Double BTCC Champion Colin Turkington will drive the Keogh’s Farm Celebrity car when the Tool Dynamics Supercar Championship visits Kirkistown this weekend for rounds 4 and 5 of their close fought championship.
ASK Racing run a celebrity car in the series, backed by one of the series sponsors Keogh’s Farm and Colin will drive this car in both races on Saturday. He is travelling from England on Friday and may not get to test the car but the team are confident he will be right on the pace.
Alan Kessie, ASK Racing: “We have worked hard to build up the series over the last 18 months and I am absolutely delighted that Colin has kept an eye on our progress. To have a double BTCC champion race one of our cars is fantastic.”
Colin Turkington: “‘It’s been eleven years since I last raced at Kirkistown in a one off event, but I have to cast my mind back even further to 1998 and my first year of saloon car racing in the Northern Ireland Metro Championship. I’m really looking forward to driving the ASK Supercar for the first time and my aim is to just enjoy the experience. I must a huge thanks to Alan Kessie for the opportunity to race and I’m sure we’ll have fun!”
Double BTCC Champion Colin Turkington lives in Northern Ireland and is married to Louise with two sons, Lewis and Adam.
Turkington first raced in the BTCC back in 2002 after winning the Ford Credit Fiesta Zetec championship in 2001. For his first three seasons, the Northern Irishman raced for West Surrey Racing in the MG ZS, with factory backing coming in 2003-4. A single season with VX Racing followed in 2005 before Turkington returned to WSR to race the RAC-liveried MG and BMW 320si machines between 2006 and 2009.
Turkington’s potential was realised in the 2009 season, during which he piloted his BMW to six wins and the overall Drivers’ championship despite late-season charges from past champions Fabrizio Giovanardi and Jason Plato.
Colin remains the only Ulsterman ever to win the BTCC, but did not return to defend his title in 2010. From 2010-12 he contested a number of World Touring Car and Scandinavian Touring Car events securing wins and podiums before making a highly anticipated return to the series in 2013. Behind the wheel of a brand new BMW 1 Series (again for WSR), Turkington quickly became a main championship contender, although some bad fortune prevented him from taking a second title.
In 2014 He was a clear dominant force never missing a trick nor opportunity much to the discontent of those chasing him. Such was his impressive performance he was able to wrap up the title at race 28/30 at Brands Hatch GP on 12th October. Hailing the team as key in his success Turkington was thrilled to take the title for the second time in one of the toughest BTCC Grids ever, showcasing 7 former Champions.
Colin currently races for the Silverline Subaru BMR Racing in the 2016 BTCC.
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Rounds 5&6 of the Tool Dynamics Supercar Championship take place at Kirkistown Race Circuit in Northern Ireland on May 28th.