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23rd June 2003

Green Flag MSA British Touring Car Championship
Rounds 9 & 10 at Rockingham

Turkington and Reid, MG ZS Race 1
Weather Sunny/Track Dry

Car no. 4 Anthony Reid Position: 6th
Car no. 5 Colin Turkington Position: D.N.F
Car no. 6 Warren Hughes Position: 8th

MG Sport & Racing came to Rockingham determined to get a podium position at the UKís newest race circuit in Corby. The racing provided the large crowd with the most exciting of the series.

At the end of the first lap MGs occupied 3rd, 5th and 7th places, but on lap 4 Colin Turkington was forced to retire with an engine problem.

Lap 7 brought out the safety car. Anthony Reidís MG suffered most as he had been well ahead of Muller at that point. By the restart at lap 11, the field had bunched right up. As the field streamed into Deene hairpin, suspension damage caused earlier forced Reid to go wide, letting Muller and Hughes in the other MG through.

Reidís commitment in the chicane was chilling. Sadly the front suspension broke two corners from the end, but managed to finish. The resultant 6th place was scant reward for an epic drive. Team mate Warren Hughes and Collardís Astra were almost alongside at the finish.

Race 2
Weather Overcast /Track Dry

Car no. 4 Anthony Reid Position: 2nd
Car no. 5 Colin Turkington Position: D.N.F
Car no. 6 Warren Hughes Position: 3rd

Reid made a storming start from 6th on the grid and was challenging for second place at the hairpin where Nealís Honda engine blew. In the resultant confusion Anthony Reid emerged in the lead with Hughes in 7th place. Again Colin Turkington had no luck at all and was forced to retire on lap 2.

Reid continued to lead through the pit stops, but on lap 17 Bentwood collided with Boardman on the start finish line forcing the safety car to come out whilst debris was cleared. To add to the drama, the weather took a turn for the worse with dark clouds and lightning. Racing re-commenced on lap 22. Reid led into the hairpin but slid wide enough for Muller to take the lead. Hughes forced his way into 3rd and the positions were held to the finishing line, rewarding MG and WSR with a double podium.

Commenting on the weekend, Anthony Reid said: ďItís been a fantastic weekend and WSR have really got the car to work well. I was really disappointed to lose 1st place so close to the end but 2nd is our best result so far. Warren Hughes added: ďThe stops were really good and I am pleased to have got fastest lap time in the race 2 and third place overall.

Dick Bennett, managing director, WSR said: ďThe racing seems to be getting much more exciting. I am disappointed for Colin this weekend, but for Anthony and Warren getting a double podium this weekend is a great result for the drivers, MG and WSR.

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