Event review: MGCC members out in force for BTCC meet
Posted on September 29, 2014 | By Editor | 1 response
The MG Car Club’s 635 Register turned out in force to support the MG6s of Jason Plato, Sam Tordoff and Marc Hynes at the BTCC meeting at Silvestone this weekend, as Steve Haines reports…
The MG Car Club had arranged members register parking. They sold over 300 tickets and there were approximately 30 MG6’s and 3’s in the parking areas.
Some 635 owners were lucky to be in the MG hospitality box due to competition wins and a 30th birthday present (Matt Kimberley). Other owners had a chance of a guided tour of the Quantel Bifold garage and to meet Marc Hynes.
Saturday’s practice and qualifying was exciting, with both Sam and Jason going fastest in free practice 1 and 2. Qualifying was close, with Jason securing pole and Sam 3rd after missing our on 2nd by just 3 thousandths of a second. Marc Hynes qualified well in 8th.
Race day started with the Register parking filling up fast. Lots of chit-chat amongst owners and a chance to meet friends both new and old.
Race one was exciting with Jason Plato predictably being out gunned by the BMW of Turkington off the line, but in true maverick fashion regained the place with a very bold move at Brooklands to then carry on to an excellent victory. Sam finished 4th and Marc 8th.
Some of us made the dash from the stands over to the podium for some free airborne champagne!
Race two was a carbon copy of race one, but this time Jason was carrying more success ballast. An even braver move at the same part of the circuit regained first place and he went on to his second victory of the day. Sam finished 6th and Marc 12th.
In between races there was a chance to see all of the MG6 replica touring cars plus the very impressive MG3 Trophy. Several orders would have been forthcoming for this one!
The 4pm Filling station talk with Jason and Sam was entertaining as always, with some interesting questions and insights into the team, regulations, tactics and the weekend’s events.
The race three grid reverse put Sam on the front row of the grid with a great chance of a good result. Unfortunately his engine decided to drop all of the oil before he got underway, ending his race. Not a very happy chap and understandably so.
As always, race 3 was very exciting, with Plato managing to come from 7th to 4th with full ballast and soft tyres. The gap has closed on Turkington for the driver’s title, but Plato will still need a big slice of luck at Brands Hatch.
MG now have a 28 point lead in the manufacturer’s standings over Honda, who didn’t have a very good weekend…