Following a promising start to the 2004 Green Flag MSA British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton, WSR go to Brands Hatch with Anthony Reid topping the Independents Trophy championship and the team currently in second place in the Teams championship.
Having dominated Brands Hatch on previous occasions it appears that it is traditionally becoming a circuit where the MG ZS has been very strong. It also holds fond memories for Colin Turkington who secured his first BTCC victory on the Indy Circuit last year. Reminiscing on that result and talking of his 2004 podium ambitions, Colin said: “Stepping onto the top step of the podium last year was awesome. I’m excited to be going back to Brands Hatch as it represents excellent podium opportunities. The team tested there recently and the car’s handling was even better than last year.”
Following his Independents win and overall 2nd place in the last round at Thruxton, Anthony will be qualifying at Brands Hatch with the heavier of the two MG’s (+30kg). The Kent circuit is where he secured his first MG BTCC win during treacherous conditions back in 2001. 2002 saw Anthony securing pole position and a race win. Looking forward to the next rounds Anthony commented: “After an excellent showing at Thruxton I’m very confident in putting in a good performance at Brands Hatch. I expect both Colin and I to have opportunities to win.”
WSR team principal, Dick Bennetts added: “The potential to win races is certainly evident and I’m relatively pleased with the results at Thruxton but now our attention switches to the shortest lap on the BTCC calendar and in the past provided us with some great results. With Colin entering Brands with a lighter car (-9kg) we should be looking at a good qualifying position for the opening race. I need to check if Anthony has renewed his Lonsdale contract after the 2003 showdown with Yvan!”