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17th September 2002

MG LOOKING FOR PODIUM FINALE AT DONINGTON

After their triumphant weekend at Brands Hatch the MG XPOWER Hot Wheels Racing team head to Donington Park for the final round of this yearís British Touring Car Championship.

With Donington being the nearest circuit to MG Sport & Racing, the team will be looking to be on the podium again to end the season on a high note. Both MG ZS works drivers Anthony Reid and Warren Hughes are familiar with the Midlands circuit having both taught at the Jim Russell racing school.

On returning to the circuit Warren said: "The season has flown by. I can't believe we've got the last race coming up already. In many ways I don't want the season to end because I want more weekends like Brands Hatch, where the MG was amazing. For me I think Donington is going to be a lot harder as Iím carrying maximum ballast. However, we had an excellent test there in June and in this championship you never know what can happen. I would be very happy if I could finish the season with another podium."

Team-mate Anthony Reid added: "I will certainly be chasing a podium finish. It will be a tough test but will provide an opportunity for MG to further clarify the winter development programme to ensure we are challenging for the championship next year."

As the 2002 season comes to an end Rob Oldaker, managing director, MG Sport & Racing Ltd comments on the final rounds at Donington Park: "Donington will be a tougher challenge for us than Brands Hatch but that doesnít mean weíre any less committed. Looking back itís been a season of highs and lows with the highs coming from that tremendous weekend at Brands Hatch. The pride that the success gave us can be felt throughout the company and the teamwork which has been created between ourselves, WSR and AER has been invaluable."

Team Atomic Kitten will complete the line-up of MGs on the grid with Gareth Howell and Colin Turkington competing in the Independents Cup. Gareth, currently lying fourth in the Championship, will be pushing for points. He said: "We're definitely getting on top of our car now and have a good baseline set-up. Itís a shame that these are the final rounds. I'm still really focused on the Independents Championship and although it is a tough task, and relies on others having difficult weekends, it's not over."

Colin Turkington has celebrated four Independent Cup race wins this season and goes to Donington Park with no weight ballast. He explains: "We had a very productive test at Donington Park earlier in the year and due to the fact I have no success ballast there is potential for a good result. The aim again is two strong finishes but I will be pushing as hard as possible for two more Independent (Cup) wins."

Looking forward to Donington Dick Bennetts, managing director, WSR said: "Going into the final round with the victories from Brands Hatch is encouraging. The MG ZS has improved through refinements weíve made since the June TOCA test, so the car should be challenging for overall wins. MG Sport and Racing have a realistic chance of achieving 3rd in the driverís Championship with Anthony Reid.

"Team Atomic Kitten driver Gareth Howell also has a chance of becoming Independents Cup Champion, even though Team Atomic Kitten missed the first two races of the season. This shows the pace of the MG ZS BTC Touring car, which is the obvious choice for Independent teams for 2003."

Issued by MG Rover Group Communications


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