|25 Oct 2010
WSR ANNOUNCE NEW SPONSOR – AVIVA - FOR JAPAN & CHINA (MACAU) WTCC
WSR announced today that they will enter the final two rounds of the 2010 WTCC with support from AVIVA, the world's 6th largest insurance company.
The BMW 320si car will be in AVIVA-INVESTORS livery for Okayama (Japan) and AVIVA-COFCO for China (Macau)
The driver will be WSR's 2009 BTCC Champion, Colin Turkington, who has already surprised many this year in the three rounds only that he has driven in. Colin has taken 3 podiums, in only 6 races in the eBay Motors BMW 320si.
WSR Team Principal Dick Bennetts commented: "We are delighted to be able to work with AVIVA to deliver their brand to the millions of people in Japan and China especially, due to the very good TV package from Eurosport and local terrestrial TV stations. China is a very important market for AVIVA-COFCO, so as always, we will work with Aviva as our partner, to give them maximum exposure"
Turkington and the WSR team have never been to Okayama before, however they had not been to Brno (Czech Republic) either, yet they came away with a 6th and a 2nd place overall.
WSR and Turkington entered the 2007 WTCC event in Macau, but due to red tape, they were forced to carry an extra 60kg ballast weight, yet Colin still bought the car home in 14th and 8th places.
Colin Turkington commented: "most importantly, I'm excited to be getting back behind the wheel of the BMW, as it's been three months since I last raced. Also, it is great to be working with Aviva again, after a successful trip there in 2007. I hope to be able to repeat my successes from earlier this year"
Simon Machell, Chief Executive of Aviva Asia Pacific, commented: "We are delighted to announce that Aviva is sponsoring WSR and Colin Turkington in the World Touring Car Championship events in Okayama and Macau. The WTCC is a compelling event that exudes the passion, commitment and camaraderie that sits at the very heart of our business. it also provides us with a unique and powerful platform with which to increase our brand awareness and interact with our valued customers and partners as one unified brand. We wish the WSR team and Colin all the very best of luck and look forward to two exiting races."
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