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Tuesday August 10

DEAN AIMING TO BOUNCE BACK AT BRANDS

Up and coming Touring Car driver Dean Raymond heads to Brands Hatch this weekend after a dramatic crash during his last race at Oulton Park.

Dean who hails from Colchester, races in the Mini Challenge, one of the most exciting events in the UK racing calendar and one which fully capitalises on the racing heritage of a great British favourite.

Having only just turned 21, Dean has a bright future ahead of him in motor racing. He spent last year, his first year as a novice driver, behind the wheel of his modified Astra GTE 16v. He was Class Champion and third in a field of 36 in the Classic Thunder Modified Saloon Car Championship and 2 nd in the D class and fourth (out of 47 competitors) in the BARC Pre '93 Touring Car Championship. A set of impressive results for a debut driver, which persuaded the Mini Challenge organisers to hand him the number 2 in the S Class, despite starting the season as a Mini rookie.

The Mini Challenge is a seven race, triple-header event taking place at all the top UK race tracks and Dean had racked up an impressive century of points from just seven races when he crashed at Oulton Park. In fact he'd just won his first race in the first leg before trouble in the pits straight ended a hitherto great day in Cheshire.

Having missed out on race days at Pembrey and Castle Combe, Dean is understandably champing at the bit to get his green and silver Cooper S on to the track at Brand's Hatch this weekend for the penultimate round of the series. Dean said “I went through every possible emotion at Oulton Park in just a few hours. It was incredible to win my first race, then devastating to crash almost straight after. To say I can't wait to be on the starting line at Brands Hatch would be an understatement.”

The Mini Challenge takes place this weekend August 14/15 on the Indy circuit at Brands Hatch as the principal race of the Dunlop Great and British Motorsport Festival.

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For more information on Dean Raymond: http://raymondracing.co.uk

or contact Martin Johnston (PR) for pictures or interviews with Dean martinjohnston1@mac.com or call 07900 586898.

For more information on the Mini Challenge: http://www.minichallenge.co.uk

Note for editors: Dean Raymond is sponsored by SkyTransfers.com, the best place to pre-book value for money airport transfers at home or abroad. http://www.skytransfers.com

© Sky Transfers Ltd 2010

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DEAN RAYMOND TAKES COMMAND

Classic Thunder Races and Pre ‘93 Races


Basildon, England (6 September 2009) – Dean Raymond of Colchester took 1 st in class in the Classic Thunder Race 1 , despite catching the end of a 3 car crash. With a damaged driver's side, Raymond continued the race to take the class win, and came in 14 th place overall.

During the Classic Thunder Race 2 , Raymond earned class win and 11 th place in the race. As for the Championship points, Raymond is now 1 st in Class F with a 7 point lead and joint 3 rd overall.

On Sunday, during the Pre '93 Race 1 , Raymond was successful with qualifying, being

1 10 th off the paces of the Class Leader.

“I needed a good start, and was confident I could take the class win,” Raymond said. “I had a fantastic start, and leading into the first corner, I gained several places up to 10 th overall.”

Raymond maintained his position, despite being sideswiped, causing damage to Raymond's driver's side door. He finished 1 st in class, 10 th overall and earned fastest lap.

During the Pre '93 Race 2 , Raymond had a good start, but left the door open on the hairpin, which allowed the 2 nd place BMW through. Raymond's Vauxhall Astra GTE was stuck to the BMW's bumper for several laps which resulted in a broken headlight. Despite the bumper incident, Raymond came in 2 nd in class, 10 th overall and improved his lap time by another 10 th from race 1.

The Championship Standings Overall for the Classic Thunder is as follows:

•  Joss Ronchetti-Lotus Sunbeam-81 points

•  Andy Davies-BMW M3-68 points

•  Peirs Grange-Ford Sierra XR8-62 points

•  Dean Raymond-Vauxhall Astra GTE-62 points

 As for the Championship Standings Overall for the Pre '93 is as follows:

•  Ryan Gorman - BMW 325 90 points

  1. Craig Jamieson - Ford Sierra Cosworth - 88 points
  2. Roger Stanford BMW M3 - 83 points
  3. Dean Raymond - Vauxhall Astra GTE - 72 points

 

Raymond's Vauxhall Astra GTE is sponsored by Sky Transfers of Basildon, a company that provides transportation services for those on holiday or business including cars, limos, taxis and minibuses. PowerStart Batteries of Colchester , lends sponsorship as well as Autoscreen of Colchester , JLS Motors and Andersons Tyres .

