BTCC title comes down to the wire as finals day approaches for Team RAC

Article date: 9 October 2006

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As the 2006 season draws to a close it’s still all to playfor in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship(BTCC) and Team RAC will be aiming to complete the year on ahigh note.

Silverstone, the home of the British F1 Grand Prix, plays host tothe final rounds with the BTCC cars competing on the NationalCircuit (1.6 miles), which is 1.5 miles shorter than the full F1track. The first corner, Copse, with its big run off area andgravel trap means there is no room for error. The opening lap oneach race will certainly prove interesting and a superb finale tothe season.

After two podium finishes, the first for a bio-fuel car, at thelast meeting at Brands Hatch, Colin Turkington will be aiming forthe top spot. With the Championship title just out of reach themain focus will be to wrestle back his runner-up place from JasonPlato, a position that Colin has held for the majority of theseason.

With a successful first season with Team RAC and with his attentionfocused on the final rounds, Colin said: "I think we’ll bevery competitive at Silverstone. It’s surfaced with the sametarmac as Knockhill and whilst we didn’t get the end resultsthere we certainly showed the pace of the car. I shall be aimingfor an outright win this weekend to end the season on ahigh."

After an improved performance at Brands Hatch, Rob Collard is alsokeen to finish the year on a high. Rob has experienced his fairshare of high and low points during the season but having achieveda podium finish at last years corresponding fixture you can bethe’s fired up for the show-down.

Rob said: "On a personal level I’d like to build upon theresults from Brands Hatch and finish on the podium at Silverstone.The MG ran well on the short circuit last year and I achieved asecond place. For Team RAC I’d like to assist Colin ingaining back his runner-up place in the Championship."

Dick Bennetts, Team RAC principal has been pleased with the overallperformance of the team this season, he said: "I’m verypleased with the way things have gone this season and the fact thatwe’ve remained competitive on most circuits. Silverstone is apower circuit so it will be interesting to see how the SEAT’sperform. If Team RAC can round off the first year on the top stepof the podium then we’ll be very happy."

The final rounds at Silverstone will be transmitted on ITV onSunday 15 October starting at 4pm. 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 10.10am. Further information onprogramme replays can be found at


Note to editors:
At Silverstone Rob Collard’sTeam RAC car will be sponsored by RAC Rescue.

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To arrange an interview with a member of Team RAC, pleasecontact Sarah Owen on 07793 633153.

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About RAC
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 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%.

About Aviva
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