The number of MG ZS Touring Cars on the BTCC grid doubles this weekend with the debut of Team Atomic Kitten at Oulton Park. Backed by the leading girl group, who will all be at the circuit on Sunday to see their cars make their first race starts, drivers Gareth Howell and Colin Turkington are ready to challenge for success in the Independents category of the championship's Touring Class.

Despite not having the opportunity to drive their MG ZS cars at Oulton Park until the day of qualifying, both of the team's young drivers are looking forward to the experience. The distinctive yellow and black team Atomic Kitten cars are ready to race, taking on the best in the country's highest profile race series.

Gareth Howell already has a season of experience in the BTCC, having competed in the Production Class last year, which will stand him in good stead on the busy Oulton Park raceday. Gareth was forced to watch the opening two races on Easter Monday, and is now looking forward to being in the thick of the action this weekend.

"I was a frustrated spectator at Brands," said Gareth, "and can't wait to get racing at Oulton Park. I've been training hard and know I'm up against a steep learning curve."

Colin Turkington, in just his second full season of motor sport, makes his debut in the series. Having raced last season in one of the supporting events to the BTCC, Colin won seven races, and will be looking to bring that competitiveness to his Team Atomic Kitten drive.

"I'm so excited!" said 20-year-old Colin. "I'm really looking forward to Oulton Park. It'll be my first touring car race so I don't really know what to expect like! Although I'm a little anxious my excitement overrides that."

The Atomic Kitten girls will be in the Oulton pit-lane during Sunday morning's autograph session, which is scheduled for 10.50am.