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Hi all!,

Thought all the forum members might like to see some photos from the 2002 Le Mans test day. The following 3 photos have been 'borrowed' from the www.lemans.org website and show the cars unloading on Friday 3rd May. No doubt there will be some action photos later on in the weekend. Enjoy...

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Sorry, for some reason the photo decided not to attach itself. Let's hope it works this time...
 

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And finally...

There are about 10 or so other photos on the site for those of you who are interested.

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Glad you like them 'XPower Admin'. To answer your question, YES the remaining 10 or so photos are all of MGs!

Here's a couple more for you...
 

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I particularly like this one...
 

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If you navigate to www.lemans.org - then chose 'English' as your language - then on the left hand side there is a 'Photo' option. If you select 'Before the race' it will take you through to a series of galleries - currently only Friday 3 / Saturday 4 May. No doubt more to follow.

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Extreme - Great photographs. The Knighthawk car does look the Dogs though. Been onto Endurancesportscar.com but no news as yet or breaking news for that matter. Will try later.

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At 15:10 Mark Blundell has set the 5th fastest time in testing. No news on the Knighthawk Boyz though.

Great to hear the live coverage. Must sign off soon or I will have TAZ(wife) and my children after me.

Heard Jim Downings Mazda powered creation go by. Broke the speakers!!! The Dutch Spiker is noisey.

Jim:D :D :D :D :D
 
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Update at Le Mans

The full low down is here.

5th - Car 27 - Blundell - Bailey - Hughes
8th - Car 26 - McGarrity - Kane - Reid
23rd - Car 30 - Knight - Hawkins - Dayton

Fine showing from the Sport & Racing Guys!

52 - 55 & 51 laps respectively!
 
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Just actually had a good look at the times - Team Bentley were 6th! Behind Blundell

These LMP675 are really impressive machines. I would think Audi are getting a little worried with MG's showing. And to think the ACO, initially only let one car in. :D

Also, the ORECA DALLARA JUDD was 2nd, again proving Audi are now having it there own way. Although I imagine there's much sandbagging as the #27 car didn't its best time until the last lap! :D
 

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A few more photos from the www.lemans.org website - but this time of the cars actually running - enjoy!

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The official MGR Press Release

Thanks Extreme - they are brill - same drill - will be on site later.

In the meantine the official MGR Press Release:

MG ZS EX257 Car no 26 Jonny Kane & Kevin McGarrity
8th Overall (2nd in Class) 3.35.348

MG ZS EX257 Car no 27 Julian Bailey & Mark Blundell
5th Overall (1st in Class) 3.33.414

In contrast to last year's race the official test for the 2002 24 Heures Du Mans remained dry. The two "MG XPOWER Hot Wheels Racing" works MG Lola EX257's, entered in the LMP675 Class, headed their field by over 14 seconds. This placed car 27 in 5th place overall with a blistering lap from Mark Blundell. Car 26 completed the excellent day for MG with an 8th place.

Jonny Kane
"We've had a few little problems this morning but this afternoon things have gone a lot better. Kevin and I have been evaluating tyre wear and I'm still learning the circuit as I didn't do much running last year. Today's been really good, two complete stints and a few other laps as well. I was P6 on old tyres and the lap time really speaks for itself. So, very positive and very pleased with the way the days gone."

Kevin McGarrity
"It's gone really good and we're trying all sorts of things on set up. This time last year we hadn't even competed and now I've done two complete stints. As far as the engine goes it's flying and we haven't even got it on full power. Lap times are affected because there's so much traffic. Everything is looking good to come back to qualifying in June."

Julian Bailey
"We've worked on the car and the set up over the weekend. The main thing is the engine's running nicely and we've got a lot more to find. At the moment we've closed the gap considerably on the front runners. We've tried some different things on the car and everything seems to have worked and put us in the right direction. We are in so much better shape than last year, the car is really quick and nice to drive. It's been a fantastic day."

Mark Blundell
"So far so good. A little frustrated that we didn't do the amount of running we wanted to this morning. We had a few small problems, which we've corrected so were starting to run a lot faster. We're optimistic that we're going to be a lot closer. Everything's gone very well and the team worked efficiently and put the car into a configuration, which we are all a lot happier with. It's taken us a while to understand it with a limited amount of testing and we're now in a situation where we can really begin to make big steps forward."

Rob Oldaker, managing director, MG Sport & Racing
"Overall this has been a good day for the MG. We had a few small niggles this morning which cost us track time, but we have still been able to gather much valuable data about the set up of the car. However we must remember, to do a few quick laps is one thing, but this is a 24 hour race and the first priority has to be to finish, we will see what happens from there."
 

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After the trials and tribulations of the Le Mans project last year I think deep down we never expected much from the team. If anything I personally thought it would lead to an extended test session, due to the power plant and its suspect reliability woes. However, qualifying went well and in the race Blundell was vying for 2nd place.

This year I am convinced that outright victory is a likelyhood. They certaintly have the speed. The MG's have closed the gap on the all dominant Audi team. Qualifying is all important and this is a bench mark. The race is all but 24 hours of sprinting to be frank. I'm sure the MG's will pick up the all important placings when the LMP900's have to go in earlier for their fuel stops. This will be when the team can play their ace card. If reliability is there and the team seem to think so, then a win is certainly on the cards.

Failure to win outright, then hopefully a win in the LMP675 category and a place on the podium would still be acceptable.

Watch this space!

Jim
 
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