2020 was a bad year for the Trophy and the world in general! The effect of the dreaded coronavirus forced us to make a difficult decision. In not wanting to make any driver feeling forced to compete we decided to make the decision that we would not run as a championship for the first time since our inception. The MGCC worked very hard complying with all the restrictions imposed and managed, after a lot of dedication, to put on 3 race events at Donington, Snetterton and Oulton Park. The MG Trophy ran as a series at all three which meant entries were low as many drivers decided to ‘stay away’. However, this didn’t put off newcomers joining the ranks and four new drivers competed in this very difficult year. Wins were recorded for Sam Kirkpatrick (2), Sam also competed in the Cockshoot Cup and bagged a win in both their races giving him 4 wins at one event, amazing! Other Trophy wins went to Fred Burgess (2), Adam Jackson (1) and Ross Makar, his first win for several years.
With our 2021 season due to start in a few weeks we are now waiting for the MSUK announcement to see if we will be racing at Silverstone on the 20th March. Registrations so far total twenty-six, and again we have a wide age range with one driver under the age of 20, six under 26, and seven over 55.
We are very pleased to announce this also includes six new Trophy drivers: –
Class B #30 Keith Henley 61, Retired Property Developer/Builder from Steyning, West Sussex. Car Colour: Blue. Sponsor: Boretech Racing. A complete racing novice, Keith has acquired Sam Johnston’s car, and looks forward to some entertainment.
Class B #66 Erick Lefebvre 57, from Savigny sur Braye, France. Car Colour: White/Blue. Erick has previously raced with the MGCC, in 2008 he bought a MG Metro Turbo race car from Mark Bellamy, and the same weekend he competed at Donington Park in the MG Metro Cup finishing 5th. The car is still in Erick’s garage along with a Mini, another MG Metro and a TF. Erick is intending to repeat his buy and race in a weekend experience this year when he joins us at Brands Hatch with the ZR 170 which previously competed in Class A with Ross Makar.
Class B #97 Josh Bromley 23, JCB Engineer from Hilton, Derbyshire. Car Colour: Grey/Red. Josh has minimal previous race experience. Since a young age he has been to many MGCC events and has always enjoyed watching MGT due to its competitiveness and how much fun it looked. He can’t wait to give it a go himself!
Class C #35 Guy Tolley 38, Business Development Manager at North Star Imaging, from Droitwich, Worcestershire. Car Colour: Black/Red. Guy’s work involves digital X-ray and 3D Computed Tomography for industrial applications in the aerospace, medical device, electronics, military, defence, and automotive sectors, which includes motorsport related purposes. Guy has been Karting since the age of 10 and has won the Rissington Kart club championship in 2008 and 2011. More recently he has raced in rental Karting, winning the Rugby Kart Club championship in 2018 and the Covkart championship in 2019. During 2020 he completed 3 track days in his MG ZR160 which was built by 4G Racing, who are running the car for Guy.
Class C #60 Andy Heitman 63, Motorcycle Service Business Owner from Small Dole, West Sussex. Car Colour: Yellow/Grey. Sponsor: Boretech Racing. Andy’s business was founded 34 years ago and its main involvement is Sales, Service, Spares, and repairs of competition Motorcycles, and that’s where Andy’s racing career started when he was 8 Years old Racing a BSA Bantam, he has competed in most disciplines of Motorcycle Sport. His 4 wheeled endeavors’ have been fairly limited, he raced a few seasons in Bangers when he was 17 and Quadbikes since the mid 80’s. He was forced to retire from competitive Bike and Quad racing following an accident in 2011 which left him with a spinal injury which has taken 9 years to fully recover from. Andy has the ex-Jack Roberts ZR 160 and is looking forward to learning a new craft.
Class C #78 James Moreton 29, Service Advisor from Downham Market, Norfolk. Car Colour: Black/Silver. Sponsor: 4G Racing Joining the MGT in 2021, with a newly built 4G MG ZR 160.