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MG BTCC PREVIEW: ROCKINGHAM

MG will be looking to close the gap at the top of the Manufacturer’s Championship as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to Rockingham this weekend.

The MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save team are currently just 18 points behind leaders Honda with three race weekends to go. Meanwhile, in the Driver’s Championship, Jason Plato is still in the hunt for a third title, his MG6 GT trails the current Championship leader Colin Turkington by 39 points after cutting the gap at Knockhill two weeks ago.

LAST TIME OUT

Despite Knockhill not having been a happy hunting ground in previous years, the race in Fife proved to be a relative success as the MG6 secured a maiden podium at the Scottish circuit.

It looked like the success would come in the first race as Sam Tordoff led from pole position but an electrical problem hampered his race late on. Plato battled his way from fifth on the grid to second in race two to earn a Knockhill first podium for MG, while race three provided another unfavourable reverse grid. 10th and 13th was realistically the best the two drivers could attain.



Click here to read the full report. 

HISTORY AT ROCKINGHAM

Billed ‘the fastest track in Europe’, the MG6’s have been lightning-quick in the past at Rockingham, especially in the Saturday qualifying session, landing pole position in each of the previous visits. Plato started the 2012 in pole position while the 2013 race saw an MG 1-2 as Plato and Tordoff locked out the front row.

Plato has been on the podium four times in an MG at Rockingham and hopefully he or his teammate can add to their tally this weekend.

WHAT THE TEAM SAY

Triple Eight are the engineering team behind the MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save squad and Team Principal Ian Harrison believes there is everything to play for still.

He said: “We’re not going to win anything this year by finishing behind Colin (Turkington) and Gordon (Shedden). In a series as competitive as the BTCC, consistency isn’t enough.

"We’ve been the quickest front-wheel-drive cars in the series all year and we have to push more. We must maximise that advantage with both cars over the coming races to stand a chance of winning a trophy this year.

"Last year we locked out the front row at Rockingham – we need a similar performance this weekend.”

Click here to read the team’s preview in full.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Saturday 6 September
09.30 – 10.10: BTCC: Free Practice
12.40 – 13.20: BTCC: Free Practice
15.40 – 16.10: BTCC: Qualifying

Sunday 7 September
11.37: BTCC: Round 22 (16 laps)
13.52: BTCC: Round 23 (16 laps)
16.40: BTCC: Round 24 (16 laps)

HOW TO WATCH

Saturday's qualifying session will be broadcast live on ITV.com from 3.35pm.

ITV4 will have live coverage of all three of Sunday's races from 10.45am. 

Don't forget that you can also follow all of the progress over the weekend on Facebook and Twitter, as well as being able to watch highlights on the official MG YouTube channel from Thursday. 

CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

2014 BTCC driver standings (after round 21 of 30)
1      Colin Turkington (eBay Motors) 309
2      Gordon Shedden (Honda Yuasa Racing) 286
3      Jason Plato (MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save) 270
4      Rob Collard (eBay Motors) 220
5      Andrew Jordan (Pirtek Racing) 217
6      Mat Jackson (Airwaves Racing) 207
7      Matt Neal (Honda Yuasa Racing) 190
8      Sam Tordoff (MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save) 143

2014 BTCC Manufacturers Championship
1      Honda/Dynamics      659
2      MG/Triple Eight      641

2014 BTCC Teams' Championship 
1      eBay Motors                               531
2      Honda Yuasa Racing                   473
3      MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save       407
4      Airwaves Racing                          307
5      Chrome Edition Restart Racing     251



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