Article date: 5 October 2007
Team RAC will be looking to finish the season on the podium when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) visits Thruxton on Sunday 14 October.
It is the second time this year the BTCC has visited the Hampshire circuit and Team RAC are confident they can continue their good form and improve on their fifth (Turkington, 171 points) and 10th (Onslow-Cole, 107 points) placed positions in the drivers' championship.
After success in the FIA World Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch Colin Turkington will be in a confident mood. The Ulsterman secured superb third and fourth finishes for Team RAC and will be looking to continue this success at Thruxton.
Onslow-Cole will be also be feeling positive as it sees him returning to the circuit which saw him secure a race win and third placed finish in the Renault Clio Cup last year.
Tom Onslow-Cole said: "My first season with Team RAC has been fantastic. The team have been extremely supportive and I have learnt a great deal. The last round at Knockhill was frustrating for me as I was disqualified in the first race but I am happy with the performance of the car and Thruxton is one of my favourite circuits. I am looking to finish the season with some consistent race performances and pick up some valuable points for the team."
Colin Turkington commented: "I was thrilled to record a podium finish for Team RAC/WSR in the World Touring Car Championships. It was a great opportunity to develop my skills and test myself on the world stage. I will also be taking part in the final round of the WTCC at Macau which will be a tough challenge but I one I am determined to rise to.
"For now I am now fully focused on the final round of the British Touring Car Championship. I am aiming to move up to fourth place in the driver standings, in front of Matt Neal who is only one point ahead of me. It has been a great season and I am hoping to get a win for Team RAC who have worked tirelessly to get us in the great position we are in."
RAC will be continuing its "RAC to the rescue" campaign at Thruxton, which provides benefits to enhance the race day experience of fans at every round of the championship.
Tying into RAC's latest TV advertising campaign, which features Vinnie Jones, the activity will see RAC coming to the rescue of fans by offering them the chance to win VIP Hospitality with Team RAC at Thruxton.
Alastair Pegg, RAC director of marketing, said: "It was fantastic to see Colin secure a podium for Team RAC in the WTCC at Brands Hatch. RAC is committed to supporting British motorsport talent and this was a great chance for Colin to prove himself against the best in the world. We're hoping that we carry this success into the BTCC and end the brilliant season on a high.
"RAC thought it was only right, for the final round of the season, that we offer fans the chance to celebrate Team RAC's success by giving them the opportunity to enjoy VIP hospitality through our RAC to the rescue campaign. Supporters should log onto teamrac.co.uk, look out in the media and at the rounds themselves for details of our activity and how they can take part."
RAC will also be running a mobile marketing campaign promoting a competition to win a Team RAC track day. Race day visitors will receive a video message from Colin Turkington via their Bluetooth connection, telling them to enter the competition at the RAC stand in the trade area. The prize is a PalmerSport Track Day where the lucky winner will get to drive seven performance cars including a Porsche 911 and Jaguar XKR. Colin Turkington and Tom Onslow-Cole will be on hand to offer driving hints and tips and to take the winner on a flying lap in the Team RAC BMW 320si E90.
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%.