1

6
CZE
2

2
GER
1
GER
2
ESP
1
ESP
2
10th 97
Team Aviva-COFCO JPN
1

4
JPN
2

1
MAC
1

Ret
MAC
2

13
2011 Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC BRA
1
BRA
2
BEL
1
BEL
2
ITA
1
ITA
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
CZE
1
CZE
2
POR
1
POR
2
GBR
1

10
GBR
2

10
GER
1
GER
2
ESP
1
ESP
2
JPN
1

6
JPN
2

7
CHN
1

2
CHN
2

4
MAC
1
MAC
2
13th 46
2012 Team Aviva-Cofco Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T ITA
1
ITA
2
ESP
1
ESP
2
MAR
1
MAR
2
SVK
1
SVK
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
AUT
1
AUT
2
POR
1
POR
2
BRA
1
BRA
2
USA
1
USA
2
JPN
1
JPN
2
CHN
1

6
CHN
2

7
MAC
1
MAC
2
18th 15

† Not eligible for points.

Complete Scandinavian Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DC Pts
2011 Flash Engineering BMW 320si JYL
1

7
JYL
2

2
KNU
1

6
KNU
2

3
MAN
1

Ret
MAN
2

10
GÖT
1

11
GÖT
2

10
FAL
1

4
FAL
2

3
KAR
1

16
KAR
2

9
JYL
1

2
JYL
2

Ret
KNU
1

6
KNU
2

2
MAN
1

12
MAN
2

6
5th 130

Complete International Superstars Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2013 Scuderia Giudici BMW M3 (E92) MNZ
R1

MNZ
R2

BRN
R1

BRN
R2

SVK
R1

SVK
R2

ZOL
R1

ZOL
R2

ALG
R1

ALG
R2

DON
R1

10
DON
R2

6
IMO
R1

IMO
R2

VAL
R1

VAL
R2

23rd 9

*Season in progress

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d http://www.touringcartimes.com/news.php?id=4059
  2. ^ http://www.btcc.net/html/circuit_detail.php?id=6
  3. ^ http://www.trymysport.co.uk/sports_news/touring_car_racing_news/2006/aug06/2006%20BTCC%20Newsletter%2012.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.eemsonline.co.uk/press_releases/06-09-06_1
  5. ^ http://www.crash.net/feature_view~cid~10~id~11434.htm
  6. ^ http://www.racnews.co.uk/index.asp?PageID=24&Year=2007&startrow=6&newsid=144
  7. ^ Autosport. 28 July 2007 http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/61192 |url= missing title (help). 
  8. ^ http://btccpages.co.uk/rounds/2007/19_20_21/race1a.php
  9. ^ "Turkington returns to BTCC grid". btcc.net (TOCA). 18 January 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Gallagher, Ian (30 March 2013). "Andrew Jordan takes pole at snow-hit Brands Hatch". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "TURKINGTON HEADS EBAY MOTORS TRIO". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 11 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  12. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (3 June 2010). "Turkington seals three-round deal". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  13. ^ "WTCC – Fia World Touring Car Championship". Fiawtcc.com. 2010-08-01. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  14. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (22 October 2010). "Turkington and WSR in WTCC return". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  15. ^ "Colin Turkington returns to World Touring Cars with WSR Chevrolet". Autosport. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  16. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/4_11/pfocus/pdf/pfocus_sum04_pr05.pdf

External links[edit]

Media related to Colin Turkington at Wikimedia Commons

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Fabrizio Giovanardi
British Touring Car Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Jason Plato
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Oliver Turvey
Autosport Awards
National Driver of the Year

2009
Succeeded by
Jason Plato