TV'S 'STIG' WILL BE "RACING TO WIN" IN BRANDS HATCH BTCC TITLE-DECIDER Ben Collins, recently revealed as 'The Stig' of hit TV motoring show Top Gear, has said he'll be racing to win in front of fans at Brands Hatch's title-deciding Dunlop MSA ...
TV'S 'STIG' WILL BE "RACING TO WIN" IN BRANDS HATCH BTCC TITLE-DECIDER
Ben Collins, recently revealed as 'The Stig' of hit TV motoring show Top Gear, has said he'll be racing to win in front of fans at Brands Hatch's title-deciding Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship final round (Sunday 10 October). Collins will make his debut in Britain's premier motor racing series with the Airwaves BMW team which is based locally to the world-famous Kent circuit in nearby Wrotham. He test-drove the squad's BMW 320si race car today (Friday) in preparation for the event in just over a week's time.
His appearance in the BTCC's final three races of the season is certain to add to the appeal for the tens of thousands of public expected to attend the event which will see the crowning of the BTCC's 2010 Champion. Four drivers, Oxford's Jason Plato, Worcestershire's Matt Neal, Fife's Gordon Shedden and Surrey's Tom Onslow-Cole will go into the day with a chance of lifting the UK's - and one of the world's - most prestigious motor racing trophies.
But Collins, aged 35 from Bristol, said: "I'm racing to win and for me that's the only way to enter any race. This is the top race series in the UK so I want to make as good an impression as possible for Airwaves and Addison Lee who are sponsoring me, as it's something I'd dearly love to be part of next season."
Asked if he thought his BMW might become a target for other drivers because of his 'showbiz' reputation, Collins replied: "To be honest they should be aiming to beat every other driver with the same hunger so I'd be surprised if I'm treated any differently.
"The nature of the BTCC means every position is fought for tooth and nail down the field and as this event is on the short Brands Hatch Indy track it makes the racing even closer for the fans. But I've raced in many professional race series down the years and can give as good as I get."
And Collins, a proven race winner on the international single-seater and sportscar scene, says he's eager to compete in front of the BTCC's fans and to meet them during the Sunday pit lane autograph session. He added: "The BTCC fans, along with F1 fans, are the very best in motor sport, particularly in Britain. They are very passionate and it will be a privilege to race in front of them."
Tickets to find out how Collins stacks up against the rest of the BTCC grid at Brands Hatch on Sunday 10 October can still be purchased at discounted prices from as little as £24 via the www.brandshatch.co.uk website or the hotline 0870 950 9000. Admission for children aged 12 & under is FREE.
In addition to seeing the BTCC's three bill-topping showdowns, also in action during the event will be the final races of the season for the supporting high-profile Ginetta Junior, Ginetta G50, Porsche Carrera Cup, Formula Renault and Renault Clio Cup series that offer the very best in saloon, sportscar and single-seater action competition in the UK.