Article date: 14 July 2006
- Colin gets behind the wheel of an eight-ton digger
Team RAC Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship driverColin Turkington warmed up for the race meeting at NorthYorkshire's Croft circuit this weekend (15-16 July) in spectacularstyle with a race in a fleet of diggers today.
Alongside Colin on the eight-ton machines at Durham's Diggerlandvenue were Vauxhall's Fabrizio Giovanardi, Geoff Steel Racing'sMartyn Bell and Fast-Tec's Mark Proctor.
The event was filmed and televised by regional television crews ITVTyne Tees and BBC Look North. It was also aired on the BBC RadioClevelend and Durham FM radio stations.
Taking off his hard hat Colin commented; "That really is a licenceto kill! I've never driven a digger before and it was great fun. Todrive around in fourth gear on such a bumpy surface is quitesomething. I wasn't all that flash to be honest as both Fabrizioand Mark have driven diggers before so I was at a bit of an unfairadvantage. I'm now awaiting a bill for all the cones I'vedestroyed!"
Proctor, a plant hire manager with lots of digger drivingexperience, was the fastest around the course but collected penaltypoints for failing to negotiate several obstacles correctly. Thisdemoted him behind Giovanardi and Bell to tie for third withTurkington.
From bouncing about in 20mph diggers, Colin will be racing wheel towheel at speeds reaching 140mph when he takes to the track in hisTeam RAC MG ZS at Croft on Sunday.
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