BTCC Features. Page 2



  • August 2003

    Open article MG set for Brands stormer.
    24 August 2003: The MG XPOWER ZS touring cars sit poised for some great racing tomorrow in the British Touring Car Championship, with cars starting on the second, third and fourth rows.

  • Open article Q&A: Colin Turkington.
    22 August 2003: Youngest driver in the MG Sport and Racing squad, Colin Turkington answers the questions…

  • Open article Warren Hughes lap of Brands Hatch.
    20 August 2003: The British Touring Car Championship this bank holiday weekend heads to Kent's Brands Hatch race circuit, here MG Sport and Racing's Warren Hughes describes a lap.

  • Open article Second row start for Turkington at Snetterton.
    9 August 2003: Once again it was Colin Turkington who led the MG qualifying session in the British Touring Car Championship, which today sees both qualifying and race action on the same day at Norfolk's Snetterton circuit.

  • Open article Q&A: Warren Hughes.
    8 August 2003: MG Sport and Racing driver Warren Hughes answers the questions.

  • Open article Pyper previews Snetterton BTCC.
    6 August 2003: Gavin Pyper was heading the Independent's cup category of the British Touring Car Championship when forced to pull out after five meetings as his limited budget ran out. Now Pyper exclusively gives Crash.net his thoughts and views on this weekend's Snetterton BTCC meeting:


  • July 2003

    Open article Q&A: Anthony Reid.
    30 July 2003: MG XPOWER driver Anthony Reid took the first MG win of 2003 last time out at the North Yorkshire circuit of Croft. Before he achieved this www.mg-xpower.com asked him some quick-fire questions to find out what makes him tick…

  • Open article Reid leads MG charge at Croft.
    12 July 2003: Anthony Reid led the MG qualifying charge under beautiful sunshine at Croft today in a busy qualifying session at the northern-most circuit in the BTCC calendar.


  • June 2003

    Open article Turkington leads MG at Rockingham.
    21 June 2003: Colin Turkington, the only driver in the MG squad with past race experience at the Rockingham circuit, led the MG XPOWER charge in qualifying today, grabbing fifth the fifth fastest time in the dying minutes of the twenty minute qualifying session.

  • Open article Rockingham presents new challenge.
    17 June 2003: For the ninth and tenth races of 2003 MG Sport and Racing and the British Touring Car Championship go into uncharted territory, the series making its first-ever visit to the Rockingham circuit.

  • Open article MG's Hughes fourth on Silverstone grid.
    7 June 2003: Warren Hughes was quickest of the MGs in qualifying for round seven of the 2003 British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone this afternoon, the Geordie ending the 20-minute session fourth quickest.


  • May 2003

    Open article Turkington top MG at Thruxton.
    25 May 2003: Colin Turkington led the MG XPOWER charge in qualifying at the Hampshire circuit of Thruxton today, placing his MG ZS in seventh place for tomorrow's first BTCC race at one of the UK's fastest race circuits.

  • Open article Meet the MG XPOWER girls...
    12 May 2003: MG XPOWER girls Liz Buncombe, Rachel Palmer and Catherine Taylor Dawson spend most of their weekends with MG sunbathing and dancing on top of the MG XPOWER support vehicles, but in midst of all this at Brands Hatch they managed to take a well earned break and discuss their role for MG.

  • Open article Turkington a future race winner reckons Bennetts.
    6 May 2003: After his storming performance at Brands Hatch at the biggest BTCC meeting of the year, West Surrey Racing boss Dick Bennetts reckons MG XPOWER driver Colin Turkington is a potential future race winner.

  • Open article Great race for Hughes despite gravel exit.
    5 May 2003: MG's Warren Hughes discusses his action packed first race at Brands Hatch where he entertained the crowds by battling with French touring car ace Yvan Muller for much of the race...

  • Open article Turkington leads the MG charge at Brands.
    4 May 2003: Colin Turkington ended up the lead MG after a hectic qualifying session today at Brands Hatch for tomorrow's bank holiday race action.


