Article date: 25 May 2007
Team RAC are heading to the fourth round of the Dunlop MSA British
Touring Car Championship at Croft on Sunday 3 June full of
confidence that they can secure a first race win in 2007.
As well as an improved car, there are good omens for Colin
Turkington, who secured two podium finishes for Team RAC in last
year's corresponding fixture.
Team RAC currently lie fourth in the Team Championship, with
Turkington in fifth place (44 points) of the Drivers Championship,
and Tom Onslow-Cole in ninth with 34 points.
Team RAC's Colin Turkington and Tom Onslow-Cole tested at Pembrey in
Wales on Monday and posted positive results.
Dick Bennetts, WSR Team Principal, commented: "Testing went very well and we were able to make some good progress. We've been at a bit of a disadvantage compared to our rivals recently, as they are familiar with their cars whilst we have had a great deal to learn about getting the BMW to work on the control Dunlop tyre.
"Both Colin and Tom have done a great job so far getting to know the
rear-wheel drive, so I'm confident that a Team RAC car will record a
first win of the season very soon."
Colin Turkington added: "Thruxton was frustrating for me as although
I got an Independents win and made some great starts but we struggled
on the special tyre. However Croft is a great circuit with a combination of fast straights and slow corners - it's somewhere I always seem to go well. After a couple of weeks off I can't wait to get back behind the wheel."
Tom Onslow-Cole, who recently celebrated his 20th birthday,
commented: "I had two wins at Croft last year in the Clio Cup and
it's always been a circuit that suits my driving style. I'm going
into this round feeling very confident and have set my sights on a
debut race win for Team RAC."
RAC will be continuing their 'RAC to the rescue' campaign at
Croft, which provides benefits to enhance the race day experience of
fans at every round of the championship.
Tying into RAC's latest advertising campaign, which features Vinnie
Jones and Lennox Lewis, the activity will see RAC launching Father's
Day themed competitions offering unique race day experiences that
will provide perfect presents for motorsport-mad dads.
Alastair Pegg, RAC director of marketing, said: "Colin and Tom have
made a solid start to the season and the team is making real progress
behind the scenes. Their dedication and skill is an inspiration to
everyone at RAC.
"RAC have many exciting initiatives planned for the seven remaining
rounds in 2007 so supporters should log onto teamrac.co.uk, look out
in the media and at the rounds themselves during the season for
details of our activity and how they can take part."
The championship is firmly established not only as one of Britain's
most popular form of motor racing but also as one of the UK's top
sporting attractions. Over the past decade, action-packed BTCC race
meetings have repeatedly drawn crowds on a par with Premiership
football matches and Test Match cricket, with over 200,000 loyal
spectators and over 20 million terrestrial television viewers.
RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations and a
provider for both private and business motorists. Whether it's
roadside assistance, windscreen repair and replacement, learning to
drive, vehicle inspections, legal and financial services or up-to-the-
minute traffic and travel information - RAC is able to meet
Aviva bought RAC in May 2005. The acquisition brings together RAC's
powerful brand and customer base with the expertise and leading
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 of around 15 per cent.
For further information please contact:
Nina Cresswell / Iain Drennan / Jonathan Neill
0207 908 6488