Article date: 11 April 2008
Team RAC has confirmed that Stephen Jelley will race at this weekend's HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Rockingham.
Jelley, who joined Colin Turkington at Team RAC for the 2008 season, is currently in Dubai preparing to compete in the GP2 Asia Series but will return in order to take part in the Northamptonshire round of the BTCC.
The 25-year old will take part in the first GP2 Asia race on Friday before flying back to the UK in time for BTCC qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
Stephen Jelley said: "After an exciting start to the Touring Car season at Brands Hatch I can't wait to get back behind the wheel of the Team RAC BMW. The team have given me great support so far and I am picking up tips and advice from Colin.
"My introduction to British Touring Cars was action-packed and I quickly learnt that experienced drivers are pretty brutal. Overall I was happy with my performance and am confident I can build on it to help Team RAC challenge for the championship."
Dick Bennetts, WSR Team Principal, commented: "We are delighted to have Stephen in the Team RAC car this weekend. He tested well during the official media launch at Rockingham and we are confident he can do well this weekend.
"Rockingham is a challenging circuit with a fast first corner and then a tight infield but we're confident we will be competitive again after an encouraging start at Brands Hatch. We can confirm that Stephen will continue to drive for Team RAC for the entire 2008 season."
For further information please contact:
Nina Cresswell / Steve Stammers
0207 908 6488
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.
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.