  • April 2003

    Open article Reid third for MG at Mondello.
    20 April 2003: Anthony Reid was the quickest MG in qualifying for the opening round of the 2003 British Touring Car Championship at Mondello Park, Eire.

  • Open article Q&A: Warren Hughes.
    10 April 2003: Warren Hughes set the fastest time in testing at the Brands Hatch launch of the 2003 BTCC championship. We caught up with Warren just before he donned his helmet.

  • Open article Q&A: Colin Turkington.
    9 April 2003: Last week Colin Turkington was present at the BTCC 2003 launch in his new MG XPOWER colours. We caught up with Colin and asked him his thoughts for the coming season.

  • Open article Reid confident for 2003.
    4 April 2003: MG's Anthony Reid was in a confident mood at the 2003 British Touring Car Championship media day...


  • July 2002

    Open article Row three for MG at Croft.
    13 July 2002: MG Sport and Racing's Anthony Reid and Warren Hughes both grabbed third row starting slots in qualifying for rounds 11 and 12 of the BTCC at Croft, North Yorkshire today. While Anthony lines up fifth on the grid for tomorrow's 15-lap Sprint Race, Warren took the same position for the later Feature Race. Colin Turkington took seventh for the first race in his Team Atomic Kitten MG ZR, while teammate Gareth Howell saw his pit crew win a race against time to get him into the session.


  • June 2002

    Open article TAK on Mondello pace for MG.
    22 June 2002: In contrast to the wide open spaces of Le Mans, MG Sport & Racing drivers Anthony Reid and Warren Hughes took on the tight confines of Ireland's Mondello Park circuit in qualifying. In a rain hit session, both drivers hit problems, but the Team Atomic Kitten MGs came through to uphold marque honour and qualify at the front of the grid.

  • Open article Reid takes Feature pole for MG.
    2 June 2002: Anthony Reid claimed pole position for MG Sport and Racing in qualifying for Monday's British Touring Car Championshp Feature Race, and team-mate Warren Hughes made it a good day for the team by qualifying second on the grid for the Sprint Race. Silverstone saw the team's debut last year, and they showed how the MG ZS has progressed since then with a car on the front row of the grid for each race.


  • May 2002

    Open article Second row starts for MG's Reid.
    6 May 2002: Anthony Reid has given MG Sport and Racing two second row starts for tomorrow's rounds five and six of the British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton. Reid lines up third for the Sprint Race and fourth for the Feature, while team-mate Warren Hughes is fifth and seventh.


  • April 2002

    Open article Strong qualifying for MG.
    20 April 2002: A strong performance for the MG Sport and Racing team at Oulton Park this afternoon sees an MG ZS EX260 on the second row of the grid for both BTCC races at the Cheshire circuit. In tomorrow's Sprint Race, Anthony Reid lines up fourth, while for the Feature Race – later in the afternoon – Warren Hughes is third on the 29-car grid.

  • Open article Q&A: Warren Hughes.
    4 April 2002: In the number 12 MG ZS EX260, Warren Hughes had a dramatic first British Touring Car Championship meeting of the year. From eighth on the grid in the first race, Warren slotted into third place before the first corner, and was holding that position until a sudden puncture ended his race.

  • Open article Q&A: Anthony Reid.
    3 April 2002: Easter Monday saw two strong drives from MG Sport and Racing's Anthony Reid in the opening two rounds of the 2002 British Touring Car Championship. Straight after the races, we spoke to Anthony about the race meeting and his results, which leave the Scot third in the Drivers' points table.


  • March 2002

    Open article Reid qualifies third for BTCC opener.
    31 March 2002: Anthony Reid will line his MG ZS EX260 Touring Car up third for the opening British Touring Car Championship round at Brands Hatch tomorrow. Using the full 2002 spec chassis and engine for the first time, Anthony showed the potential of the West Surrey Racing built car by placing it on the second row of the grid.

