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MG return, Plato to lead entry

MG confirms its return to the BTCC with Jason Plato leading a two-car assault on the series
After weeks of rumours, MG has confirmed that it will return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship with a two-car team headed by double champion Jason Plato.

Triple Eight Race Engineering will build and run the two MG6 GTs, which will be built to the BTCC's Next Generation Touring Car regulations.

Plato will be joined at the wheel by Andy Neate, while backing from Tesco Momentum 99 and energy drink KX will see the team entered under the MG KX Momentum Racing banner.

“It's really exciting to be involved in a brand new all-British team,” Plato said, “and it's just brilliant that the iconic name of MG will be back on the track.”

The return of MG to the series comes after it previously competed as a works entry from 2001 to 2003, with West Surrey Racing responsible for running the ZS model.

MG were last represented when Kartworld competed with a ZS back in 2008.

The decision to return to the BTCC comes with the manufacturer – now under new Chinese ownership – having returned to the British market with the MG6 model.

“We are delighted that the new MG6 will be seen by millions of fans in Britain and beyond, MG Motor sales and marketing director Guy Jones said, “and this continues the famous sporting lineage of the brand.”


Tagged as: MG , Jason Plato , Andy Neate , MG6 GT

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Bam Bam - Unregistered

January 25, 2012 12:00 PM

I'm surprised there is negativity towards a new manufacturer joining, something the series is really lacking. After all, save for the Civic, Cruze and new Focus, it's a fairly dated looking grid. Not sure if their respective teams will update, but the BMWs, Avensis, A4 and Golf will be previous gen models by the start of the season, while you can't even buy a Vectra, Lacetti or Integra (never could) anymore. Take a budget brand (one with a sporting heritage) that needs exposure, beef it up, throw some money at it and watch it panel bash on national TV! Perfect marketing tool.

Boo - Unregistered

January 25, 2012 10:19 AM

Regarding the low sales comments, that's precisely why they have entered BTCC with a factory-supported effort - to build exposure. Despite the preconceptions of Chinese models, the MG 6 got a fairly decent reception from the press, but awareness of the revived brand is low because people get misty-eyed and think back to its distant past. This should help it get some visibility in the public and with Triple 8 behind it, it could be successful. Think of it this way, Subaru were barely known before rallying, but are now icons of the sport, while Chevrolet hasn't exactly done badly out of touring car racing either. That said, not sure about the livery...



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