Team RAC drivers tested to the limited ahead of season opener

Article date: 22 March 2007

Team RAC drivers Colin Turkington and Tom Onslow-Cole havecompleted a four day pre-season fitness trip to Tenerife,ensuring both drivers and the BMW 320si E90 are in peak conditionahead of the first race of the season at Brands Hatch on 1April.

The gruelling fitness programme centred around the island's highestpeak, Mount Teide, standing at 3,718 metres. Day one saw Tom andColin take on the challenge of a 64km cycle ride that traversed themountain side. The drivers then faced up to the mountain again onday two, but this time on foot, setting out at 3am to scale thepeak.

Mental toughness was also tested with the drivers taking ondaunting climbing and abseiling on Mount Teide. There was no restfor the drivers back at their Costa Adeje hotel base however, asthey were put through their paces with a testing regime thatincluded gym work and swimming.

Team RAC fitness trainer, Terry Wood, commented: "All race teamsinvest heavily in technology to trim hundredths of seconds from laptimes, but many often forget to check the condition of the mostimportant cog in the machine.

"Temperatures inside the cars can reach 50°C during summer races,so Tenerife provided the perfect environment to put the driversthrough their paces. The altitude of the island made the physicalchallenge even tougher, so I'm confident Team RAC's drivers will bein the shape of their lives as they get into the car on 31March."

Team RAC driver Colin Turkington, said: "I work out as part of mytraining and it’s become an important part of my preparation,but this trip posed a real test and pushed me to my limits.Overcoming the challenges that we faced has been a real boost aheadof the first round at Brands Hatch."

Team RAC’s latest recruit, 19 year-old Tom Onslow-Cole,added: "Not only did the trip improve my fitness immeasurably, butit also provided me with the perfect opportunity to bond with myteam mate and set the foundations for a strong Team RAC drivingpartnership this season."

Alastair Pegg, director of RAC marketing, commented: "Thepre-season trip was a great success and illustrates our continuedsupport to investing in both Colin and Tom. We are always lookingat ways we can give Team RAC an advantage over the competition. Byensuring that Colin and Tom are at the peak of their physical andmental fitness before, during and after each race, Team RAC have agreat chance of getting the season off to a winning start."

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About BTCC
The championship is firmlyestablished not only as one of Britain's most popular form of motorracing but also as one of the UK's top sporting attractions. Overthe past decade, action-packed BTCC race meetings have repeatedlydrawn crowds on a par with Premiership football matches and TestMatch cricket, with over 200,000 loyal spectators and over 20million terrestrial television viewers.

About RAC
RAC is one of the UK's mostprogressive motoring organisations and a provider for both privateand business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance,windscreen repair and replacement, learning to drive, vehicleinspections, legal and financial services or up-to-the-minutetraffic and travel information - RAC is able to meetmotorists’ needs.

Aviva brought RAC in May 2005. 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 15%.

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