Article date: 7 April 2008
Northamptonshire's cricketers were hit for six when Team RAC driver Colin Turkington paid a visit to the County Ground ahead of the Rockingham round of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship on Sunday (13 April).
Turkington met Northants stalwart David Sales, wicket keeper Niall O'Brien and all-rounder Steven Crook as he prepares to build on an encouraging start to the 2008 BTCC season.
The 26-year-old Northern Irishman is joint-fourth in the overall standings after the opening round at Brands Hatch in which he secured his first win of the season after a riveting tussle with Mat Jackson.
Turkington took Team RAC's BMW 320si to the County Ground, where the Northants players were putting their final preparations together ahead of the opening round of the LV County Championship which sees the Midlands outfit visit Chelmsford to play Essex.
Colin Turkington, who was able to exchange sporting tips with Sales and Crook, said: "It was great to meet some of the Northants Cricket players ahead of this Sunday. The skills that the players possess are so impressive, with great hand to eye coordination and intense levels of concentration. These are skills and attributes also needed to be a top racing driver, so it was great to see how these are applied in a different sport. It was an enjoyable day and I'll be looking out for Northants' progress for the season ahead."
David Sales, in his 14th season at Northants Cricket, commented: "It was fantastic to meet Colin and take a closer look at the Team RAC car. It was very interesting to hear about the preparation and demands involved in being a racing driver. I know the Midlands region loves motorsport so I'm sure fans going along to Rockingham on Sunday are in for a fantastic day of racing."
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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.