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22 January 2012

Morgan set for 2012 return to Le Mans

Peugeot has gone, but 50 years since taking class victory, the British carmaker is back

Vijay Pattni
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It's a sad time for Le Mans at the moment, what with Audi's perennial playmate Peugeot bowing out and Porsche's entrant still a couple of years off. But here's something to smile about: Morgan is back.

The British carmaker took class honours at the 1962 Le Mans 24hr race in the Morgan Super Sport (pictured above), and is looking to emulate that 50-year-old victory this year.

However, banish all thoughts of a man in driving goggles nailing a sportscar prototype Morgan 3 Wheeler down the Mulsanne straight. Awesome as that would be, the company is actually teaming up with OAK Racing and will enter just a single Morgan LMP2 racer, based on the OAK-Pescarolo cars, manufactured at OAK's constructor department based at the Technoparc des 24 Heures in Le Mans.

Charles Morgan, genial Morgan chief, said: "Whilst Morgan sports cars enjoy a great history we have also gained a reputation for pioneering new technology, and I believe LMP2 represents a superb proving ground in which to develop innovative new methods."

OAK President Jacques Nicolet was keen to stress why he wanted to team up with the nice chaps from Morgan. He said: "With them I feel the same passion that has inspired me since childhood, as well as the ‘family spirit' that I hope I have been able to create at OAK Racing.

"Who better than Morgan to embody the gentleman drivers' spirit needed for LMP2 competition," he added.

Let's hope OAK fares better than last year, when its LMP2 racer retired in the early hours of the morning...

Tags: morgan, le mans

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