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Sky's the limit for rookie Dean Raymond, as he looks to finish an impressive first season with a top performance at Brands Hatch

( Brands Hatch , 27 August 2009) Colchester native Dean Raymond has had an incredible rookie season, culminating in an  impressive performance at Brands Hatch on 23 August. In a field full of more experienced drivers, Dean was able to keep his #93 Sky Transfers/PowerStart Batteries Vauxhall Astra GTE in front of more powerful cars for several laps, evidence of his rapid improvement throughout the season and his great potential in future races. Although Dean's extraordinary manoeuvring of the #93 car did not net him the victory, his performance was a clear indication that Dean will be a major challenger in races to come.  Next up on the Track & Race Pre '93 Touring Car Championship is Rockingham where Dean will look to take advantage of the unrivalled speed offered by Europe's fastest circuit. The another full weekend of races at Rockingham begins 5 September, with the Pre '93 Touring Car Championship races occurring on 6 September. Rockingham is centrally-located just outside of Corby in Northamptonshire, easily accesible from the A1, M1 and A14.

In just his first season, Dean has managed to find himself second overall in points in Class D of the Track & Race Pre '93 Touring Car Championship thanks to his natural driving skills and cool composure under pressure. Dean's father, was a former rally driver himself instilling in Dean a lifelong passion for the race track. Dean's sponsorship team, including Basildon-based Sky Transfers, PowerStart Batteries, Autoscreen, JLS Motors and Anderson Tyres, can fully see that passion and after eight races, it's clear that Dean has a bright future in the sport. With continued support from his sponsors and his exponential improvements from race-to-race, you can be certain that Dean will be a serious contender on the track come race day. With three races remaining on the season, Dean has the opportunity to challenge current championship leader Ryan Gorman for the top spot. 

The Rockingham circuit is rounds nine and ten of the twelve-round 2009 Track & Race Pre '93 Championship. Rockingham is well known throughout the UK and Europe as the fastest circuit around. Rockingham features plentiful hairpins, straights and chicanes with ample passing and run-off areas, making this an extremely exciting race that anyone could win. Dean will look to build on his success at Brands Hatch by exploiting the numerous advantages the Rockinham circuit affords cars. Utilising his experiences in past races during his rookie campaign, his expert training and pedigree and the full power of his #93 Sky Transfers/PowerStart Batteries Vauxhall Astra GTE, Dean will absolutely be thick in the competition for first place. For more information about the upcoming races Dean Raymond will be competing in, please visit the Rockingham website at  www.rockingham.co.uk  or the Track & Race Pre '93 Championship series website at  www.classictouringcars.com .

Press Contact, Colin Bland – Sky Transfers Ltd - 0871 855 3969

 

Sky Transfers move to New Larger Depot

4th August 2009, Sky Transfers Ltd have moved to new larger premises at Samson House, Arterial Road, Laindon, Essex to facilitate the anticipated growth over the next few years as more people decide to opt for the greener option of shared shuttle bus transfers to the airport.

Door-to-door Stansted airport shuttle service ready for take-off

(Forimmediaterelease.net) Stansted Airport passengers are to be offered a door to door minibus service which takes them straight to their front door. Sky Transfers claims fares on its new 'Stansted Shuttle' will be less than the cost of average airport parking charges, but more convenient. The Stansted Shuttle, which is due to launch on Monday, December 10, is based on 'shared ride' services which are popular in the United States.

A fleet of new eight and thirteen-seater mini-coaches will operate the new service, which will take passengers between the airport and any address in Essex and some surrounding areas. The new service will take passengers to or from the airport to anywhere within Essex, stretching roughly from Walton on Sea to Dagenham and from Harlow to Shoeburyness. This could later grow if the mini-coaches prove popular.

The mini-coaches will run seven days a week, departing every 60 minutes 24 hours a day. A timetable will be shown online at www.stanstedshuttle.info or at Bus Stop 30 at Stansted Airport Coach Station. Passengers should pre-book to guarantee seats or walk up at the airport and join the queue. For journeys to the airport, travellers must pre-book to get picked up at home. Prices will be £55 return for a Family of 4, £45 return for a couple and £30 for a single person. This will be much lower than the £120 average taxi return trip to the airport and will be much more eco-friendly.

Colin Bland, Stansted Shuttle's head of sales and marketing, told the newspaper: 'Our value for money fares will appeal to both budget and business travellers who are looking for a door-to-door, personal service.'

The Stansted Shuttle is operated by Sky Transfers, possibly the leading International airport transfers service covering over 50 Country’s, 264 Airports and 5245 Resorts&City’s with a fleet availability of over 22,000 vehicles. Websites: www.stanstedshuttle.info and www.skytransfers.com

Sky's the Limit with go&pay - A Travel Industry FIRST - Online Travel Retailer Offers Cash Payment Option

October 8, 2007 in Travel Related ( ForImmediateRelease.Net ) go&pay, the UK's original cash-based payment service for Internet shopping, is flying high with Sky Transfers, a leading online holiday and business airport transfer service that currently attracts over three million hits per month. go&pay has now been adopted and is already increasing Sky Transfers' (www.skytransfers.com) addressable target audience.

