Racing drivers competing in this year's Green Flag British Touring Car Championship are backing a campaign to reduce the numbers of children killed or injured on our roads.

The drivers took time out at Donington Park to pledge their support for this year's Road Safety Week ? an event that starts on September 22. Normal rivalries will resume when the championship reaches its climax at Oulton Park, Cheshire on Sunday, September 21. France's Yvan Muller currently leads the championship ahead of British driver and reigning champion, James Thompson. Each car on the grid at Oulton Park will sport the Road Safety Week logo.

Road Safety Week is an annual event supported by businesses and government that helps communities to stage events and activities that make the streets they live and work in safer places for all road users. This year's event puts the spotlight on child deaths and injuries on the road. Figures show that the UK still has the fourth worst rate of child pedestrian deaths in western Europe and road death is the biggest accidental killer of children in this country.

The Green Flag BTCC drivers are the latest sportspeople to pledge their support for road safety. The line-up of sports talent includes Olympic medal-winning rowing stars - James Cracknell and Matthew Pinsent, cyclist Jason Queally, British 400m runner Katharine Merry and four-times Superbike champion Carl Fogarty. The pledge consists of a series of promises to remind drivers to put safety first every time they drive.

British Touring Car Championship sponsor, Green Flag Motoring Assistance, continues its three-year association with Road Safety Week and has joined other major UK companies to support this year's events.

Green Flag spokesman Nigel Charlesworth said: "Touring car drivers are experts at high-speed driving and car control. They perform in a controlled environment where their safety and that of spectators is paramount. So it is apt that, with 40,000 people killed or seriously injured on roads each year, racing drivers remind the rest of us that high-speed belongs on the track."

Road Safety Week events and activities take place in cities and towns across the country from September 22. Brake, the road safety charity that coordinates the week provides free action packs to enable more than 10,000 schools and 1,000 businesses to take part. To find out more, call Brake on 01484 559 909 or visit www.brake.org.uk.

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