The Morgan Works Race Team was at Donington Park this week for shake-down testing of the Aero 8 LMGT car before embarking for Florida for the 12 Hours race at Sebring.
Despite enduring sub-zero early morning temperatures in the bright sunshine, the team was in increasingly high spirits as all major systems checked out perfectly and the car, running for the first time on tyres from new technical partners Yokohama, put in some impressive times on the newly-resurfaced track.
19 year-old team lead driver Adam Sharpe comments:
"As a shake-down test, I thought it went very well. The car felt quick, stable and good under braking, so I was happy with the way things went. The set-up was very much geared towards Sebring and I think we'll go well there - it's an important race for the team and it's clear that a lot has been achieved during the winter to move the programme forward."
The Team, which has established a reputation for refusing to buckle even under severe pressure, has won over many fans both inside and outside the motorsport world as it battles against a lack of major funding, technical problems and serious crashes on its road back to Le Mans glory.
Team Manager David Dowse comments:
“Today’s test has left us with warm hearts, despite our very cold feet! The car’s performance is very encouraging, and we are really pleased with the way in which our technical partners, Yokohama Tyres, KW Suspension and Magnetti Marelli are gelling with the team.
“We are all now really looking forward to the challenge of Sebring, and hopefully, to winning our place at Le Mans in 2004.”Published 8 March 2004