Article date: 10 August 2007
Team RAC driver Tom Onslow-Cole warmed up for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship round at Brands Hatch on Sunday 19 August with a visit to Carrow Road, the home of Norwich City Football Club, to meet star striker Darren Huckerby.
Onslow-Cole got the chance to exchange training tips with Huckerby ahead of the start of the Football League season on Saturday (11 August), and the Canaries' trip to Preston North End.
Currently 10th in the driver standings, behind fellow Team RAC star Colin Turkington who sits in fifth place, Onslow-Cole got to give Huckerby a close up view of the Team RAC BMW 320si.
Huckerby is renowed for his pace and Onslow-Cole has certainly proved his credentials by securing his first win for Team RAC at the last round of the BTCC at Snetterton and is hoping to continue his success at Brands Hatch.
Tom Onslow-Cole said: "It was a great experience to meet Darren and very interesting to hear about the preparation and skills involved in professional football. I'll definitely be following Darren and Norwich City closely now for the new season!
"The last round at Snetterton was very special for me, and I'm now up and running with BTCC victories. It was superb to reward the faith that Team RAC have shown in me but that's behind me now and it all starts again at Brands Hatch."
Darren Huckerby added: "It was a pleasure to meet up with Tom, and as a big car fan I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Team RAC car up close. I have a great deal of respect for Tom and the other drivers when you see and hear the demands of their profession. We play on Saturday so I'll be keeping an eye on Tom's performance the following day!"
Colin Turkington commented: "I had a good start to the season at Brands Hatch when we started the season there in April. A pole position was pleasing along with two second placed finishes, but now it's the time to go one better and ensure we get race wins like Tom was able to do at Snetterton. We've made good progress all year and are in a confident mood ahead of Brands."
RAC will be continuing their "RAC to the rescue" campaign at Brands Hatch, 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, the activity will see RAC coming to the rescue of drivers attending the Kent circuit. Visitors to Brands Hatch will be selected at random and given an RAC orange voucher to entitle them to a free windscreen wash and RAC road atlas.
Alastair Pegg, RAC director of marketing, said: "It was fantastic to see Tom Onslow-Cole get his first win for Team RAC and even better that it was RAC's home circuit. The support from the fans on that day was fantastic and we're hoping this support will continue at Brands Hatch. With our next stage of our to the Rescue campaign.
"RAC have many exciting initiatives planned for the 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."
For further information please contact:
Nina Cresswell 0207 908 6488 / 07966 077572
Steve Stammers 020 7908 6439
Notes to editors:
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 motorists' needs.
Aviva announced its acquisition of RAC in 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%.