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16th March 2002


The MG ZR EX258 returns to the rally stage this weekend when it takes part in the 38th Rally Catalunya. The rally forms round two of the 2002 FIA Junior World Rally Championship.

With Gwyndaf Evans behind the wheel and co-driver Chris Patterson, the GSE Motorsport prepared MG will be looking for an improved performance from Monte Carlo when it crashed out on the third stage. Since Monte Carlo a new car has been built to compete at Catalunya. Further improvements have been made to the car and the team is looking to Catalunya as an opportunity to gain an increased knowledge of the car in this development year.

Commenting on recent testing developments, Gwyndaf said: "We had a positive test at MIRA and the engine has improved immensely in low-down power and durability. Whilst we haven't got a set-up for Catalunya we have learned a lot more about the MG Rally car."

Chris added: "We're really looking forward to Catalunya and hope the weather will be good to us - stay dry! Our aim is to get some more miles under our belt so we can further develop the car."

The event takes place 22-24 March and covers a total of 16 stages and a total distance of 394.98km - all tarmac.

Leg 1 - 6 stages - 176.72km

Leg 2 - 6 stages - 112.00kms

Leg 3 - 6 stages - 106.26km

Issued by MG Rover Group Corporate Communications

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