  • Open article MG - a 'virtual' success.
    2 March 2002: MG is the latest marque to star in the new blockbuster video game TOCA Race Driver from Codemasters, the well-known leading developer and publisher of best-selling interactive entertainment.


  • February 2002

    Open article Testing time for Hughes.
    15 February 2002: MG Sport and Racing were testing the MG ZS EX259 Touring Car at Thruxton this week – a rare chance to run at the high-speed Hampshire circuit. We asked Warren Hughes about the test, and also the importance of pit-stops, a feature of the BTCC races the team are preparing to contest…

  • Open article Reid confident for 2002.
    2 February 2002: After their successes at the final meeting of the 2001 British Touring Car Championship, everyone at MG Sport and Racing is working hard to prepare for the forthcoming season. Drivers Anthony Reid and Warren Hughes have been testing with the West Surrey Racing squad in Spain, honing the race-winning EX259 Touring Car for the 2002 campaign. Anthony was confident that the team are headed for success this year on his return from Spain:


  • January 2002

    Open article Grant makes MG debut.
    29 January 2002: Terry Grant debuted his MG XPOWER Legend at the Road Racing and Superbike Show at Alexandra Palace in London last weekend, putting on a stunning display with the MG XPOWER Girls for the large crowd.

  • Open article Q&A: Stunt ace Terry Grant.
    22 January 2002: Latest member of the MG XPOWER squad is stunt ace Terry Grant, who has thrilled crowds across the country with his stunning displays in his tiny Legends car. His first public outing in his new colours is this weekend, at the ten day long Road Racing and Superbike Show at Alexandra Palace in London.

  • Open article A great 2001 for MG.
    2 January 2002: MG made their motorsport return in 2001 - and immediately made a big impact in that high-speed world. The brand new MG Lola EX257 sportscar showed its pace at the 2001 Le Mans 24-Hour race, the cars easily quickest in the LMP 675 class. Later in the year, MG Sport and Racing took their first win in the British Touring Car Championship. MG were back in style!


  • December 2001

    Open article Hughes debates the crucial differences.
    14 December 2001: MG Sport and Racing's Warren Hughes has been a successful single-seater racer - taking wins in Formula 3000 and the British Formula Three Championship. That made him the ideal person to ask about the differences between racing the MG Lola EX259 Touring Car in the British Touring Car Championship, and his time competing in open-wheeled cars…

  • Open article Kane on the Florida pace in the EX257.
    9 December 2001: MG Sport and Racing's Jonny Kane has just returned from the US where he tested the MG Lola EX257 Le Mans car at the famous Sebring circuit in Florida. As well as the opportunity to further develop the already rapid sportscar, the test was used as a demonstration of the car for some very interested American sports car teams.


  • November 2001

    Open article Reid keeping busy in the 'quiet' season.
    23 November 2001: Traditionally it's a quiet time of year for circuit racing, so we asked MG Sport and Racing's Anthony Reid, who so recently gave the marque its first British Touring Car Championship win, what he gets up to in the 'off' season…

  • Open article MG's Rob Oldaker wins top award.
    21 November 2001: MG Sport and Racing MD Rob Oldaker has been awarded the title of ''Engineer of the Year'' by the prestigious motoring magazine Autocar. A former racer, an addition to his MG Sport and Racing role, Rob has led the development of many vehicles including: a new range of high performance MG saloons, the Rover 75 Tourer and the MG ZT-T sportswagon.

  • Open article MG to sponsor UK sportscar series.
    17 November 2001: MG Sport & Racing are extending their UK circuit racing involvement for 2002. In addition to their Touring Car campaign – the company having taken a win at the final BTCC meeting of 2001 – they are now to sponsor the MG XPOWER K Sports 1600 Cup, one of the successful sportscar championships run by the Clubman's Register. All cars entered in the series will continue to be powered by the 1.6-litre K Series engine and will carry the logo 'Powered by MG XPOWER'.

