The Morgan Aero 8 GT Cup race car, fresh from a stunning first season in the British GT Championship, is en route to thrill the crowds at Australia’s Bathurst 24 Hour race in November.
The Morgan will be piloted by New Zealand-born GT ace Neil Cunningham, along with his race-winning young partner Adam Sharpe. The pair were originally booked to drive the Maserati Trofeo, but were recalled by their regular private team boss Richard Thorne when the last-minute, factory-supported Morgan entry was confirmed. Two further drivers are expected to be confirmed shortly.
One of the world’s oldest and most revered racing marques, for many people Morgan represents the true spirit of GT racing. The name generates enormous interest wherever it goes, and with bright young talent like 19 year-old Adam Sharpe behind the wheel of the Aero 8, with its advanced aluminium-chassis and BMW V8 engine, Morgan is now firing the imaginations of new generations of race fans.
The private Bathurst entry is being supported by the official Morgan Works Team, which views the Australian outing as an important step towards its ambitions at Le Mans next year.
Commenting, David Dowse, Manager of the Morgan Works Race Team, said:
"We’re really delighted that the many Morgan fans in Australia will get the chance to see the Aero 8 in action, and everyone is excited to see what Neil and Adam’s team can do in a 24 hour race. They’ve proved to be a winning combination in the British GT this season, and it was a real treat to watch them steal a memorable win over Porsche, Lotus and Ferrari in the last round of the season at Brands Hatch. The car’s on great form, and so are the drivers. I think we’re in for a real show to remember in Australia."
The Richard Thorne Team finished the season in second place in the British Championship, just 14 points behind a highly developed and well-funded Porsche 911 – a fantastic achievement for a new team and a car in its first season of racing.
The Australian race takes place over the weekend of 22/23 November, and fans not lucky enough to be there will be able to follow the Morgan team’s progress via a special website at www.morganatbathurst.comPublished 7 October 2003