Turkington sets sights on top spot as championship reaches fever pitch

Article date: 7 August 2006

Round 7 - Snetterton - preview

Snetterton, Norfolk will play host to Team RAC and the nextround of the 2006 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship thisweekend (12/13 August). The round will feel like a home game forTeam RAC, as Norwich is the headquarters of RAC Group and NorwichUnion Insurance.

In addition RAC, 'the people behind the people behind thewheel', have announced that they are to become the title sponsor ofthe Snetterton round which will now become the 'Dunlop MSA BritishTouring Car Championship, driven by RAC'.

Team RAC are therefore expecting huge support from the localcrowd with some 1,300 RAC staff and associates to cheer on driversColin Turkington and Rob Collard at this super fast venue, wheretop speeds reach 150mph.

After claiming a race win and a second place at Donington Park,Colin Turkington has closed the gap at the top of the Drivers'Championship table to just 22 points. He's now fully focused on apole position and race wins at Snetterton as the championshipbegins to reach fever pitch. Colin said: "I'm confident that we canemulate the success of Donington Park and reduce the points gap onMatt (Neal). Snetterton has fond memories for me as I've recordedsome fastest laps and a few podiums here previously. I'll be aimingfor the top spot this weekend."

Rob Collard qualified on the front row of the grid at Snettertonlast year and with the Team RAC car running 36kgs lighter than histeam mate, he'll be aiming to put the car on the front row of thegrid once again. He said: "Following the start-line incident atDonington, the guys at WSR have a lot of work to do on my carbefore the next round. It's already been completely re-shelled. I'mlooking forward to Snetterton as the car's handling really well atthe moment and I think it will be suited to the fast circuit. It'shigh speed all the way and it has some really fab corners such asRiches and Corum."

Shaun Meadows, marketing director, added: "RAC is really lookingforward to the weekend at Snetterton and delighted that so many ofour staff are able to take advantage of our incentives and enjoy asuperb day's entertainment. We're working hard to enable all ourstaff to get closer to the sponsorship and activities such as thisdo just that.

"Our sponsorship of the Snetterton round is a natural extensionfor RAC and enables us to further increase our awareness for whatis a very important round for RAC due to it's proximity to ourNorwich head office."

Team RAC Principal, Dick Bennetts added: "Snetterton could be alittle difficult for us as I feel we may struggle against thetwo-door coupes in terms of straight line speed. Whilst we did wellat Thruxton, which is the fastest circuit on the BTCC circuit,Snetterton has two long straights, one of which is on an incline.But, what we may lack in straight speed we certainly won't lack indetermination."

The seventh BTCC round at Snetterton will be transmitted on ITVon Sunday 13 July starting at 14:00hrs. The programme will includehighlights from race one and two with race three being shown livein its entirety. Satellite viewers can watch all three races liveon Motors TV commencing at 10:50hrs. Further information onprogramme replays can be found at www.teamrac.com.


Note to editors

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About RAC

With around seven million members, RAC is one of the UK's mostprogressive motoring organizations, providing services for bothprivate and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance,windscreen repair and replacement, learning to drive, vehicleinspections and checks, legal and financial services orup-to-the-minute traffic and travel information - RAC is able tomeet motorists' needs. RAC incorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens,RAC Direct Insurance and HPI.

Aviva bought RAC last year. The acquisition brings togetherRAC's powerful brand and customer base with the expertise andleading position in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance(part of Aviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer,insuring one in seven motor vehicles and with a market share ofaround 14 per cent.

About Aviva

Aviva is the world's fifth-largest insurance group and thebiggest in the UK. It is one of the leading providers of life andpensions products in Europe and has substantial businesseselsewhere around the world. Its main activities are long-termsavings, fund management and general insurance. It has premiumincome and investment sales of £33 billion and £291 billion ofassets under management. The group has 59,000 employees serving 30million customers worldwide.

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