With over 16,000 vehicles at its disposal operating to nearly 300 airports worldwide, Sky Transfers offers customers a truly unique and specialist transportation service. Whether they require an air-conditioned car or mini-van to ferry their party from airport to holiday apartment, or a helicopter or sea plane to whisk them onwards to their yacht or villa, the appropriate mode of transport is always available!

Using go&pay, customers wishing to pre-arrange any form of onwards or return airport transportation can now book on-line and then pay off-line in cash at any one of the UK's 24,000 outlets with a payzone terminal. Apart from offering additional payment choice and convenience to cash-only customers, go&pay also enables those who have had their credit/debit cards declined to complete the transaction with cash.

After selecting their journey, customers simply click on the go&pay option during checkout to generate a unique barcoded invoice which, once printed, reserves the vehicle for three days. Following barcode scanning of the invoice and payment by cash at any payzone payment outlet, a customer receipt is issued. The booking confirmation is despatched by Sky Transfers following confirmation of monies received.

“We are delighted with go&pay,” said Colin Bland, general manager of Sky Transfers, a division of The Holiday Factory. “Within only a few weeks of going live our Sky Transfers division received a surprising number of bookings via the go&pay option. It is also proving a valuable backstop in situations where a card has been declined or passed expiry. go&pay is good for clients and good for business.“

Cash remains a hugely popular payment method in the UK, with three-fifths* of all current payments made using notes and coins. Over six million* consumers in Britain are without bank accounts or plastic cards and a further four million** prefer not to divulge personal account details over the Internet. Now these 10 million consumers are no longer excluded from joining the online shopping revolution.

Other key benefits to retailers offering go&pay include lower processing charges compared to those typically levied by banks for online card transactions and a service which is both easy and inexpensive to implement on merchant sites, requiring only minimal IT support.

* Source APACS
**Office for National Statistics

Note: go&pay (www.goandpay.com) is trademark protected and the property of allpay.net

About allpay.net – the company behind go&pay
With over 750 clients and over 1700 payment schemes in operation, allpay.net is the UK's leading end-to-end 24/7 payment and revenue collection service provider for the public and private sectors.

Over 45,000 outlets now accept payments on allpay.net's electronic swipecard network with other payment methods including the Internet, telephone (IVR), Direct Debit and barcoding. For more information visit www.allpay.net.

For further information: Shelley Eyers / Annie Neesham allpay.net +44 (0) 1432 852 424 shelley.eyers@allpay.net annie.neesham@allpay.net Media Contacts: Nigel Parker / Dulcie Mclerie STRATEGIC PR +44 (0)1494 434 434 Nina Bland Sky Transfers 0871 855 3969

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Launch of SkyTransfers.com Exceeds Growth Expectations

( BASILDON: June 6, 2007) Sky Transfers, the newest site for automated travel transfer bookings in the UK, announces that it has already seen significant growth in its offering to consumers and the travel trade. On its launch on January 4, 2007, SkyTransfers.com offered two airports. After three months, SkyTransfers.com confirms that figure now totals 34 countries, 135 airports and 2854 resorts and cities.

The booking system for SkyTransfers.com was written specifically by a team of dedicated software specialists to enable bookings to be processed automatically. Confirmations are instant and emailed directly to the nominated email address. The range of vehicles now includes executive cars such as Mercedes, Porsche Cayenne’s and Rolls Royce’s and even helicopters for door-to-door service. SkyTransfers.com aims to offer the complete solution for budget and luxury travellers to most destinations in the world.

Colin Bland of SkyTransfers.com comments, “We are very pleased with the success to date of SkyTransfers.com. We intend to offer a wider range of vehicles, better prices when the same vehicle is offered, and soon, most airports. The response from both consumers and the travel trade has been very positive.”

Sky Transfers arranges airport transfers for any party size including private taxi transfers, group minibuses, and luxury and budget options. With a fully automated booking service and confirmation vouchers emailed direct to the customer, bookings can be generated easily and in less than a minute. SkyTransfers.com was formed to provide resort transfers to consumers and for dynamic packaging to the travel trade. It presents a high service value offering, and contracts companies and staff directly in resorts and cities worldwide. Further information on Sky Transfers is available at www.skytransfers.com or by email to media (at) skytransfers.com.

Media Contact

For further press information please contact Nina Bland, Sky Transfers Ltd, Jubilee House, The Drive, Great Warley, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3FR, United Kingdom. Phone 0871 855 3969. email media (at) skytransfers.com

All comments regarding our service should be in writing and addressed to Sky Transfers, Samson House, Arterial Road, Basildon, Essex SS15 6DR, United Kingdom.

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