Article date: 27 July 2009
Norwich City players were given a boost when Team RAC drivers Colin Turkington and Stephen Jelley paid a visit to the Colney training ground ahead of the Snetterton round of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship on Sunday (2 August).
Turkington and Jelley met Norwich City’s Owain Tudur Jones, Chris Martin, Michael Nelson and Matt Gill as they look to continue their fantastic form in the 2009 BTCC season.
27-year-old Colin Turkington, who leads the championship at the mid-way point of the season, took Team RAC’s BMW 320si to Colney, where the Canaries were in pre-season training.
Colin Turkington said: “It was a great experience to meet the Norwich City players. They are definitely sporting role models and it was great speaking to them about the similar skills required to be a footballer and racing driver. It was a really enjoyable day and I’ll be looking out for Norwich City’s progress for the season ahead.”
Talking about the BTCC, Turkington added: “I’m delighted with my season so far. It was fantastic going into the break leading the driver’s Championship and is real testament to Team RAC, who have worked hard to give me a great car.
“Snetterton will be tough as I will be carrying maximum ballast but we’re hoping for a hot day in Norfolk, which will increase our chances of success.”
Norwich City’s new signing Owain Tudur Jones said: “It was fantastic to meet Colin and 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. I’ll be looking out for the guys this weekend and I’m sure fans going along are in for a cracking day of racing.”
Talking about Team RAC’s prospects for this weekend, Turkington’s team-mate, Stephen Jelley said: “Snetterton will be a challenge for Team RAC. The nature of the circuit’s long straights make it hard to get on the front row but confidence is high at the moment after great performances at Croft so we’re eager to get back out there.”
Turkington currently leads the Driver Standings with 149 points whilst team-mate Stephen Jelley is in seventh with 69 points. Team RAC lead the Independents Championship with 170 points.
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The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) was formed in 1958 and is Britain’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. Some 325,000 watch the BTCC trackside each year. www.btcc.net
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HiQ (part of Goodyear Dunlop) became 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.