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West Surrey Racing: Reid takes top honours at Croft

Race 1

After placing his MG ZS on pole position for the opening race of the afternoon Anthony didn't disappoint. From the start he drove a faultless race and took the chequered flag and his first win of the 2004 BTCC season. Anthony put in an above average performance to dominate the race by taking maximum points having also achieved the fastest lap of the race. On taking the top step of the podium he said: "I picked up maximum points for that race and you can't get much better than that. Following on from Colin's win at Mondello it shows that the car is very strong. WSR and EDL (Engine Developments Limited) have done a great job with the car over the break and it's paid off."

Carrying maximum ballast from the last round Colin qualified for the Croft opener 8th on the grid. It wasn't long before Colin was challenging Plato for 7th place and by lap four he was past with Eaves now firmly in his sight. Colin took Eaves with four laps remaining claiming 6th place overall and lined up 5th on the reversed grid for the next round.

Race 2

With Hines stalling his Vauxhall engine on the start Colin's race was hampered from the off. But pushing hard to make up lost places it wasn't long before he was battling with Neal for the sixth spot. Colin came home in a solid 7th place finish adding more points to his Independents Trophy challenge.

Even with maximum ballast on the MG ZS, Anthony Reid still managed to be the fastest man on the circuit, yet again. He commented: "The capabilities of the car, even with full ballast on board, are incredible. What I lost in straight-line speed against the lighter cars, I made up in corners and under braking. The car's handling is fantastic."

Race 3

From 7th on the grid Colin drove a tremendous race to finish on the third step of the podium and take the Independents Trophy. On securing third place Colin said: "I took it steady for the first few laps and I managed to make up a few places. The MG was running really well and if only I'd had a couple of extra laps I'm sure I could have taken the race from Jason (Plato). The car has been mega around Croft this weekend and the whole package is coming together and looks good for the rest of the season."

Anthony's race was going well until a late braking manoeuvre by Tom Chilton resulted in front end damage and flat spots on the tyres of the MG ZS. Anthony still battled hard to bring the car home in 6th place and once again showed pace by setting the fastest lap.

Dick Bennetts said: "The joint engine development programme undertaken by WSR and EDL over the last three months is now beginning to pay dividends. We come away from Croft with Anthony and Colin opening the gap at the top of the Independents Trophy. I'm very pleased with the drivers' performance with a storming race win from Anthony and an impressive third place finish from 7th on the grid for Colin."

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