Two MG-Lola prototypes will be back in action at Le Mans this weekend, as the international sportscar season reaches an unexpected finale over 1000km of the famous venue's Bugatti circuit.

The event, a pre-cursor to next season's inaugural Le Mans Endurance Series [LMES], offers a guaranteed entry to the 2004 Le Mans 24 Hours to each class winner and five other cars, and resurrects the first of a series of historic endurance classic events.

The two MG-Lolas entered at La Sarthe this weekend come off diverse seasons, with the Intersport car having competed regularly on the American Le Mans Series and the RML Ltd version making its first appearance of the season.

The Intersport team, made up of Americans Jon Field, Duncan Dayton and Larry Connor, brings its instantly recognisable blue-and-red EX 257 to Le Mans after remaining in the running for the LMP675 class title to the end of the season before eventually finishing as runner-up to the similarly-mounted Dyson team. Field and Dayton also shared second place in the driver standings after winning races at Road Atlanta, Trois Rivieres and Petit Le Mans.

The RML entry, by contrast, will be making its first appearance of the season, in the hands of FIA GT regulars Thomas Erdos and Mike Newton.



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