By Jamie Arrowsmith 26/01 Updated: 02/02 17:44
MG are gearing up for a return to the British Touring Car Championship next season and will have a double world champion on board it was announced this week.
The Longbridge-based company, who are to race under the name MG KX Momentum Racing, will have two-time BTCC champion Jason Plato driving their MG6 GT, together with emerging talent Andy Neate from Aylesbury.
Supporting the team to complete an all British line-up are principal sponsors Tesco Fuels with their Momentum 99 brand and KX energy drink.
Plato has 68 career wins to his name and more fastest laps, pole and podium positions than any other driver in the history of BTCC and is hoping to continue that success with his new team.
“It’s really exciting to be involved in a brand new all British team and it’s just brilliant that the iconic name of MG will be back on the track,” he said.
“We’ve got a three-year programme here - that’s not to say we want to wait until ‘year three’ to win. The objective is to go out and challenge straight away.
“We’re convinced that we’re going to be winning races very soon. There’s a lot of work going on back at the factory at Triple Eight in terms of design, build and construction of all the key elements of the car.”
Guy Jones, MG Motor’s Sales and Marketing Director said: “We are delighted that the new MG6 will be seen by millions of fans in Britain and beyond and this continues the famous sporting lineage of the brand.”
The return of MG to BTCC action has been warmly welcomed by Series Director Alan Gow who said: “This is fantastic news for all the fans who follow the BTCC, either in their hundreds of thousands trackside or in their vast millions watching on TV in both the UK and many other regions around the globe.
“MG is one of motoring’s truly evocative names so its BTCC campaign will, I’m sure, really capture the public’s imagination.
“This high-profile return to the forefront of competition in the BTCC is also certain to prove highly effective in terms of marketing for MG and all of its partners, as well as delivering some great results for them on the track.
“This news has again underlined the great success of our NGTC regulations, enabling teams and manufacturers such as MG to embark on a major BTCC programme in a far more cost-effective and competitive basis than before - hence the reason we have such a fabulous diversity of makes and models in our championship.”
The BTCC season, which is covered live on ITV4, gets underway at Brands Hatch on April 1.
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