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19th May 2003

MG READY TO TAKE ON THRUXTON CHALLENGE

MG ZSs MG ZS drivers Anthony Reid, Warren Hughes and Colin Turkington will head south this weekend to the fastest circuit on the British Touring Car Championship calendar. Thruxton plays host to rounds 5 & 6 of the Championship and after a promising performance from the MG Sport & Racing team at Brands Hatch last time out the team will be looking to secure that all important first podium finish.

Anthony Reid will be carrying an additional 9kg of success ballast following his impressive 4th place in the final round at Brands Hatch. On entering the race at a slightly heavier weight Anthony said: "I think the car will go well at Thruxton based on the testing session we completed in April. We know a great deal more about the Dunlop control tyre and the areas where we experienced weaknesses last year have been vastly improved. Iím very optimistic at our chances."

Warren Hughes was denied a podium place in round 3 at Brands Hatch. A collision with another car sent him off into the gravel on the final corner of the race. Heading to Thruxton weight free Warren said: "At Brands Hatch I feel we learnt a lot about the car and in particular about the new Dunlop tyres. Although Thruxton is almost the opposite extreme to Brands Hatch with long fast corners I believe we will be very competitive. I don't believe the results to date are a true reflection of the MG ZSís competitiveness and hopefully at Thruxton weíll be able to show what the car is capable of."

Colin Turkington was also denied some silverware after his determined drive in the last round. A podium place was in his sights before he came under increased pressure and ultimately contact from James Thompson, which resulted in the MG ZS heading off into the barrier. This time out Colinís MG ZS will be 24kg lighter and commenting on his prospects, he said: "Due to the fact I was second quickest on the official test day at Thruxton, I have every reason to go into the race full of confidence. The MG showed great pace at Brands Hatch, enabling me to run consistently at the front and I am expecting no less at Thruxton."

Kim Johnson, director, MG Sport & Racing added: "The MG ZS really showed its potential at Brands Hatch and weíll be carrying limited weight for the opening round at Thruxton, which is a bonus. Thruxton is a speed circuit with huge potential for overtaking but also huge potential for error. Our engine developers AER together with our own sister company Powertrain have worked extremely hard on increasing the power output of the K-series engine. We are keen to achieve our first podium finish and are positive that this is well within our grasp."

Issued by MG Rover Group Communications


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