Article date: 24 January 2007
Team RAC has today confirmed its full driver line-up for the2007 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, after naming TomOnslow-Cole as its second driver for the 2007 season.
Tom Onslow-Cole (19) is widely tipped as a British Touring CarChampion of the future. In 2006 he established himself as amajor force in the Elf Renault Clio Cup winning by a staggering 113point margin including ten wins and six podiumfinishes.
Tom joins Colin Turkington who will continue to drive for Team RACthis season. Colin had a superb year in 2006, in which hefinished third in the overall driver's championship including twowins.
The drivers will each be behind the wheel of a BMW 320si E90, thecar that won the World Touring Car Championship for Andy Priaulx in2006.
Tom said: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining Team RAC. I feelprivileged to be given the opportunity to make my first step intotouring car racing and will be doing my best to ensure Team RAC isat the front of the grid."
Dick Bennetts, WSR Team principal, said: "I believe Team RAC havean incredibly strong driver line-up for this year'schampionship. Tom is a very talented young driver who had asuccessful year in the Elf Renault Clio Cup. We're alsodelighted to retain Colin for this season and are confident thatwith a new car and talented drivers, 2007 will be a superb seasonfor Team RAC."
Alastair Pegg, director of RAC marketing, said: "RAC are lookingforward to working with and seeing Tom behind the wheel for thecoming season. We were very keen to see young talent being giventhe chance to prove themselves at a higher level with Team RAC andwe're very confident in Tom's ability. We watched him prove hiscredentials in the Renault Clio Cup last year which was a fantasticachievement and we're delighted he's now on board at Team RAC.Alongside Colin Turkington we feel that they'll prove a formidableteam in the BTCC."
Tom Onslow-Cole profile:
Name: Tom Onslow-Cole
Date of birth: 16 May 1987
Lives: New Malden, Surrey
Height: 6', 181cm
Other facts: Tom works in business development at an importcompany
Favourite track: Thruxton
Best race: Round 17, Brands Hatch, 2006
Motorsport hero: Valentino Rossi
Colin Turkington profile:
Name: Colin Henry Turkington
Date of birth: 21 March 1982
Lives: Portadown, County Armagh
Height: 5' 8", 173cm
Siblings: Brothers, Gary and James
Other facts: Colin has completed his BA Hons Business Studiesat Stirling University, graduating with a 2:1 degree withhonours
Favourite track: Mondello
Best race: Round 18, Donington Park, 2003
Motorsport hero: Joey Dunlop
BMW 320si E90 Technical Information:
Length: 4535 mm, width: 1845 mm, wheelbase: 2763 mm, minimumweight: 1140 kg.
4-cylinder in line, longitudinally installed; distribution: twooverhead camshafts, 16 valves; displacement: 1999 cc; bore xstroke: 86 86 mm; compression ratio: 11:1; maximum output: 275 bhp@ 8300 rpm; maximum torque: 242 nm @ 7250 rpm; engine management:BMW Motorsport ECU 404; lubrication: wet sump.
Rear wheel drive; gearbox: BMW Hpattern 5-speed, with straight cutgears and dog engagement; clutch: carbon-fibre single plate;differential: mechanical limited slip differential.
Power assisted dual circuit system; front brakes: 4 pistoncalipers, 332 mm steel ventilated discs; rear brakes: 2 pistoncalipers, 291 mm steel discs.
Front suspension: double joint strut, coil springs, gas filleddampers, anti roll bar; real suspension: five arm multi link axle,coil springs, gas filled chambers, anti roll bar, steering: powerassisted rack and pinion.
For further information please contact:
NinaCresswell / Jonathan Neill
0207 908 6488
Notes to editors:
The championship is firmlyestablished not only as one of Britain's most popular form of motorracing but also as one of the UK's top sporting attractions. Overthe past decade, action-packed BTCC race meetings have repeatedlydrawn crowds on a par with Premiership football matches and TestMatch cricket, with over 200,000 loyal spectators and over 20million terrestrial television viewers.
RAC is one of the UK's mostprogressive motoring organisations and a provider for both privateand business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance,windscreen repair and replacement, learning to drive, vehicleinspections, legal and financial services or up-to-the-minutetraffic and travel information - RAC is able to meet motorists'needs.
Aviva announced its acquisition of RAC in 2005. Theacquisition brings together RAC's powerful brand and customer basewith the expertise and leading position in motor insurance ofNorwich Union Insurance (part of Aviva). Norwich Union is the UK'slargest insurer, insuring one in seven motor vehicles and with amarket share of around 14%.