Article date: 21 July 2008
Team RAC head to Oulton Park next Sunday (27 July) for round seven of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship looking to build on another successful weekend at Snetterton.
In Colin Turkington, Team RAC boast the in-form driver in the BTCC. A string of podium finishes since Thruxton in May has seen the 26-year-old muscle his way into the Overall Driver championship hunt.
Stephen Jelley continues to show his promise in the championship with only contact from Fabrizio Giovanardi and Matt Neal at Snetterton denying the Leicester-born driver points finishes in races one and two.
Colin Turkington lies fifth in the BTCC driver standings, a solitary point behind Mat Jackson and 11 points behind Jason Plato, while Stephen Jelley is 15th with seven points. Team RAC head the independents team standings with 202 points.
Dick Bennetts, WSR Team Principal, commented: "We are all looking forward to the weekend and some good racing at Oulton Park. It is a track where we have had success in the past.
"The guys in the workshop have done a superb car in preparing cars that have been extremely reliable and we are heading to Cheshire with the aim of securing more valuable points for Team RAC."
Colin Turkington said: "The last few rounds have been great for both the team and on a personal level. The team worked tirelessly to secure a podium finish at Snetterton - a result I'm not too sure many people outside of our garage expected.
"I did well in qualifying at Oulton Park last year and secured a victory so the team has every right to go into the weekend with optimism."
Stephen Jelley added: "Oulton Park is my favourite track. I can't say why, but it just is! It is a circuit where I have always scored well in the past. The fans are always great in the North West and have a real enthusiasm and knowledge of motorsport.
"I am feeling more and more comfortable in the BMW320si. We've got a great car and I am really looking forward to next weekend - as are the entire team."
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.
For further information please contact:
Nina Cresswell / Steve Stammers
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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.