To celebrate ten successful seasons, the MG Trophy - which began life as the MGF Cup in 1998 - will support British F3 at Croft on the 27th of April. Over the years, the one-make MG series has attracted the likes of Anthony Reid and Colin Turkington for one-off drives, promoted Warren Hughes into the MG Lola at Le Mans and the talented Stephen Hunter into F3.
Picking up from MG Sport & Racing, the series has been run by the MG Car Club since 2001 where the formula has added classes for MG ZRs and Trophy 160 MGFs as the original MGF Cup cars became harder to find and to keep running. With Croft entries at a healthy 23 cars, everyone can look forward to the really close racing the MG Trophy is well known for. This is in no small part due to Eligibility Scrutineer Peter Elliott who has been keeping the cars even since the beginning and has attended all but one of the races over those ten years.
Co-ordinator Peter Macwaters is delighted to have clinched the deal to run at a British F3 meeting "We put the idea to drivers and the support for this race was 100%. We really enjoy our racing with the MG Car Club and now everyone is looking forward to showing the MG Trophy off next to the spectacle of British F3". NAC, the Chinese firm which first bought MG, backed the MG Trophy in 2007 marking their first ever involvement with motor sport. Since then, NAC has been taken over by Chinese car giant SAIC. "It's taking longer than we had hoped" says Macwaters, "but we are confident that SAIC will get involved in promoting the MG brand through the MG Trophy".
MG drivers in the North East are being encouraged to come to Croft where there will be dedicated MG parking and full support from the MG Car Club. "We want to make it a sociable weekend for racers, club members and MG fans in the area" says Macwaters. To make it attractive for them there is a 2-for-1 ticket offer available on the MG Car Club website at: www.mgcc.co.uk