Article date: 30 April 2008
Team RAC ace Stephen Jelley warmed up for the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship round at Donington Park on Sunday (4 May) with a visit to Leicester Tigers to meet rugby stars Martin Corry, Geordan Murphy and Ben Kay.
Jelley, a lifelong Tigers fan, got the chance to see Corry, Murphy, Kay and their Tigers team-mates, who are currently fighting to defend their Guinness Premiership title.
The 25-year old, who joined Colin Turkington at Team RAC for the 2008 BTCC season, was able to exchange sporting tips, advice and insights with the England and Leicester stalwarts.
Jelley took Team RAC's BMW 320si to Oval Park, where the Tigers were putting their final preparations together ahead of their Guinness Premiership match on Sunday which sees the Leicester outfit face Newcastle Falcons.
Stephen Jelley said: "As a lifelong Leicester Tigers fan it was great to meet some of the players ahead of this Sunday. The skills that the players possess are so impressive, with great hand to eye coordination and physical strength. 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 supporting Leicester in their race for the title."
Club captain Martin Corry, in his 11th season at Leicester Tigers, commented: "It was fantastic to meet Stephen 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. Unfortunately we're playing on Sunday so won't be able see him in action this weekend, but we all wish him the best of luck, and I'm sure fans going along are in for a cracking day of racing."
Team RAC are currently second in the Independents Team Championship with 64 points.
Dick Bennetts, WSR Team Principal, said: "Team RAC is looking forward to Donington and we are confident that both Stephen and Colin will go well there. Stephen has made an impressive start to his first touring car season. He is quickly adapting to the rigours of touring car racing and is showing great promise behind the wheel."
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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.
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.