The field of cars entered in the British Touring Car Championship has grown incredibly in the last year or two. But as quintessentially British as the series is, few of those automakers represented on the grid are actually, you know... British. But that's all about to change with the latest entry from MG.

Now you might look at MG's current line-up of ho-hum Chinese econo-boxes and lament at how far the brand has fallen since its heyday of building quirky yet iconic roadsters, but MG is pulling all the stops with its touring car effort. The cars – based on the MG6 GT five-door – are being prepared by Triple 8 Race Engineering, the outfit responsible for turning Vauxhall into a powerhouse that dominated the BTCC for years.

If that's not enough to get the job done, the Sino-English automaker has also retained one of the very best drivers in the series. You may know the name and face of Jason Plato from Fifth Gear, the British motoring show he co-presents. But he's also a two-time BTCC champion, winner of 68 races and holds the records for the most fastest laps, pole positions and podiums in the history of the series. Poached from Chevrolet, Plato will be driving alongside up-and-coming talent Andy Neate.

All in all, MG KX Momentum Racing is shaping up as a force to be reckoned with, so the other 22 drivers on the grid had better take notice as the series gears up for its 55th running. Details in the press release after the jump.
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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.


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      Alex
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looked at picture, saw name "Plato." Thought to myself: "This has to be some kind of joke rendering. No way in hell that Plato would...." WTH. He's my favorite BTCC driver (when I can catch the races). Granted, he didn't seem that happy in his Chevy last year (what with it being non-turbo and the regulations giving turbos abt 5mph more on the straights), but to jump to MG?
      xenovitalis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, Plato jumped ship to MG? That's a gamble for both Plato and MG. If the car isn't properly developed we'll all hear about it for sure. Plato isn't one to keep his opinion of his car, a competitor or an official to himself.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        foobar222
        • 2 Years Ago
        agreed, I think a retro-ized new MGB (or MGBGT) would look great.
        dtrump_21
        • 2 Years Ago
        Agreed. If they continue where they are competing now, they are destined to fail again. The competition blows them well and truly away.
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      ack154
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome. Now if we could just get it aired in the US sometime before the season actually ends this year!
      jvshenderson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thats quite a tacky livery. Looks like a radio shack R/C car from the 90's...
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      From what I've read, the Chinese MGs are actually pretty good
      JB Kolod
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Polo R called, it wants it's styling back.
      Vincent Teron
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's amusing they got Jason Plato from Fifth Gear to drive the MG6, right after Fifth Gear posted a review on it that in a nutshell, called it a piece of Chinese junk. The god awful plastic interior was falling apart (the fake chrome plating on the shifter knob was chipping off after a hundred miles). The engine was lethargic and took forever to get to speed and its passing abilities were a joke. Fifth Gear said it was an embarrassment to the MG name plate, but at least they employed British workers to assemble the car out of Chinese-made parts. They didn't think that would last long though, since no one in their right mind would buy one of them. That's why I'm really amazed that the Chinese hired someone from Fifth Gear to drive for them. You think the Chinese corporate heads/government officials would be pretty pissed off at at the insolence of Fifth Gear.