BTCC: Knockhill: WSR team preview

MG ZS Touring Car to make Scottish debut. The MG ZS Touring Car makes its Scottish debut this weekend when Anthony Reid and Warren Hughes compete in rounds 15 & 16 of the British Touring Car Championship on the short and busy circuit of ...

MG ZS Touring Car to make Scottish debut.

The MG ZS Touring Car makes its Scottish debut this weekend when Anthony Reid and Warren Hughes compete in rounds 15 & 16 of the British Touring Car Championship on the short and busy circuit of Knockhill.

Anthony Reid returns to his native Scotland with the intention to perform well in front of his home fans. Anthony is familiar with the area having been educated locally and then attending Loretto, just outside Edinburgh, the former school of twice world champion Jim Clark. On his return 'home' he said: "I'm going to Knockhill with no ballast which should present me with a good opportunity to do battle in front of my home crowd. I believe that the MG ZS will do well around this tight and twisty track."

MG XPOWER driver Warren Hughes will be pressing hard to achieve another podium place following his successful outing at Snetterton. Although he enters the next round with 18kg of success ballast he still remains positive that the MG ZS should compete well on the twists and turns of Knockhill. He commented: "Knockhill is an unusual circuit in terms of its layout - tight and twisty with areas where you have to be very aggressive with the car. It's also brilliant for spectators because they can see so much of the track. I'm looking forward to going there, although I will be carrying extra weight and it's quite a difficult circuit to overtake on. Getting the most out of the car in qualifying is going to be crucial yet tricky because of the amount of traffic on this short circuit."

The WSR team produced their quickest pit stop of the season for Anthony Reid at Snetterton and will be looking for a repeat performance this weekend.

Having not raced at Knockhill before Dick Bennetts, managing director of WSR is looking forward to the prospect. He said: "Knockhill, homeland of Anthony Reid is going to be interesting as well as a challenge."

The recent success of Team Atomic Kitten in the Independents Cup means that drivers Colin Turkington and Gareth Howell will be all set to continue their winning streak. Colin said: "Knockhill is a 'second-home' circuit for me as I am studying at Stirling University. It's a track I have done well on in the past so I'm hoping to keep my current string of results going and bank some more points. However, with the success ballast I'll be carrying from Snetterton (9kgs), it's going to be a challenge."

Gareth Howell added: "I'm looking forward to Knockhill as it's a true handling circuit - it's tight and twisty like Mondello where the MG went well. I'm hoping we'll be very competitive there. However, this is the first time the MG has been driven on this track so we'll be collecting data as we go!"

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Series BTCC
Drivers Anthony Reid , Jim Clark , Warren Hughes , Gareth Howell , Colin Turkington