British Touring Cars: Turkington misses out on title despite two wins

By Andy GrayBBC Sport NI
Colin Turkington
Colin Turkington finished his 2016 campaign with 289 points

Colin Turkington missed out on the 2016 British Touring Car title despite taking two wins at Brands Hatch.

The Subaru driver from Portadown finished fourth in the standings, 19 points behind winner Gordon Shedden.

Two victories put Turkington in championship contention ahead of the third race in England.

Turkington completed Sunday's action by coming in 12th in race three, a position which ultimately ended his title challenge.

Turkington claimed pole position before backing his strong pace up with a dominant victory in race one as he finished ahead of Rob Austin and Josh Cook.

Tough task

With full ballast on board, race two was a more difficult affair for Turkington.

Jason Plato, who was out of championship contention, began attacking Turkington before settling back and defending his team-mate from rivals towards the end of the race.

The Northern Irishman held on for victory ahead of Plato and Sheden, as the win moved Turkington to just 10 points behind Tordoff ahead of the final race.

Turkington was drawn in seventh position in the reverse grid draw and with full ballast once more he was up against it if he was to win his third title.

Turkington struggled in the early stages, before recovering to take 12th place and fourth in the championship.

Shedden success

Scotland's Shedden won the championship on 308 points, shading Tordoff by two points. Mat Jackson was in third ahead of Turkington, who finished on 289 points.

There was joy for Hillsborough schoolboy Dan Harper in the Ginetta Junior series.

Harper held on to take the Rookie Cup to finish an impressive debut year on a high.

Charlie Eastwood capped off a stellar year in the Porsche Carerra Cup, taking his first victory at Brands Hatch after claiming the rookie cup at the previous round at Silverstone.

Charlie Eastwood
Belfast's Charlie Eastwood secured a first Porsche Carerra Cup win on Sunday

The Belfast driver also claimed pole position, with his victory sealing third in the overall championship.

Chris Smiley also had a strong weekend in the Clio Cup series, claiming two top-10 finishes despite a qualifying mishap.