Δεν πέρασε και η λίγα η Βρετανική MG,, αλλά χάρη στην Κινέζικη SAIC -η οποία την εξαγόρασε- έβγαλε και νέο μοντέλο, το MG 6 το οποίο πλέον είναι διαθέσιμο και στην ευρωπαϊκή αγορά. Και σαν να μην έφτανε αυτό, ανακοίνωσε ότι θα μπει στο Βρετανικό Πρωτάθλημα Αυτοκινήτων Τουρισμού BTCC του 2012 με δύο αγωνιστικά MG6 GT. Η ομάδα ονομάστηκε MG KX Momentum Racing και έχει οδηγούς τον διάσημο οδηγό αγώνων και πρώην παρουσιαστή του Fifth Gear, Jason Plato, καθώς επίσης και τον Andy Neate.
To MG6 GT είναι ένα πεντάθυρο αγωνιστικό και θα ετοιμαστεί από την Triple Eight Race Engineering η οποία ήταν υπεύθυνη ομάδα για την Vauxhall, δίνοντας της περισσότερες από 100 νίκες στο BTCC. Ντεμπούτο θα κάνει στον πρώτα αγώνα της χρονιάς του πρωταθλήματος Dunlop MSA BTCC στην πίστα του Bands Hatch την 1η Απριλίου.
MG ENTERS BTCC WITH MG6 DREAM TEAM
MG Motor UK today announced it will enter the 2012 BTCC Series with a ‘dream team’ of cars, drivers, constructors and sponsors.
Two MG6 GT cars will run in the all-new MG KX Momentum Racing team piloted by double BTCC champion Jason Plato and BTCC rising star Andy Neate.
The cars will be prepared by Triple Eight Race Engineering, one of the most successful constructors in touring car racing. And completing the ‘dream team’ are principal sponsors Tesco Fuels with their Momentum 99 brand and KX energy drink completing an all-British line-up.
MG KX Momentum Racing will debut at Brands Hatch on April 1 when the 2012 Dunlop MSA BTCC championship season gets under way.
The MG6 GT five-door fastback is the first all-new MG in 16 years. It is designed and engineered at MG Motor UK’s plant in Birmingham where final assembly also takes place.
Jason Plato is the most successful driver in BTCC racing history with 68 career wins, with more fastest laps, pole and podium positions than any other driver in the history of the Series. He is undoubtedly the face of British Touring Cars as well as being a well-known and respected TV presenter and newly appointed Director of the British Racing Drivers Club.
Plato said: “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.”
Guy Jones, MG Motor’s Sales & 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.”
Triple Eight, headed by Ian Harrison, is based at Greatworth, just a few miles from the famous Silverstone race circuit. The company has more than 100 BTCC race wins to its credit.
GOW: MG RETURN “FANTASTIC NEWS”
MG’s return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship has been warmly welcomed by Series Director Alan Gow.
MG Motor UK has committed to building its new BTCC car – the MG6 GT model – to the Next Generation Touring Car regulations. These are leading to a greater number of bigger, faster, turbocharged machines on the BTCC grid for fans and media to savour.
Double Champion Jason Plato and emerging talent Andy Neate will drive for MG’s team which, with primary sponsorship from Tesco Fuels’ Momentum 99 brand and energy drink KX, will be called MG KX Momentum Racing. Triple Eight Race Engineering, one of the most successful constructors in BTCC history, will build and prepare the cars for what will be MG’s first foray as an official entry in the championship since 2003.
Gow, who made the BTCC a household name in the Nineties and who has led it through another boom period recently – it currently enjoys some 120 hours of coverage per season on ITV – commented: “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.”
And added Gow: “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.”
Please note that the artist’s impression of the car provided with this news release is not intended to be an accurate representation of some engineering/regulation details (e.g. wheels, rear-wing, bodywork etc.)
Media Invitation: the BTCC will hold its annual pre-season Media Day launch at Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire on Monday 19 March – a golden opportunity for media to meet the championship’s star drivers and see them in action in their cars prior to the opening race event of 2012 (Brands Hatch, Kent Sunday 1 April). The day’s timetable is specially designed to include film, photo and interview sessions. Media wishing to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org