Team RAC announce new car for 2007 season

Article date: 11 January 2007

Team RAC has announced that they will race the BMW 320si E90 inthe 2007 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

The car was unveiled to the media today (11 January) on presspreview day at the Autosport International show at the NEC,Birmingham.

Public visitors to the RAC stand (Hall H6, Stand 6140) at the showwill now be able to see the new Team RAC car close up.

After a successful first season as sponsor of Team RAC, RAC will belooking to the BMW 320si E90 – which won the World TouringCar Championship for Andy Priaulx in 2006 – to spearheadtheir hunt for silverware.

Dick Bennetts, WSR Team principal, said: "Having decided not todesign and build new cars for 2007, we conducted considerableresearch into all available options and have chosen the BMW 320si– and are looking forward to the challenge in 2007. BMWMotorsport is a very professional organisation and able to providethe level of technical support required by Team RAC."

Debbie Hewitt, managing director RAC, said: "We are delighted toconfirm that Team RAC will be racing the BMW 320si E90. 2006 was asuperb inaugural season for Team RAC and we’re lookingforward to building on that in 2007. With the performance of theBMW confirmed and the announcement of our drivers for the comingseason shortly, supported by a superb team, we are confident RACwill have reason to cheer on the track in 2007."

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Notes to editors:

About RAC
RAC is one of the UK's most progressivemotoring organizations, providing services for both private andbusiness motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, windscreenrepair and replacement, learning to drive, vehicle inspections andchecks, legal and financial services or up-to-the-minute trafficand travel information - RAC is able to meet motorists' needs. RACincorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance andHPI.

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
Aviva is the world's fifth-largestinsurance group (based on gross worldwide premiums for the yearended 31 December 2005) and the largest insurance services providerin the UK. We are one of the leading providers of life and pensionproducts in Europe and are actively growing our long-term savingsbusinesses in Asian markets, Australia and the USA. Our mainactivities are long-term savings, fund management and generalinsurance. We have premium income and investment sales of £36billion and £332 billion of assets under management. We have 58,000employees serving 35 million customers.

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