Article date: 12 September 2007
Team RAC has announced that they are to enter driver Colin Turkington
as a wild card entry in Rounds 17 and 18 of the FIA World Touring Car
Championship at Brands Hatch on 23 September.
Turkington, who currently stands fifth in the Dunlop MSA British
Touring Car Championship, has been very impressive at the Kent
circuit this season, securing pole position on both occasions the
BTCC has been held there, along with two second placed finishes in
April and a victory last month.
The Ulsterman will race Team RAC's BMW 320si E90 at Brands Hatch -
the same model which helped Andy Priaulx win the WTCC driver's
championship last year, and currently being used by the top 3 drivers
in this year's championship standings.
Colin Turkington said: "It's a fantastic opportunity for me and I'm
grateful to everyone at Team RAC for giving me the chance to race
against the best Touring Car drivers in the world. I'm determined to
put on a good show for Team RAC and certainly won't be there to make
up the numbers. I've got a good record at Brands Hatch and the
performance of the car has been very quick at recent rounds so I'm
confident of being right in the thick of the action."
Dick Bennetts, WSR Team Principal, added: "We're very excited about
testing ourselves in the World Touring Car Championship and believe
we can make a big impression. We have a proven car in the WTCC with
the BMW 320si E90 and an outstanding young driver behind the wheel.
"Colin has proven credentials at Brands Hatch and has learnt a great
deal about the Team RAC BMW this season, which will make him very
competitive in the two races. It's a great opportunity for everyone
involved with Team RAC and we're determined to make the most of it."
Shaun Meadows, marketing director, commented: "RAC are delighted that
Colin will line up in the WTCC later this month. It's a natural
extension for RAC to look to test our car and driver in the WTCC
after our two seasons in BTCC, and we'll be able to build on those
"RAC are committed to supporting young British motorsport talent and
see this as a superb opportunity for Colin to continue developing his
talent by testing himself against the best in the world.
"It will also allow RAC the chance to showcase our motoring expertise
to a new audience and we're looking forward to working with the World
Touring Car Championship, its fans and followers."
Colin Turkington profile:
Name: Colin Henry Turkington
DOB: 21 March 1982 (Newry, County Down)
Lives: Portadown, County Armagh
Height: 5' 8", 173cm
Siblings: brothers, Gary and James
Other facts: Colin has completed his BA Hons Business Studies at Stirling University, graduating with a 2:1 degree with honours
Best Race: Round 18, Donington Park, 2003
Motorsport Hero: Joey Dunlop
BTCC Wins: 9
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0207 908 6434 / 07738 336486
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