It’s often the case that the Motorsport off season brings about a sense of self loathing and despair for race fans. Watching professional racing drivers at the top of their game howling around the racetracks of the UK, bumper to bumper and swapping paint during those long spring and summer months is replaced by frantic scanning of the back pages and internet looking for news on the upcoming season.
Well worry no more. MotorMartin has been contacted by MG Motors UK with information regarding their participation in next seasons British Touring Car Championship when they announced a new three-year contract extension with Triple Eight Racing in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).
This new contract will see MG Triple Eight Racing battling it out in this ultra competitive series for more pole positions and manufacturer championship wins until 2018.
Matthew Cheyne, Head of Sales and Marketing for MG, said: “We are really excited to be renewing this partnership. The BTCC has given us the opportunity to give our brand some fantastic exposure, so we’re thrilled to be continuing this for another three years.
“We have built up a strong relationship with Triple Eight during our four years together, so we’re glad to be working with them again and look forward to developing a new team that will lead to more successes.”
Matthew added: “We’ve been very lucky to have worked with some extremely talented drivers over our time of being involved with the touring cars, but our plan is to grow our own champion over the duration of the contract. Driver announcements will be made soon, but we can confirm we’ll be looking to create a young and up-and-coming line up.”
With the arrival of the highly anticipated MG SUV in 2016, a car that MotorMartin is very much looking forward to driving, it looks like this will be an exciting new phase for the brand, finding new talent and working with them to grow fits with the direction MG Motor UK is going in.
Ian Harrison, Team Principal at Triple Eight Racing, said: “We’re delighted to renew this important strategic deal. This year we saw an even more competitive BTCC and, while our drivers didn’t always get the results hoped, we took small comfort in the fact we had a year of zero mechanical and electrical faults; which is rare in this business and is an example of the high standards that Triple Eight prides itself on.
“That quality has been a deciding factor for MG, who are realising the opportunity that the BTCC offers and we’re looking forwarding to working on the new MG6 platform for the coming three years. I fully believe we can once again be strong contenders for every title on the table.”
More information about the driver line-up for 2016 will be announced in due course.
Keep your eyes peeled on MotorMartin over the coming months if you want to stay up to date with all the driver, team and car news from the 2016 British Touring Car Championship and beyond. It just remains to say that MotorMartin will be keeping an eye on the 2016 season and wishing MG success against the more established teams of the BTTC.
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