Turkington aiming to follow in father’s footsteps ahead of big year

Teenage son of former British Touring Car champion, Colin, looking forward to packed programme

Thirteen-year-old Lewis Turkington is aiming to make a name for himself in the years ahead
Thirteen-year-old Lewis Turkington is aiming to make a name for himself in the years ahead

THE son of four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington says having a full programme in place for the remainder of the year should ensure he is in a “really good place” come next season.

With fresh support from Manchester-based Tool Maniac, Lewis Turkington can look forward to additional seat time in his Twenty 10 Racing-run car at official test sessions with the current grid of Fiesta Junior Championship drivers.

Turkington – a teenage ambassador for the Driving Dyslexia Forward charity – is set to receive extra track tutelage in the front-wheel-drive supermini from Peter Felix over the next four months as he builds towards his competitive track debut in 2025.

The one-make series visits Croft this weekend for three races and Silverstone National in August followed by stops at Thruxton (September 21-22), and Silverstone International (October 12-13).

Turkington Jr hopes his achievements to date can inspire other young people while also raising public awareness around dyslexia.

“I cannot express how excited I am about this support from Tool Maniac,” said Turkington.

“Having the opportunity to test without time pressure, and to visit as many UK circuits as possible, is simply invaluable for me. I am targeting a full season of racing in 2025 but this is not possible without commercial support.

“With this support in place for 2024, I can get my head down, put in the graft with my preparations, maximise my time on track, and hopefully be in a really good place for the new year.”

And those sentiments were echoed by Tool Maniac’s Peter Osbourne.

“We are proud to be able to support Lewis, and look forward to seeing his results on track and work as an ambassador for Driving Dyslexia Forward.”

Turkington is dovetailing his Fiesta Junior Championship exploits with outings in the National Autograss Sport Association. For his second full season in the series, which his father also competed in as a young driver, the talented 13-year-old from Portadown has made the switch to a Toyota Yaris supermini.