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23rd January 2001

MG ROVER GROUP UNLEASHES THE POTENTIAL OF MG THROUGH MOTORSPORT

MG Rover Group announces today the MG brandís return to the world of competitive motorsport.

2001 will see MG competing in sports car racing, touring car racing, rallying and the continuation of the MGF one make series.

The MG Lola sports car will compete in the LMP675 class at the Le Mans twenty four hour race in June 2001. The two-car team managed by Chamberlain Motorsport will have six drivers bringing together an exciting blend of youth and experience. The driver line-up so far is:

Julian Bailey, Anthony Reid, Warren Hughes, Kevin McGarrity and Jonny Kane.

The TOCA Tour (formerly BTCC) entry, again engineered in partnership with Lola Cars International, will be a version of the MG saloon project code named X20 entered in the BTC Touring class. West Surrey Racing (WSR) have been appointed to manage the two-car team which will see Anthony Reid and Warren Hughes at the wheel on entry into the championship later this year.

The rally entry, a version of the MG saloon project code named X30, will enter in selected rounds of the newly created F3 Super 1600 category of both the World and British Rally Championships. The car will be developed and run by GMD Motorsport, who have recruited the highly experienced international rally driver Gwyndaf Evans as lead driver.

Commenting on this extensive motorsport programme, Rob Oldaker, director product development at MG Rover Group said: "The MG brand has a great pedigree of success in motorsport. Our return to tarmac and gravel forms an integral part of our plans to re-energise the MG name, utilising the dynamic performance credentials of the product range. The work to-date has demonstrated the excellent capabilities of our MG Rover chassis' for motorsport application and the technical feedback will ensure all road-going MG's will bring to life the fun and excitement associated with the brand."

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