Turner expects steep learning curve

Darren Turner believes that he still has a lot to learn as he prepares for his first full season of touring car racing

Turner expects steep learning curve

The 32-year-old has been confirmed alongside Jason Plato in the British Touring Car Championship after making a handful of appearances in the series last year in place of James Thompson.

Turner's performances were strong enough to convince the team to give him a full-time drive for 2007, but he is still very inexperienced in touring cars.

"Last year was my first experience of a front-wheel drive racing car," Turner said on the central stage at the Autosport International show.

"I learned a lot from Jason and James last year, but I still have a lot to learn about front-wheel drive and the racing itself."

After spending most of his time in recent years racing sportscars, Turner now has to adapt to the short and frantic format of racing in the BTCC.

"After many years in sportscars you get used to knowing that if you only leave half a door open, no one will try to open it," he said. "In touring cars, if you leave half a door open, someone will open it."

Turner will be able to race at Le Mans again this year though, as it does not clash with his SEAT commitments.

"SEAT have been very kind in letting me go back to Le Mans," he said. "It's the one race of the year that I really want to do, and I want to race there for as many years as possible."

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