  • Open article Anthony Reid: 'to take a race win was fantastic'
    16 November 2001: MG Sport and Racing contested the last six rounds of the 2001 British Touring Car Championship with the MG ZS EX259, and the highlight was a superb win for Anthony Reid at Brands Hatch. Straight after Brands Hatch, Anthony went to Portugal to test MG's Le Mans challenger for 2002 - and now we've caught up with him to talk about his win and the future…

  • Open article Kane joins MG's saloon stars at Estoril enduro.
    14 November 2001: Jonny Kane, part of MG Sport and Racing's Le Mans team, joined British Touring Car Championship regulars Anthony Reid and Warren Hughes to give the MG ZR 160 saloon its race debut at Estoril in Portugal last weekend. Driving a virtually road-specification car, the trio contested a 500km endurance race against a packed field of race cars - and brought the MG home a creditable 16th.

  • Open article Interview - MG Director Rob Oldaker
    7 November 2001: MG Sport and Racing Director Rob Oldaker is a driving force behind the company's motorsport programmes. Here he gives an insight into some of the philosophies behind its motorsport campaigns - Touring Cars, Le Mans and rallying - and what's in store for 2002.


  • October 2001

    Open article MG ZR wins class on rally debut!
    24 October 2001: Two MG ZRs have recorded an impressive rallying debut with a class win in the 2001 World Cup Rally, finishing 1st & 3rd in the 1.4-litre class and 4th & 6th overall in the gruelling event.

  • Open article Hughes: 'a brilliant way to end the season'
    9 October 2001: The final meeting of the 2001 British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch proved an unforgettable one for MG Sport & Racing. Warren Hughes claimed the first pole position for the new MG ZS EX259 Touring Car, and then, a day later, team-mate Anthony Reid notched up the team's first race win. We caught up with Warren at the end of the Brands Hatch race-day.

  • Open article Hughes gives MG first BTCC pole.
    6 October 2001: Warren Hughes gave MG Sport and Racing their first BTCC pole position by setting quickest time in qualifying at Brands Hatch today. The Geordie's time sees his MG ZS EX259 on pole for tomorrow's 50-lap Feature Race – out-pacing the previously dominant Vauxhall Astras who have set the standard all season.


  • September 2001

    Open article MGs improve for Donington qualifying.
    22 September 2001: The MG ZS touring cars made an overall improvement on their performance during qualifying at Donington Park for rounds 23 & 24 of the BTCC, since their debut at Silverstone two weeks ago.

  • Open article Dick Bennetts Interview
    20 September 2001: The MG ZS EX259 Touring Car project has seen MG Sport and Racing pull together the best available individuals and companies to make the car a success. The actual running of the cars is the responsibility of top Touring Car team West Surrey Racing, and team principal Dick Bennetts spared time from the task of preparing the two cars for their next races - at Donington Park on September 23 - to talk to us about the project...

  • Open article Warren's thoughts on Silverstone
    12 September 2001: Warren Hughes brought the No.20 MG EX ZS259 home fifth in the British Touring Car Championship Feature Race at Silverstone on Sunday - the BTCC debut of both the exciting new car and Warren, With the team now flat out working on the cars for the next meeting - we asked Warren for his thoughts on Silverstone.

  • Open article Reid reflects on Silverstone debut
    10 September 2001: Anthony Reid brought the No.2 MG ZS EX259 home in both races at the exciting new car's debut British Touring car Championship meeting at Silverstone, and shortly after that final race, we asked Anthony for his thoughts and impressions of the car and the BTCC...

  • Open article Top Six Starts for MG on Race Debut!
    8 September 2001: The exciting new MG ZS EX259's took to the track in anger for the first time today - and impressed the British Touring Car Championship regulars by being on the pace from their very first laps. After the single half-hour qualifying session this afternoon Anthony Reid will line the No.2 car up sixth for tomorrow's two races, with team-mate Warren Hughes starting from directly behind in eighth for both races - a superb performance from the team on their BTCC debut.
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