Turkington scores as BTCC squad face defeat

Article date: 30 October 2006

Team RAC drivers Colin Turkington and Rob Collard were part ofthe football squad, which suffered a 12-3 thrashing at the handsoff ITV Sport yesterday.

The defeat for the drivers from the Dunlop MSA British Touring CarChampionship was of little concern as their Dunlop BTCC Wanderersteam helped raise funds for the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home appealin a fun charity match.

Alongside Colin and Rob were some of the BTCC’s top drivers– SEAT’s Jason Plato, James Thompson and Darren Turner;Team Halfords’ Gareth Howell; Fast-Tec’s Mark Proctorand Tech-Speed’s Paul O’Neill – who turned outfor the event at non-league side Chesham United’sground.

Colin Turkington scored the Dunlop BTCC Wanderers first goal justbefore half time. Colin said: "It’s always good to get a goaljust before the break and I think it boosted our confidence, eventhough we were about eight nil down by this stage. I went for theheader and I hit it as hard as I could. My theory was that if itdoesn’t go in at least I might injure the keeper!Fortunately, it went in off the crossbar. It was really good funfor a good cause but to be honest we never really stood achance."

SEAT race engineer John Waterman and mechanic Andrew Tracey –who joined the Wanderers along with Chesham’s manager andex-England player Luther Blisset – also found the net. Butthe BTCC squad had no answer to ITV’s side, which includedthe channel’s football pundit and ex-Jamaican internationaland Wimbledon player Robbie Earle, reporter Gabriel Clark and matchcommentator Peter Drury.

Arguably Wanderers’ star player was SEAT Sport UK motor sportmanager Scott Dennis –he had to be carried off the pitch byhis fellow players when he sustained a knee injury while valiantlykeeping out goal number 11 with a great out-of-the-boxtackle.

BTCC fans now have the chance to win the BTCC Wanderersstars’ match shirts in a special BTCC.net auction that willfurther boost the appeal’s funds. To bid for a shirt and thematch ball and several official photos from yesterday’s gamesigned by the BTCC drivers look out for more details on BTCC.netCompetition section on Wednesday 1 November.

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