The Morgan works race team pairing of Neil Cunningham and Adam Sharpe brought the sole Aero 8 home in a highly creditable eighth place in class in the inaugural Le Mans 1000km at the French venue's Bugatti Circuit on Sunday.

The result sends a clear signal that the team, which has endured major technical and funding hurdles during 2003, can be a serious contender at the highest level of international endurance GT racing ahead of a more comprehensive overseas campaign in 2004..

"It was a very tough race, on a challenging circuit, and with a field that included the best GT cars in the world," team manager David Dowse commented, "The Aero 8 ran absolutely faultlessly for six hours in gruelling conditions.

"Our drivers 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 second place in the British GT Championship, lines up for a 24-hour race on 22 November.

Once that marathon is over, 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.



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