The Morgan Works Race Team pairing of Neil Cunningham from Cardiff and Adam Sharpe from Taunton drove their Morgan Aero 8 home in a highly creditable 8th in class in the inaugural first round of the European Le Mans Series at Le Mans Bugatti Circuit.
The result sends a loud and clear signal that the Works Team, which has endured major technical and funding hurdles during 2003, is now a serious contender at the highest level of international endurance GT racing – a formula that is growing fast and becoming a flagship series in the motorsport arena.
Team Manager David Dowse comments:
"It was a very tough race, on a challenging circuit, and with a field that included the best GT cars in the world. The Aero 8 ran absolutely faultlessly for 6 hours in gruelling conditions. Our drivers Neil Cunningham and Adam Sharpe did a really professional job and the pit crew, which is just as important as the car and drivers in endurance racing, were awesome. We came here to prove that we are a credible force, and I think we have done that in no uncertain terms."
Attention turns immediately to Bathurst in Australia, where a privately-entered, works-supported Morgan Aero 8 Cup Class car, fresh from a 2nd place in the British GT Championship, lines up for a 24 hour race on 22nd November.
The Works Team will then spend the winter in development and testing for its 2004 campaign, which will kick off at Sebring in the USA and will hopefully culminate in June at the world’s most prestigious motor race – the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.Published 11 November 2003