British Touring Cars: Turkington secures third title at Brands Hatch

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I just want a cup of tea and to enjoy the moment - Turkington

Northern Ireland's Colin Turkington won his third British Touring Car championship title after a dramatic second race at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

The Portadown driver previously won the series in 2009 and 2014.

The Team BMW driver finished 22nd in race two, with title rival Tom Ingram fourth, enough to secure a 23-point advantage with 22 left to play for.

Earlier Turkington had taken 12th in race one, two places ahead of Ingram, to extend his lead to 36 points.

In race two, Turkington, running 14th, had contact with Dan Lloyd which put the Northern Irishman in the gravel.

Colin Turkington previously won the BTCC title in 2009 and 2014
Colin Turkington previously won the BTCC title in 2009 and 2014

Toyota's Ingram had to finish in the top three to take the title to the final race, but came fourth behind Turkington's team-mate Andrew Jordan.

Ingram had been able to make his way through the order to challenge Jordan and the Honda duo of Matt Neal and Dan Cammish but fell just short.

Turkington, 36, had risen to 10th in the opening stages of the race but fell to 14th after being shuffled wide around the narrow Brands circuit.

Contact with BTC Norlin's Lloyd heading into Paddock Hill Bend on lap 13 saw Turkington slither his way through the gravel and out of the points positions.

But with Jordan's stern defence against Ingram, with the pair almost making contact several times, it allowed the Ulsterman to take his third title.

With the title wrapped up, Turkington finished in 26th place in the season-ending race.

Colin Turkington celebrates with fellow Northern Irishman Chris Smiley at Rockingham
Turkington took 10 podiums this season, including one win at Oulton Park

Smiley ends season on a high

Carrick's Chris Smiley ended the year on a positive note with a storming drive in race two.

The BTC Norlin driver, who won his maiden BTCC race at Rockingham last month, suffered first-lap drama in race one, but carved his way through the order to take 12th in the second race of the day.

He finished his season with an eighth-place finish, coming second in the Jack Sears trophy to Honda works driver Cammish.

Chris Smiley
Chris Smiley ended his season on a high with a top-10 finish

Dan Harper rounded out his season in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB with a difficult weekend at the Kent circuit.

The Hillsborough teenager challenged for the lead in race one, but was squeezed onto the kerb by Lewis Plato, spinning and doping down the order.

An impressive recovery drive brought Harper to 10th, with the 17-year-old finishing fourth in the season finale.

Jack Young became the youngest pole-sitter in the Renault Clio Cup, but couldn't convert his front-running pace into a result.

The Belfast 16-year-old ran second in a shortened opener, but was handed a 10-second penalty after jumping the start.

Young bogged down from pole in race two, pitting at the end of the first lap as his campaign finishing without the results his pace deserved.


By BBC Sport NI's Andy Gray

Turkington was the master of consistency this season and it paid off in style as he wrapped up his title.

10 podiums in the championship's most competitive season, with 17 race winners in 30 races, shows that consistency is key despite only winning one race compared to Ingram's three.

It was an emotional year, with Turkington losing his mother before Oulton Park, and his victory there will live long in the memory.

He joins a select group of drivers, only seven in the BTCC's 60-year history, who have won three titles, and the Portadown man will now set his sights on joining Andy Rouse on four.