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MG has announced that Aron Taylor-Smith and Daniel Lloyd will spearhead their 2017 British Touring Car Championship campaign. It is the third year in a row that the team has fielded an all new driver line up, with the team continuing its strategy of combining youth with experience with Taylor-Smith competing in his sixth campaign while Lloyd goes into his first full season in the BTCC.
Despite only being 27, Taylor-Smith is a multiple race winner and has already competed in over 150 races. Last season saw the Irishman race with Team BKR in a VW CC in which he enjoyed a race victory at Rockingham as well as a further two podiums. However once it was announced that Team BKR would not feature in 2017 the rumour mill started turning and Taylor-Smith was linked to various drives up and down the paddock.
Smith was quoted in saying, “It’s a real shame in one way to leave BKR who did such an amazing job last year in their first season, but now I am fully focussed on the 2017 season and excited to ensure I deliver the results that MG not only deserve but are capable of.” He continued to say that many key members of his team from last season had moved over to join him at MG, something which has pleased him hugely.
In contrast Lloyd only made his return to the series after a six year gap last season in the third Eurotech Racing Honda at Thruxton. However due to budget issues, Lloyd had to withdraw from the remainder of the season after Croft, though despite this he impressed hugely with two front row starts and six points finishes. He returns to Triple Eight after the team handed him his debut in 2010 in a Vauxhall Vectra.
Following Martin Depper’s exit from Eurotech Racing, the 24-year-old had been tipped to replace him, after his impressive showings however Lloyd has said he is confident his MG deal can earn him the results on track this season. “The majority of my racing has been rear wheel drive so really looking forward to continuing to learn in the front wheel drive car. I loved the BTCC last year during the three rounds I competed in. I was very keen to make a full return and am delighted to have got the opportunity with MG RCiB Racing.”