Le Mans is the one of the toughest test in motorsport for both man and machine, and to prepare for this year's event, the MG Sport and Racing team visited the Lausitzring circuit in Germany to put the MG Lola EX257 through its paces. Kevin McGarrity, one of MG's driver line up for the big race, told us exclusively why that test has left the whole team confident for the 24-Hours.
Kevin, how did the test at the Lausitzring go?

Kevin McGarrity: "It was fantastic to be back in the MG Lola, plus it was my first time at the Lausitzring. We spent a day testing at their conventional circuit, then two days on the high-speed circuit that was basically just two long straights with heavily banked corners at the ends."

What were you doing there to prepare for Le Mans?

KMcG: "We put up some chicanes with cones on the straights to really simulate Le Mans, and the car went really well, we had no problems with it the whole time we were there.

''The car was really quick - we thought we might see 200mph in a straight line and we got pretty close! I did most of my time in the car at Le Mans in the dark last year, so it was nice to actually drive the MG Lola during the day."

How do you feel now about going to Le Mans?

KMcG: "I can't wait now until the test day on May 5. The Lausitzring test has left us all really encouraged about and I'm looking forward to going to France. Any visit to Le Mans is special, but to go there knowing that the car is going so well makes it that bit more special.

"It was nice to meet up with all the guys again, and we all got plenty of time in the car, which was nice after a long winter away from it. We all left pleased and really excited, and with another test due between the test day and Le Mans, we will be in really good shape for the race."