Former British F3 champion Marc Hynes has revealed pictures of the car he will use on his full-time return to competition in 2014.
The Briton, who beat future F1 drivers Luciano Burti, Jenson Button and Narain Karthikeyan to the 1999 F3 title, has not raced seriously since spending a year in the Porsche Supercup in 2007, but has announced that he will campaign a third Triple Eight-run MG6 alongside the two entries that performed so strongly in 2013.
"I am hugely excited about racing in the BTCC," Hynes admitted, "The package presents a commercially viable formula, which is pretty rare these days. The series looks better than ever; strong teams and drivers with big crowds and great TV coverage."
Hynes, who won the UK Formula Vauxhall Jr and Formula Renault titles before stepping up to F3, tested an F1 car with BAR, but has had his involvement in the top flight limited to the position of head of driver development at Marussia, a role which grew out his driver coaching efforts to the likes of Lewis Hamilton at former team Manor Motorsport. He will dovetail his BTCC programme with the role.
"I always knew that I had unfinished business in a race suit and I feel very privileged to have been presented with the opportunity to go racing with Triple Eight and MG," Hynes concluded.
The addition of a third car comes at the end of a very successful 2013 season for MG which saw race veteran Jason Plato
narrowly miss out what would have been a third BTCC title with the MG KX Momentum Racing team. Rookie team-mate Sam Tordoff also had an outstanding maiden season, landing four career podium finishes.
“We are delighted to be running a third MG next season, with a driver of Marc's talent and experience," MG sales and marketing director Guy Jones said, "We have had a great response to MG returning to BTCC and, last season, we narrowly missed out on the championship title. We are really looking forward to increasing awareness of MG in 2014 with our new MG3 and more MG6s on the road and on the track.”