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Excelr8 Motorsport will step up to the British Touring Car Championship in 2019 after securing a deal to take over the running of the MG6 GT machines.



The Norfolk-based squad has purchased the MGs from the AMD Tuning team, together with the TOCA BTCC Licences (TBLs) required to run them in the full 2019 championship. Excelr8 has one driver confirmed for next season with an announcement to come in due course, while candidates are being assessed for the second MG.

The deal marks a new venture for Excelr8 Motorsport, which has been a leading power within the MINI CHALLENGE during recent years. As well as constructing over 75 of the high-powered CHALLENGE JCW race cars for both the UK and overseas markets, Excelr8 also fields multiple drivers across the three classes of the championship.

Team manager Oliver Shepherd says the deal to expand into the pinnacle of British saloon car racing is an exciting opportunity for the team.

“We’ve been looking towards the BTCC for a few years now and when we got the chance to get hold of the MG GTs it was an opportunity that we couldn’t pass up, especially as it fits with our ‘Great British’ theme.

“The BTCC is the highest-profile championship in the country, with some incredible drivers and very high-calibre teams, so we know we will have our work cut out to learn about the racing and the new cars. However, we have no doubt that we can compete at this level, and we’re currently working hard to finalise an exciting driver line up for 2019.

“This is a sizeable investment for Excelr8, and we’re acquiring all-new specialist equipment to make sure we have everything we need to hit the ground running next season and deliver the professionalism and presentation that we are known for in the MINI CHALLENGE”

The deal marks the start of a multi-year touring car programme for Excelr8, which will use the MGs to understand the Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) platform, while also assessing potential opportunities with other suitable automotive brands for the future, with a focus on British marques.

BTCC Series Director Alan Gow added: “It’s always great to see new teams joining the BTCC, and Excelr8 has certainly proven its capabilities and professionalism in the MINI CHALLENGE – a series which has already produced many current or recent BTCC drivers.

“Keeping the MG GTs on the grid is great news and ensures the BTCC retains a good diversity of manufacturers. I look forward to seeing how quickly Excelr8 and its new drivers can acclimatise to the BTCC and wish the team the best of luck ahead of next year.”
 

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About Excelr8

Based near Snetterton, Norfolk, England, we provide Arrive & Drive packages for drivers wishing to compete in the MINI CHALLENGE along with support packages for owner drivers who want us to run them in their own car. We are very happy to consider supporting drivers in other championships such as BTCC. We also offer race inspired performance enhancements for fast road cars and track day vehicles. For more information, please get in touch.

Web Address: https://www.excelr8motorsport.com
 

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Jesus if there was ever a chance to win a race in a MG6 that was it, I think the guy was called Osbourne who switched to wet tyres but came off 🙄. Great racing and the conditions remind me of that magnificent day at brands that the ZS driven by Anthony Reid got our first win in similar weather.
 

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Can't complain, it's infinitely more entertaining than watching F1 at the moment. The Turkingtons will not be happy after second race but Matt Neal will be Matt Neal....... Good to see how all the ex MG drivers are doing well in BTCC.
 

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I did chuckle.....but what an end to the season! When I saw Cammishs discs glowing I thought we might be in for some fun. Agree its great to see all the former MG runners at the forefront .
 

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Jesus if there was ever a chance to win a race in a MG6 that was it, I think the guy was called Osbourne who switched to wet tyres but came off 🙄. Great racing and the conditions remind me of that magnificent day at brands that the ZS driven by Anthony Reid got our first win in similar weather.
Remember that day very well,great drive by Mr Reid,the weather was appalling,never been so wet before with clothes on
 

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Jesus if there was ever a chance to win a race in a MG6 that was it, I think the guy was called Osbourne who switched to wet tyres but came off 🙄. Great racing and the conditions remind me of that magnificent day at brands that the ZS driven by Anthony Reid got our first win in similar weather.
That was a great day Kev, I mean that horrible wet day at Brands.
 

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Was a terrible year for the MG but it's a old, uncompetitive car now realisticly so the odds of anybody near the top wanting to get in it are non-existent.
I see SAIC have been showing off a new racer, resplendent in XPower colours. I doubt it will appear as a BTCC racer though.
 
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