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Bio-ethanol power for Hughes in Kartworld Racing MG

BTCC News | Sat 29th July 2006

Jason Hughes’ Kartworld Racing MG ZS will become the second car running on bio-ethanol fuel in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park this weekend.

Hughes joins Fiona Leggate in using an eco-friendly 85 per-cent bio-ethanol fuel mix.

Hughes said, ““The environmental benefits are obvious and it struck me that bio-ethanol could also give us better engine responsiveness.”

“It’s not rocket science – just take a look at Fiona’s car through the speed traps. It’s always up there. I was also racing with her at Thruxton and couldn’t keep with her down the straights.”

“Our engine builder Judd completed the conversion within a day – all it required was a different set of fuel injectors and a bit of engine re-mapping and now we’re all ready to go. Another plus side is that bio-ethanol is quite a bit cheaper than petrol.”

BTCC Series Director Alan Gow said: “The use of environmentally friendly fuels and increasing energy efficiency is a global topic for motor sport right now. I am very proud that the BTCC is continuing to lead with its policy on fuels and I am sure that many teams will be following Jason’s progress with great interest this weekend.”

“Fiona has always used bio-ethanol, whereas Jason is actually making the switch so his results will perhaps have a greater bearing in terms of being able to monitor any performance gains.”

At a time when motorsport is coming under pressure to clean up its act, the BTCC is leading the way by permitting cars running on bio-ethanol, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and diesel in addition to the more conventional petrol.

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