Team RAC's Turkington takes to the grid alongside championship rival Neal

Article date: 12 August 2006

  • Round 7 - Snetterton -qualifying

Team RAC's Colin Turkington will take 6th place on the gridtomorrow alongside championship rival Matt Neal for the openingrace of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship takingplace at Snetterton, Norfolk.

Carrying an additional success ballast of 36kgs, the Irishmanrecorded a lap time of 1m12.321s and is confident of a good race.He said: "The SEATs are ahead of the Hondas tomorrow which isimportant for me and I'm still in quite a strong position lining upon the third row of the grid. It was a bit difficult to predictwhat the weather was going to do and adjust to the changing trackconditions, but we opted for slick tyres. I'm confident that I canhave a good race tomorrow and still in with a good chance of apodium."

Team-mate Rob Collard completed the top 10 line up with a timeof 1m13.104s. Having expected rain in the first practice session,the car was prepared with a wet weather set-up but was laterchanged to suit the ever-changing conditions. Although pleased withthe performance of the car, Rob was a little disappointed not to beplaced higher on the grid, but remains optimistic ahead of theracing action. He said: "The car felt really quick and I would haveliked to have repeated my front-row grid position of last year, soit's disappointing not to be further up the grid. Having started12th at Donington two weeks ago, it could have been worse! I shallbe putting everything into it tomorrow to make up as many placesduring the race."

SEAT's Jason Plato set the fastest time of the qualifyingsession with 1m11.793s taking pole position for tomorrow's BTCCopener.

The seventh BTCC round at Snetterton will be transmitted on ITVon Sunday 13 August starting at 14:00hrs. The programme willinclude highlights from race one and two with race three beingshown live in its entirety. Satellite viewers can watch all threeraces live on Motors TV commencing at 10:50hrs. Further informationon programme replays can be found at

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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 £36 billion and £332 billion ofassets under management. The group has 58,000 employees serving 35million customers worldwide.

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