MG KX Momentum Racing are heading to Thruxton for the third round of the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship looking for a strong set of results before the championship takes a six week break.
Thruxton has always proved to be the most successful circuit for Triple Eight Race Engineering with the team having won nine of the last fifteen BTCC races held at the Hampshire circuit. The MG KX Momentum Racing team are hoping the MG6 shows similar race pace to the team's Vauxhall predecessor.
Team Principal, Ian Harrison said: “Thruxton has been a good track for us in the past, but with our new car it doesn't stand for much to be honest. Thruxton's fast turns command respect from both drivers and the team, so we will be ensuring that we get the best speed out of the car, while keeping an eye on the dreaded tyre wear. It also looks like the weather will be a factor this weekend, so all in all, it's a bit of a lottery!”
Thruxton has always been a favourite among the BTCC grid. With the nature of the high speed track and sweeping corners it has always been challenging.
Championship leader Jason Plato said: “I just love Thruxton. Of all the UK circuits we visit on the calendar, this is the one that gets your heart racing the most. It is a huge challenge for the drivers and engineers. Interestingly the last time I had a perfect set-up for this circuit was in 2001, in a Triple Eight engineered car. It's time to win some races!”
Teammate Andy Neate commented: “Thruxton is a great circuit to be heading to next, which will hopefully suit the MG6. Overall I'm looking for a strong and consistent weekend.”
With Plato leading the overall Drivers' Championship, Neate lies in 13th and with 93 points, MG KX Momentum Racing are 5th in the Teams' Championship.