Team RAC looking for podium success as BTCC reaches half-time

Article date: 10 July 2006

Following the recent break in the 2006 Dunlop MSA BritishTouring Car Championship due to the World Cup, the season reachesthe half way stages this weekend as Team RAC travel the 540-mileround trip to Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire.

Croft is a circuit that will suit the Team RAC MG ZS with itscombination of fast straights and slow corners. With few clearovertaking opportunities the circuit presents a real challenge todrivers trying to move through the field thus making qualifying allthe more important.

With a pole position and two podium finishes for Colin Turkington(Portadown) in last years corresponding fixture, he will be lookingto repeat history in 2006, but this time for Team RAC. Currentlylying second overall in the Championship and looking forward togetting back to racing following the six week break in the BTCCcalendar, Colin said: "Croft is a circuit where I always seem to gowell. The MG has always been fast around Croft, even more so thanThruxton. Confidence within the team is running quite high at themoment following the win at Thruxton and we feel a much strongerforce than we have previously. I've been chilling out during thebreak but now can't wait to get back in the car."

With a solid performance and a podium place at Thruxton last timeout, Rob Collard (Eversley) improved his position in theChampionship from tenth to seventh overall. Looking to repeat andimprove on his current form Rob said: "The Team RAC car is designedto suit the fast sweeping corners of the circuit. It'd be nice tohave a trouble-free qualifying session after my fiery episode atThruxton. If I can qualify well then there's no reason why Ishouldn't be on the podium again and follow-up on my third placelast time out."

Shaun Meadows, marketing director, RAC added: "We are thrilled withthe start Rob and Colin have made to the season. To be third in the2006 Dunlop MSA BTCC Teams Championship approaching the halfwaystage is an excellent achievement by all at Team RAC. Thededication, skill and expertise of those involved is an inspirationto everyone at RAC, so let's hope we can continue the great work atCroft and make this a truly memorable season."

Following a recent test of the car at Pembrey, Team RAC manager,Mike Ewan added: "The recent test went extremely well and we wereable to assess some new developments. We're certainly making goodprogress with the car and without the support from RAC I'm sure wewouldn't be seeing such success on the circuit as we havebeen."

The fifth BTCC round at Croft will be transmitted on ITV on Sunday16 July starting at 4.15pm. The programme will include highlightsfrom race one and two with race three being shown live in itsentirety. Satellite viewers can watch all three races live onMotors TV commencing at 11:50am. Further information on programmereplays can be found at

If you would like to arrange aninterview with Colin Turkington or Rob Collard, please contactSarah Owen: +44 (0)7793 633153.

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About RAC
With around seven million members,RAC is one of the UK''s most progressive motoring organizations,providing services for both private and business motorists. Whetherit''s roadside assistance, windscreen repair and replacement,learning to drive, vehicle inspections and checks, legal andfinancial services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travelinformation - RAC is able to meet motorists'' needs. RACincorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance andHPI.

Aviva bought RAC last year. The acquisition brings together RAC''spowerful brand and customer base with the expertise and leadingposition in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance (part ofAviva). Norwich Union is the UK''s largest insurer, insuring one inseven motor vehicles and with a market share of around 14 percent.

About Aviva
Aviva is the world''s sixth-largestinsurance group and the biggest in the UK. It is one of the leadingproviders of life and pensions products in Europe and hassubstantial businesses elsewhere around the world. Its mainactivities are long-term savings, fund management and generalinsurance. It has premium income and investment sales of £33billion and £291 billion of assets under management. The group has60,000 employees serving 30 million customers worldwide.

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