BTCC: MG Snetterton race report

RACE ONE Weather: HOT Track: DRY <pre> RESULT Car no 4 Anthony Reid 5th 5 Colin Turkington DNF 6 Warren Hughes DNF </pre> With victory from the previous round at Croft still in the air ...

RACE ONE
Weather: HOT
Track: DRY <pre> RESULT Car no 4 Anthony Reid 5th 5 Colin Turkington DNF 6 Warren Hughes DNF </pre>

With victory from the previous round at Croft still in the air the mood in the MG camp was high at Snetterton, near Norfolk. Temperatures nearing 330C caused some concern for Anthony Reid carrying full success ballast, but with Warren Hughes and Colin Turkington each running 66kg lighter, a good team result was hoped for.

But in the first 200 yards of Race One disaster struck as the MG ZS's of Hughes and Turkington were involved in a spectacular starting grid clash with a Honda. The incident ended several competitors' race including Colin's hopes for a victory as his MG spun and sustained extensive damage to the left rear. Warren continued under the safety car but a slow puncture was getting ready to end his hopes and he was left stranded on the side of the circuit.

The lone MG of Reid made determined progress through the pack from a starting position of 12th on the grid. By lap 10 Anthony was running 6th and holding his position comfortably. After a slick pit stop Anthony rejoined the race and ended in 5th position after the retirement of Alan Morrison's Honda on the final lap.

RACE TWO
Weather: HOT
Track: DRY <pre> RESULT Car no 4 Anthony Reid 3rd 5 Colin Turkington 4th and ITV "Driver of the Day" award winner 6 Warren Hughes 8th </pre> Despite a 7.30pm twilight start, the tarmac was still shimmering in the heat as the field got off to a more orderly start. Colin Turkington's car had been repaired in four hours and for the early part of the race he and Warren Hughes shadowed each other.

Anthony Reid set a strong pace right from the start and held it after his pitstop where he capitalised on new tyres to catch up with the Honda of Alan Morrison.

Colin Turkington began to claw his way up the field, setting and holding fastest lap in his MG ZS until lap 18. Finishing 4th after starting at the back of the BTC touring grid category was a true testament of the car's pace.

Overall, securing points for MG by all the drivers this weekend was a good achievement for everyone in the team, contributing to the BTCC manufactures' championship title.

Anthony Reid said: "Having won at Croft it was disappointing not to win again. The race started well even though I had ballast but I felt it hindered my performance. I wish I had a few more engine revs as it would have helped me out of the corners. It's great to get a podium for MG and WSR. I'm looking forward to Brands Hatch as we always seem to go well there."

Warren Hughes commented: "Personally a very difficult couple of days. I was experimenting with setups all weekend but never really found one I liked. Overall I'm pleased for getting MG some points but I'm here to win. The next race at Brands should be good as the MG's are strong there."

Colin Turkington, who scooped the 'ITV Driver of the Day' award said: "A positive and negative weekend. The first race was disappointing for not being able to capitalize on my 4th place on the grid. The WSR team did a great job to get the car repaired and out for Race Two. Just short of getting 'fastest lap' showed how great the car was and finishing 4th was a very positive end to the weekend. Brands Hatch should be exciting."

Kim Johnson, director of MG Sport & Racing said: "The MG's qualifying position and their potential wasn't realised due to the incidents and accidents in Race One. However in Race Two Anthony's third place and Colin's superb drive to finish 4th was a true reflection of the team's efforts this weekend."

Dick Bennetts, managing director of WSR said: "Very disappointed by the accident in Race One - I felt we had a podium or two there. The team did a fantastic job repairing Colin's car which was seriously damaged. I'm very pleased for Anthony's podium and for Colin who finished 4th after starting at the back of the touring car grid."

The next round of BTCC is Brands Hatch, Kent on Sun-Mon, 24-25th August.

-mg-

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