Turkington says his 2019 BTCC title bid is over and accuses Neal

Matt Kew
Turkington says title bid is over and slams Neal
Turkington says title bid is over and slams Neal

Colin Turkington reckons he is out of the 2019 British Touring Car Championship title fight after being hit by Matt Neal in the second race at Brands Hatch.

The WSR driver lined up fifth but made an excellent launch to climb to second ahead of Matt Neal, tucking in behind nearest title rival Dan Cammish.

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But on the run to Graham Hill Bend, as Turkington defended his position, he was hit from behind and spun across the track and rejoined down in 28th place.

Turkington only recovered to 25th, meaning Cammish takes an eight-point lead into the final race - which he will start ninth.

"Matt's one of the guys you have a bit more trust with," Turkington told ITV4. "You would have thought he would have respected what I was doing."

"If I was a Honda, not a BMW... would he have hit the Honda? I think he would have held a brake a bit longer.

"It takes me out of the championship."

Turkington says title bid is over and slams Neal
Turkington says title bid is over and slams Neal

The reigning champion added that it could have been a deliberate move from Team Dynamics driver Neal to swing the title fight in Cammish's favour.

"It was extremely selfish on his behalf. I don't know what excuse he'll bring to the table but it was lap one," said Turkington.

"The feedback from the team is that he came from a long way back and hit me up the rear.

"I'me sure when he saw me up front and behind Dan he was pretty keen to reverse the situation.

"If it had been a Honda in front of him I bet he wouldn't have hit it. A BMW is a much easier target.

"I feel like I'm out of [the title fight] now."

Turkington did pit under the safety car and gambled for slick tyres, but wet rubber remained the quicker option until the final lap.

Turkington says title bid is over and slams Neal
Turkington says title bid is over and slams Neal

Neal reckoned he was without blame for the incident, and that he could have hit Turkington at any point had he wanted to take him out.

"I didn't see anything wrong," argued Neal.

"My car was clearly down his inside and he just turned across me.

"There's no malice between me and Colin at all. I am respectful.

"If I want to do Colin then I would have done it in first place.

"The door was open and he turned across."

In the race, Ash Sutton ran on to his first win of the season by five seconds ahead of Turkington's team-mate Andrew Jordan.

Prior to what is expected to be his final BTCC race, Jordan sits five points off Turkington and 13 behind Cammish.

Leading drivers' standings

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Dan Cammish

318

2

Colin Turkington

310

3

Andrew Jordan

305

4

Josh Cook

266

5

Rory Butcher

249

Race three grid

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

1

Senna Proctor

BMR Racing

Subaru

2

Stephen Jelley

Team Parker Racing

BMW

3

Rory Butcher

AmD Tuning

Honda

4

Michael Caine

Motorbase Performance

Ford

5

Jason Plato

Power Maxed Racing

Vauxhall

6

Ollie Jackson

Motorbase Performance

Ford

7

Tom Chilton

Motorbase Performance

Ford

8

Dan Cammish

Team Dynamics

Honda

9

Andrew Jordan

WSR

BMW

10

Ash Sutton

BMR Racing

Subaru

11

Aiden Moffat

Laser Tools Racing

Infiniti

12

Josh Cook

BTC Racing

Honda

13

Matt Neal

Team Dynamics

Honda

14

Carl Boardley

Team Hard

Volkswagen

15

Daniel Rowbottom

Ciceley Motorsport

Mercedes

16

Bobby Thompson

Team Hard

Volkswagen

17

Rob Collard

Power Maxed Racing

Vauxhall

18

Mike Bushell

AmD Tuning

Honda

19

Jake Hill

Trade Price Cars Racing

Audi

20

Rob Smith

Excelr8 Motorsport

MG

21

Tom Ingram

Speedworks Motorsport

Toyota

22

Sam Osborne

Excelr8 Motorsport

MG

23

Michael Crees

Team Hard

Volkswagen

24

Chris Smiley

BTC Racing

Honda

25

Colin Turkington

WSR

BMW

26

Adam Morgan

Ciceley Motorsport

Mercedes

27

Matt Simpson

Simpson Racing

Honda

28

Mark Blundell

Trade Price Cars Racing

Audi

29

Jack Goff

Team Hard

Volkswagen

30

Tom Oliphant

WSR

BMW



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