10 December 2014
BTCC: MG confirms 2015 BTCC plans
MG will stay in the British Touring Car Championship next season after extending its association with Triple Eight Engineering.
MG has confirmed it will be on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship grid in 2015 after extending its deal with Triple Eight Engineering.
The revamped, Chinese-owned MG brand returned to the BTCC ranks with a manufacturer-backed bid run by multiple champions Triple Eight Engineering in 2012, the car proving instantly competitive in the hands of Jason Plato.
Picking up 22 wins in just three years, MG enjoyed its best season in 2014, securing the runners-up spot in the drivers' standings with Plato and beating Honda to the manufacturers' title for the first time.
With this in mind, MG – who were rumoured to be exiting the series after 2014 – says it is pleased to continue its successful association with the BTCC and Triple Eight, whilst hinting at a 'fresh look', indicating new drivers and new sponsors.
“I am delighted to be able to confirm that MG will return to defend its title as BTCC manufacturer champions in 2015,” said MG Head of Marketing Matthew Cheyne. “The three-year programme to race the MG6 GT with Triple Eight has proved so successful both on and off track that there was little doubt we would return in 2015.
“The MG brand is iconic and Triple Eight are the most successful team in the history of BTCC, as such together we are an attractive proposition and believe we will be in contention to defend our title next year. The BTCC has never been in such good shape and with a full grid containing a wide range of manufacturers and models, plus rising attendance and viewing figures, I am excited at the prospects for 2015 for MG, Triple Eight, our drivers, sponsors and of course our loyal and growing worldwide MG fan base.
“The BTCC programme has been a key part in re-establishing the MG brand in the UK and also globally. It has raised awareness of the brand with TV, online and press coverage that is not only followed in the UK but also across the world. The MG6 GT race car was designed to resemble the road car as closely as possible and in addition to the on-track programme, we have also operated a very successful mobile showroom next to the track, so BTCC fans can see and touch the latest MG6 and MG3 products.”
“We're very much looking forward to next year, our fourth with MG and 19th in the BTCC,” added Triple Eight Engineering's Ian Harrison. “Over the past three years we've taken more race wins than any other constructor and manufacturer, and next year we are intent on extending that run of form. There's little doubt that 2015 will be even more competitive than this year as teams get a handle on developing their cars, but we're confident we've assembled the right elements to take it to the other teams and ensure we're in the mix by the end of the year.“
Of MG's 2014 drivers, Sam Tordoff is already confirmed to be joining West Surrey Racing BMW for 2015, though Plato is yet to confirm his plans.
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