The MG ‘name’ returns to the BTCC with Jason Plato

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MG Motor UK will join the BTCC grid this year with its MG6 GT model – built to the Next Generation Touring (NGT) Car regulations by one of the BTCC’s most successful constructors, Triple Eight Race Engineering.

NGT cars are cheaper to build, but also faster than the S2000 cars, due to their standard turbocharged engines and offer a much lower threshold for new manufacturers (such as MG Motor) to join the series.

The team will run two MG6s under the name MG KX Momentum Racing, driven by two-time BTCC champion Jason Plato and new team-mate Andy Neate. MG last competed in the BTCC as a works entry from 2001-03, whilst the last time we saw the MG badge on the grid was in 2008 when Jason Hughes drove the West Surrey Racing built MG ZS.

Plato, with an unrivalled 68 race wins in the BTCC to his name, 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.”

MG is one of motoring’s truly evocative names so its BTCC campaign will, I’m sure, really capture the public’s imagination

MG’s return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship has been warmly welcomed by Series Director Alan Gow, who said “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.”

He went on to add, “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.”

L to R: Jason Plato and Andy Neate will drive for MG in the 2012 BTCC series.