Tay­lor-smith, Lloyd get 2017 MG seats

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Aron Tay­lor-smith and Dan Lloyd will join forces to race for the MG Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship team in 2017.

Tay­lor-smith, who used to race un­der his un­mar­ried name of Aron Smith, will step across from the Team BKR VW CC, which he took to suc­cess at Rock­ing­ham last sea­son. It was his fourth vic­tory in the cat­e­gory since he joined the BTCC in 2011.

Lloyd, 24, made his de­but at a sin­gle meet­ing in 2010, but re­joined for three rounds last sea­son at the wheel of a Eurotech Rac­ing Honda Civic Type-r. He qual­i­fied on the front row at Oul­ton Park and at Croft.

It will be the first time that Tay­lor-smith, 27, has driven for a fac­tory team. He said: “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 fo­cused on the 2017 sea­son and ex­cited to en­sure I de­liver the re­sults that MG not only de­serve but are ca­pa­ble of.”

Lloyd added: “I made my BTCC de­but as a one-off with Triple Eight way back in 2010 when I was ob­vi­ously very young at Croft; it will be great to be back within the team. I also get on re­ally well with Aron; ob­vi­ously Aron is very quick so I think we can bounce off each other.”

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