Article date: 27 May 2008
Poole photography student Andrew Bagworth got a taste of life in the fast lane when he spent the day as an official Team RAC photographer at the HiQ British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton.
As an official photographer at the Hampshire circuit Andrew was given exclusive behind the scenes access to capture all the action from the day. Andrew got access to Team RAC drivers Colin Turkington and Stephen Jelley, as well as the track, pit lane and Team RAC garage. One of his favourite photos is below, showing both Team RAC drivers on the track.
Andrew, who is studying for a national certificate of photography at Bournemouth Arts Institute, has been a huge motorsport fan since he was a child and, when he also became involved in photography, decided to combine the two.
Andrew said: "It was a brilliant experience to act as the Team RAC photographer at Thruxton, and I really learnt a lot. Being able to get up close to the action has made me realise that I definitely want to pursue a career in motorsport photography."
Kerry Gazzard, RAC sponsorship and PR consultant, commented: "It's important for RAC to make the sponsorship interactive for the public and bring them closer to the action, which initiatives like this are able to do. We are having a great season so far and I thought that Andrew did an outstanding job as our official Team RAC photographer."
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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.