The Morgan Works Race Team recently received the unexpected news that its entry application for the 2003 Le Mans 24 hr race has not been accepted by the selection committee.
No reasons are given for the decision, which will shock the thousands of loyal Morgan fans around the world who were planning to travel to France in June to support the famous British marque, and millions more TV viewers. At last year’s event, the privately-entered Morgan Aero 8 won the hearts of the crowds and was widely acclaimed for reviving the true spirit of motorsport and providing the antidote for the predictability and lack of excitement generated by big budget, major manufacturer teams in motorsport.
Commenting, Morgan Works Team manager, David Dowse said:
"This is a bitter blow, particularly as we are so far advanced with the project, and we’ve made great progress with developing the car. We were sure that our efforts last year, and the fantastic support we received from the fans, would secure us a place in 2004. No doubt the organisers have their reasons, but it is very difficult to understand why a genuine manufacturer like Morgan, with a fully homologated production car, should be excluded. We feel very sorry for our supporters, but I know they would wish us to carry on in true Morgan spirit, and we flatly refuse to give up."
The Team’s sponsors have been extremely understanding, and most have already agreed to support a revised plan that will see the Aero 8 racing instead in the FIA GT races in Europe, including a 24 hr race at Spa, Belgium in July.
"If we can secure sufficient support in these difficult times, we will go on to race internationally, possibly in Japan, Australia, and the USA. It is our clear intention to build an undeniable case for an entry at Le Mans next year, and we believe the best way to do this is on the race track. The new programme will also give more fans the opportunity to come to see us, " Dowse concludes.Published 30 March 2003