British F3 Champion Marc Hynes has chosen to return to BTCC in an MG6 for the 2014 season, the third MG6 running in the championship next year.
Hynes, 35, will race a Triple Eight-prepared MG6 and will dovetail the BTCC programme with his current management role with the Marussia F1 Team.
The addition of a third car comes at the end of a very successful 2013 season for MG which saw race veteran, Jason Plato narrowly miss out what would have been a third Championship title with the MG KX Momentum Racing team, after securing previous wins in 2001 and 2010. MG Driver, Sam Tordoff also had an outstanding maiden season , landing four career podium places in the MG6.
Speaking yesterday, Marc said: ‘’I am hugely excited about racing in the BTCC. The series 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. I always knew that I had unfinished business in a race suit and I feel very privileged to have been presented with the opportunity to go racing with Triple Eight and MG.
MG Sales and Marketing Director, Guy Jones said: “We are delighted to be running a third MG next season, with a driver of Marc’s talent and experience. We have had a great response to MG returning to BTCC and last season we narrowly missed out on the championship title. We are really looking forward to increasing awareness of MG in 2014 with our new MG3 and more MG6s on the road and on the track.”
Marc’s car is based on the road going MG6, available with both 1.8l petrol and 1.9l Diesel power trains, and in GT (fastback) and Magnette (saloon) body style variants. Designed, engineered and assembled at MG’s historic home of Longbridge, Birmingham, the MG6 offers class leading interior space, the lowest insurance group of its competitors and total confidence in safety with 4* NCAP rating and a What Car? Best Security Award. Customers can automatically upgrade up a trim level, saving up to £3,000 until 31 December.
About MG Motor
For almost 90 years MG has become famous for building distinctive, British small cars at a remarkably affordable price. The latest offering, the MG3 is no exception; the new, small modern MG brings style and fun to a new generation – giving a fresh twist on the innovation, sporty performance and statement style that first made the MG badge famous. Modern MGs are designed, engineered and undergo final assembly at MG’s historic home in Longbridge, Birmingham.
Today, MG is owned by the SAIC Motor Corporation, rated 103rd in the Fortune 500. Acquired in 2008, MG Motors and SMTC UK are both located to the 60 acre MG Longbridge site. SMTC UK is able to benefit from the close proximity and integration with its group manufacturing sister company, MG Motor UK after a multi-million pound investment in facilities and infrastructure at the site.
Since the first MG went on sale in 1924, the historic marque have been driven to be different: More sports power, more British style, more luxurious finishes, more features as standard.
More community feel; MG are proud of the huge ‘family’ of enthusiasts around the world. When driving an MG, you become part of something special. There are many MG owners and car clubs, both on and offline. More personal service: MG offer every MG6 and MG3 owner access to a Customer Delight programme, allowing them to enjoy exclusive MG discounts and big ticket giveaways. More sportiness: MG have put their passion for developing all things sport into supporting many sports initiatives, including local projects in Birmingham. MG’S Maxifuel Pro Cycling Team and women’s football star, Sue Smith. Racing roots have evolved into present day BTCC team, MG KX Momentum, with successful team drivers, Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff.
The decrease in emissions and current Q4 offers will see the MG6 Diesel become an attractive prospect for customers and fleet managers alike, an already exceptional level of spec is now better than ever with free upgrades on all Diesel specifications until 31 December.
Launched in 2012, the MG6 GT DTi-TECH boasts an impressive equipment list whilst retaining an affordable list price, starting at just £16,995. Under the current offers customers automatically upgrade from an S variant to an SE, benefiting from a saving of £1,200 and receiving additional equipment such as satellite navigation, rear parking sensors, cruise control and leather steering wheel. Building on the SE trim, the TSE now offers a saving of £2,000 and features front parking sensors, 18” alloy wheels, rear parking camera, leather trim, Bluetooth, automatic headlights, automatic windscreen wipers and electric heated seats. Magnette customers will be offered the opportunity to upgrade to an MG6 GT SE, saving £3,000.
About Marc Hynes
Hynes’ title-winning racing career includes the 1995 Formula Vauxhall Junior Championship, 1997 British Formula Renault Championship and the 1999 British F3 title, as well as the prestigious Marlboro Master of F3 at Zandvoort in Holland. He went on to test for the B.A.R F1 Team before switching focus to the operational side of racing, acting as driver coach and mentor to such rising stars as Lewis Hamilton and Paul di Resta. Hynes has been a key member of the Marussia F1 Team’s management structure since its inception and will continue with the Team in his role as Head of Driver Development, attending the majority of races on the 2014 calendar. Hynes’ last competitive outing was in 2008 driving for Triple Eight Australia in the V8 Supercar Series endurance races at Philip Island and Bathurst.