Aviva Newsroom - 18 September 2007

Aviva unveil entry into WTCC

WSR prepare car for Macau


Aviva has announced that they are to sponsor two Team Aviva branded cars driven by Colin Turkington and Duncan Huisman in the last two rounds (Rounds 21 and 22) of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Macau on 18 November.

Both will drive a BMW 320si E90, the same model which Andy Priaulx drove to win the WTCC driver's championship last year, for the races at the 4 mile street circuit in Downtown Macau.

The sponsorship deal was announced by Aviva at The Motorsport Industry Association's Annual Summer Reception held at the House of Lords, London.

Simon Machell, Chief Executive of Aviva Asia Pacific, commented: "Aviva are delighted to announce our new sponsorship in the World Touring Car Championship. We're a global business and Asia is extremely important in our growth plans, with the sponsorship providing a unique opportunity for the Asia-Pacific audience to interact with the Aviva brand."

"The comprehensive TV rights deal that the WTCC has, with coverage in over 30 countries, will also provide Aviva with brand awareness and help us promote our One Aviva message across the globe. We felt that the WTCC was a perfect fit in that it demonstrates Aviva values including teamwork, innovation and performance."

Turkington, who currently stands fifth in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, is also competing in Rounds 17 and 18 of the WTCC at Brands Hatch on 23 September for Team RAC.

Dutchman, Duncan Huisman, is a previous winner of the World Touring Car Championship round in Macau having won the second race of the 2005 season, and also has victories in the Guia race for touring cars at the same circuit for three consecutive years in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Colin Turkington said: "I can't wait to get behind the wheel for Team Aviva in Macau. The Brands Hatch round will be a superb experience for me to test myself against the best, and the Macau round will bring new challenges as it's recognised as one of the most demanding circuits in the world."

Duncan Huisman added: "Team Aviva have given me a superb opportunity and it's one I'm very much looking forward to. I have a good record at Macau from previous years and will certainly be using that experience to do everything I can to record race wins for Team Aviva."

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal for WSR who will run the cars for Team Aviva in Macau, commented: "Everyone at WSR is extremely excited about Team Aviva competing in Macau. We have two very good drivers in Duncan and Colin, one of which has a race win in the BMW at the circuit, so we're certainly approaching it in a very confident mood."

"It's another superb opportunity for Colin and his development as a young racing driver and I'm sure he will perform very well. With him taking part in the Brands Hatch round too later this month, it will give us valuable information for the trip to Asia in November."

For more information about World Touring Car Championships (WTCC), please visit the official website

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