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30th April 2003


Turkington and Reid, MG ZS The British Touring Car Championship action continues this weekend as the MG ZS痴 of Anthony Reid, Colin Turkington and Warren Hughes head South for rounds 3 & 4 at Brands Hatch.

Following the first race in Ireland at Mondello Park, the MG Sport & Racing Team will be looking for an improved performance on what has traditionally been a favoured circuit for the MG ZS. A win here last year and the fastest lap at the first official testing session means that Warren Hughes will be looking to build on his recent success at the track. Warren commented: "It is important that we come away from Brands having clawed back some of what was lost at Mondello. Thankfully the car is fast and again seems very well suited to the characteristics of Brands. If we could repeat the results of last season's race at Brands that would be ideal. I'm not taking anything for granted though because the championship is tough and we are going to have to be at the top of our game to get the right result. A win or two is what I want though."

Anthony Reid also collected silverware at Brands Hatch last year and will be trying to capitalise on the fact that he will be running 24kg lighter than some of his colleagues. Anthony said: "After Mondello we値l be looking to turn things around. I was particularly encouraged by our improved pace in Ireland but I値l be wanting to turn that into positive race results this weekend."

Colin Turkington, who recently posted second fastest time at the BTCC test at Thruxton, is determined to put the troubles of Mondello Park well and truly behind him. Colin said: "I知 looking forward to Brands Hatch with a renewed confidence and optimism. I performed well at the BTCC test here last month and qualified fourth and fifth in the corresponding rounds last year. I値l be looking to the strength of the MG ZS to improve my position this time around."

Kim Johnson, director, MG Sport & Racing said: "The chassis of the MG ZS has a tradition of being well suited to the Indy Circuit at Brands Hatch. In 2002 the circuit provided us with the highlight of season with a double win and we値l certainly be working hard towards a repeat performance. We have the opportunity to qualify well and post some positive results."

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