MG Motor UK has confirmed its entry into this year's British Touring Car Championship with the MG 6

MG Motor UK has signed double touring car champion Jason Plato to spearhead its new three-year assault on the British Touring Car Championship.

The manufacturer will join the series with two five-door MG6 GT cars run under the auspices of the MG KX Momentum Racing team. The cars will be prepared by Triple Eight Race Engineering, which successfully ran the factory Vauxhall squad for many years.

Plato – champion with Vauxhall in 2001 and Chevrolet in 2010 – will be joined by Andy Neate, who last year drove a Team Aon Ford Focus in the BTCC.

See a rendering of the MG 6 BTCC challenger

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 and Marketing Director, said: “We are delighted that the new MG 6 will be seen by millions of fans in Britain and beyond and this continues the famous sporting lineage of the brand.”

The first round of this year’s Dunlop MSA BTCC takes place at Brands Hatch on April 1.

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25 January 2012

Should help lift the profile of the manufacturer for the less motoring orientated sector of the population.

They have a great basis for winning as well with both Plato and Tripple Eight involved.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

25 January 2012

That's them managed to sell two cars! Well done MG. Oh, but wait, how much is Plato being paid to be seen in one? And have you checked for a pulse?

25 January 2012

First round is on April 1st - leave you to make your own comments about that.

25 January 2012

That's great news! Well done, MG. I'll be supporting them in the BTCC. Hopefully they'll do well - Jason Plato seems to do alright still! It's just a shame that MG didn't use the Magnette instead of the hatchback. But still, it's great news.

I look forward to the special edition MG6s! Can't be any worse than the BTCC edition Cruze with white alloys. BMW's 320si is probably a better benchmark!

25 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]Should help lift the profile of the manufacturer for the less motoring orientated sector of the population.[/quote]

What makes you think the less motoring orientated sector of the population are going to take any notice of the BTCC?

25 January 2012

Plato just won himself a huge fan in our assiduous MG supporting fellow forum member, Prodigy. :)

25 January 2012

[quote Symanski] That's them managed to sell two cars! [/quote] Yep ! And with the huge potential for crashes in BTCC, they can get rid of some of the other unsold stock...

25 January 2012

FFS why all the negativity - there are two great drivers with great history, a great team with great history and a great marque with great history especially in BTCC.

I for one wish them well, and look forward to seeing how they perform, season one will be a learning curve for the team and drivers so i dont expect too much from them especially in the early part of the season.

As for the stupid comments about April the 1st thats just pathetic

And as for the comment about BTCC and sales, i suggest you look at Chevys sales before BTCC and after and that includes WTCC and sales around the world, Civic sales went up when they entered BTCC, Seat had the sales more than double around the world once the were in BTCC and WTCC... WHY CAN YOU GIVE THEM A CHANCE.... all in MY opinion

25 January 2012

[quote jonboy4969]FFS why all the negativity - there are two great drivers with great history, a great team with great history and a great marque with great history especially in BTCC.

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+1.

Some people really do have it in for the MG6. When someone starts acting like a child on Porsche 911 threads, they are usually ganged up on by fans of the car. And yet some of those Porsche defenders happily have a dig at this car whenever it is mentioned. Those Beetle-lovers are hypocrites! ;)

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25 January 2012

It would be so nice to see MG back in business, but so far it does seem a long way off. BMW could have really have moved MG upmarket to say the least - what a shame they didn´t! Perhaps there will be a high quality electric MG in 2020?

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