Article date: 23 May 2008
Team RAC head to Croft on Sunday (1 June) for rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship buoyed by two podium finishes at Thruxton which has breathed new life into their campaign.
It was at the North Yorkshire circuit that Team RAC's Colin Turkington secured his first triumph of the 2007 season after winning the first race of the day and the Northern Irishman will be lifted by his two second-place finishes at Thruxton.
Turkington's team-mate, Stephen Jelley, will be hoping for better luck at Croft after marginally finishing outside of the points placings for the first two races at Thruxton. The 26-year-old continues to show promise in his first season in touring cars having made the move from F3 at the beginning of the 2008 season.
Turkington will begin the weekend in eighth position in the overall BTCC driver standings with 63 points, while Stephen Jelley will be looking to secure crucial points as he attempts to move up the driver's championship.
Dick Bennetts, WSR Team Principal, commented: "Everybody at Team RAC is looking forward to Croft. Colin qualified on the front row last season and then went on to win the first race of the day so it is a venue where we have been successful in the not too distant past.
"The whole team is looking forward to the warmer weather for the next couple of months where the BMW will really come into its own. After Colin's performance at Thruxton, the team are really upbeat for Croft."
Colin Turkington said: "I have good memories of the circuit after last year and the fans in the North East are always supportive of Team RAC whenever we are there.
"I am looking for Team RAC's second win of the season which I don't feel is far away after the terrific performance at Thruxton."
RAC will continue its season long promotion to win a BMW. Fans can go online at teamrac.co.uk for a chance to win a car and a host of other top prizes.
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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 per cent.
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.