MG celebrated winning its first manufacturer title in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at the TOCA Night of Champions, on Saturday 22 November.
The champions of the 2014 BTCC series and supporting races were formally crowned and awarded their trophies at the prestigious Crown Plaza Heythrop Park Hotel in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.
MG collected the BTCC manufacturer’s trophy and the MSA award for the winning manufacturer whilst MG driver Jason Plato collected the runner-up driver’s award in one of the most fiercely contested driver’s championships in decades.
The victory was an incredible result for MG, ending the four year dominance of Honda in the Championship after only forming the team in early 2012. With a capacity grid, increasing number of manufacturers, models and top level drivers combined with rising attendance and media coverage, the 2014 season was referred to as the start of a golden era for British touring cars.
After collecting the trophies on behalf of MG, Sales and Marketing Director Guy Jones said “Winning the manufacturer title could not have come at a better time as part of the plan to re-establish the MG brand in the UK and global markets. MG has returned to its rightful position at the top of British motorsport in the year that sees MG as the fastest growing brand in the UK and when MG celebrates its 90th anniversary. I want to thank everyone again who worked so hard to make this a success both on and off the track. The team here at MG, Ian Harrison and the team at Triple Eight, the drivers Jason Plato, Sam Tordoff and Tesco, Castrol and all our other sponsor partners”.
“The BTCC programme has raised awareness of the brand with high-profile TV, online and press coverage that is not only followed in the UK but also across the world. The MG6 GT race car was designed to closely resemble the road car and combined with a very successful mobile showroom next to the track, we maximised the opportunity for BTCC fans to see and touch the latest MG6 and MG3 products”.
MG literally raced to the grid in 2012 where the MG6 GTs turned their wheels in anger for the first time in the opening race and yet the team was winning races from that initial weekend. The goal was to win the manufacturer’s championship but to do this meant defeating the established and highly successful Honda team, reigning champions for the past four years. It is therefore a great achievement and credit to all at Triple Eight to achieve this in just three seasons.
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