MG extends BTCC deal without Plato

MG has announced that it will stay in the British Touring Car Championship with Triple Eight Race Engineering in 2015, to defend its Manufacturers’ Championship title.

The MG/Triple Eight partnership started in 2012, the original deal concluding at the end of 2014. The deal has been extended for a single year.

Last season, Triple Eight ran three MG6 GT’s, two for the works MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save squad, driven by Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff, and one for privateer Marc Hynes, under the Quantel Bifold Racing banner.

Next year’s MGs will look very different, though. The sponsorship deal with Tesco has ended, so the cars will be carrying a new livery.

There will be a new driver line-up, as well. Tordoff has announced he will switch to currently sponsorless West Surrey Racing. 2014 championship runner-up Plato has yet to reveal his plans.

MG head of marketing, Matthew Cheyne, said: “The tree-year programme to race the MG6 GT with Triple Eight has proved so successful both on and off track that there was little doubt we would return in 2015.”

MG will fight for the 2015 Manufacturers’ crown with the newly formed Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing team and Honda Yuasa Racing, which is expected to confirm its campaign in due course.

“There’s little doubt that 2015 will be even more competitive than this year as teams get a handle on developing their cars,” said Ian Harrison, Triple Eight MD and co-founder. “But we’re confident we’ve assembled the right elements to take it to the other teams and ensure we’re in the mix by the end of the year.”

With the two MG berths opening up and Plato on the market, the BTCC’s game of musical chairs has got quite a lot more interesting.

The 2015 BTCC season get underway on 5 April at Brands Hatch.

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