Article date: 27 February 2008
Team RAC has today announced Stephen Jelley as its second driver for the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Jelley joins Team RAC after three seasons competing in the British Formula 3 Series. The 25-year old started his motorsport career in the Avon Junior Formula Ford Zetec Championship in 2002 before moving into Scholarship Class the following year.
Driving for Raikonnen Robertson Racing for the past two seasons in Formula 3, Jelley finished third in the Championship Class standings in 2007.
Jelley joins Colin Turkington at Team RAC, who will be looking to build on a successful 2007 BTCC season in which he finished Independent Drivers' Champion. The new pairing will both be behind the wheel of a BMW320si E90.
Leicester-born Jelley said: "This was simply an opportunity too good to turn down. I am very excited to be joining Team RAC in 2008 and am grateful for the chance to compete against some of the best drivers Britain has to offer.
"I intend to make the most of this opportunity and forge a good relationship with Colin and the rest of the team. I'll be doing my best to help Team RAC challenge for the championship."
Dick Bennetts, WSR team principal, commented: "Drivers as talented, intelligent and as willing to learn as Stephen are few and far between. We believe this is a coup for Team RAC and I am looking forward to working with Stephen in the months ahead. With Colin set to build on an impressive 2007 there's no reason why Team RAC can't be serious outright contenders in 2008.
Caroline Mayers, RAC marketing manager, said: "RAC are thrilled to have Stephen on the team. Finishing third in Formula 3 last season is no mean feat. With Stephen's talent and experience we can only be confident about the forthcoming season. Alongside Colin, we feel that Team RAC has a formidable duo to compete in the BTCC."
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Name: Stephen Jelley
Date of birth: 12 May 1982
Other facts: Stephen attended the Wimbledon School of Art has a BA Hons in Fine Art
Favourite track: Oulton Park
Best race: Thruxton 2007 - British Formula Three Championship
Motorsport hero: Michael Schumacher
Stephen Jelley Racing History
2008 - (Winter) Gp2 Asia championship ART, (Main) BTCC Team RAC.
2007 - British Formula Three Championship, Raikkonen Robertson Racing, third Place. Two wins two pole positions four fastest laps, 10 podium finishes.
2006 - British Formula Three Championship, Raikkonen Robertson Racing, seventh Place. Six podium finishes, four fastest laps.
2005 - British Formula Three Championship, Menu Motorsport.
2004 - British Formula Three Scholarship Class, Performance Racing, runner up, three wins 14 podium finishes six fastest laps.
2003 - British Formula Ford Scholarship Class, Medina Sport, runner up, one win.
2002 - British Formula Ford Junior, Medina Sport.
2001 - BRDC Formula Ford.
2000 - BRDC Formula Ford.
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Notes to editors:
The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) was formed in 1958 and is the UK's most popular motor racing spectacle. Its race season comprises ten events at top circuits across the UK. It is contested by professional racing drivers in competition versions of every day road cars, giving it tremendous public appeal. Around 300,000 watch the BTCC trackside each year. www.btcc.net
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 14%.
HiQ (part of Goodyear Dunlop) has become the BTCC's new title sponsor in 2008 in a new three-year agreement. It provides a fast-fit car care service at its 150 centres across the UK. In the next two years, that number will rise to 250 as HiQ embarks on revolutionising the fast-fit industry. It has already taken the lead by offering a unique online service www.hiqonline.co.uk for motorists to buy tyres and arrange a fitting appointment.