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6th May 2002
Reid on podium for MG
Anthony Reid kept up MG Sport and Racing's run of podium
finishes with third place in the opening 15-lap Sprint Race at Thruxton this
afternoon. Battling for position all the way through the 15-lap race, Reid was
right with the car in second at the end. Team-mate Warren Hughes finished
eleventh after being hit by another car on the opening lap effecting his
The high-speed Hampshire circuit poses some unique challenges,
and Reid was initially third, only to lose a place to Matt Neal on the fourth
lap: I had some oversteer at Church which is a sixth gear, 130mph corner
and Matt Neal had the momentum to go past me, explained Anthony.
stayed with Neal, taking third when Yvan Muller retired from second place with a
I'm pleased to take finish in the points again and
on the podium, said Anthony. This race showed what a good car the MG ZS EX260
is, it was great through the corners.
Warren had to battle a handling
problem for much of the race courtesy of contact from another car - and
ultimately finished eleventh.
I got a good hit on the opening lap, it
put me into a half-spin explained Warren. That effected the handling and it
was a really hard race from then on.
The Team Atomic Kitten MGs had
mixed fortunes. Gareth Howell was in the thick of a dicing clutch of cars and
came home tenth, while Colin Turkington retired from seventh after a wheel
The car is good round here, said Gareth, we're going to make
some changes before the Feature Race, but that race was a real
I lost a rear wheel, explained Colin. It was a shame the
car was good and I could do what I wanted with it.
British Touring Car
Sprint Race 15 Laps
1 James Thompson GB Vauxhall
Motorsport Astra 19mins47.539secs
2 Matt Neal GB Egg Sport Vauxhall Astra
3 Anthony Reid GB MG Sport and Racing ZS EX260
4 Andy Priaulx GB Honda Racing Civic Type-R -10.239secs
Tim Harvey GB Team Halfords Peugeot 406 Coupe -16.953secs
6 Dan Eaves GB Team
Halfords Peugeot 406 Coupe -17.196secs
7 Aaron Slight NZ Barwell Motorsport
Vauxhall Astra -19.841secs
8 Paul O'Neill GB Egg Sport Vauxhall Astra
9 David Leslie GB TSP Proton Impian -23.172secs
Howell GB Team Atomic Kitten MG ZS EX259
Photograph © Kelvin Fagan
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