Former British F3 Champion Marc Hynes will return to racing in 2014, driving a third MG for Tiriple Eight Race Engineering in next year’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Hynes’ return to the driving seat will see him race a third MG6 for the Triple Eight/KX Momentum Racing squad in BTCC next year, dovetailing his racing programme with his current management role at the Marussia F1 team.
‘’I am hugely excited about racing in the BTCC”, said Hynes. “The series is looks better than ever; strong Teams and Drivers with big crowds and great TV coverage. The BTCC package presents a commercially viable formula, which is pretty rare these days.”
The 35-year-old is a former title winner in single-seater categories during the 90s, claiming the 1995 Formula Vauxhall Junior Championship, 1997 British Formula Renault Championship and, most famously, the 1999 British F3 title – beating future Formula 1 Champion Jenson Button in doing so with the latter – before engaging in a test with the B.A.R F1 team.
Hynes has played a key operational side in motorsport since his successes, acting as a driver coach for drivers such as Lewis Hamilton and Paul di Resta before since becoming a key member of the Marrussia F1 team as Head of Driver Development.
Hynes added: “I always knew that I had unfinished business in a racesuit and I feel very privileged to have been presented with the opportunity to go racing with Triple Eight. Their record in British Touring Cars is remarkable and they are a Team that I have long admired. Testing starts soon and I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel.”
The addition of Hynes to the 2014 grid sees Triple Eight field three MG6 machines in the BTCC next season, the squad having missed out on the title last season despite a late charge for the championship by Jason Plato.
Triple Eight team boss Ian Harrison said he was impressed by Hynes during his last competitive outing in a tin-top back during the V8 Supercar rounds at Phillip Island and Bathurst with the squad in 2008, commenting: “Naturally we are delighted to be running a third car next season, with the added bonus of a driver of Marc’s pedigree in the cockpit. I worked with him in 2008 at Bathurst and Philip Island, so I know what Marc can do in a tin-top.
“Being able to get his car built and out testing early will give him the opportunity to get to grips with the NGTC car prior to the start of the season and it is then a case of learning to race the car in the BTCC environment, which can be quite challenging.”