Defending champion Matt Neal has welcomed the news that MG will join the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship this season.

MG Motor UK confirmed it would back a two-car team run by Triple Eight earlier this week, with Jason Plato spearheading the team after moving over from Chevrolet [See separate story HERE.

While Neal's Honda Racing team has been busy building its own NGTC-specification Civics for some time, with Triple Eight now working on the MG6 GTs it will campaign.

Speaking to the official BTCC website, btcc.net, Neal welcomed the addition of another manufacturer to the grid but said he wasn't going to worry about what other teams were doing preparing for the season ahead.

"It's brilliant to see another manufacturer coming into the BTCC," he said. "Good on them and well done to Jason for helping pull that deal together. Some people moan and groan about him but he's one of the people who gets out there and does it.

"How they'll get on, I don't know. They've said they're going for wins from the off - we did it with the Honda Integra first meeting out in 2005 and Triple Eight did it with the Astra and Vectra...

"It all depends how quickly they hit the sweet spot with the car. It's the same for us with the Civic - we're both running to the NGTC regulations for the first time. I know they are cracking on with it but I'm actually ignoring what everyone else is doing. I'm just focusing on what we're doing so we're as competitive as we can be at the first round. Me worrying about the others is not going to do us any favours."

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