MG returns to international motorsport with Le Mans Series entry


MG is to return to international sportscar racing in a move that could see the marque take part in next year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

The Chinese-owned manufacturer has teamed up with Lanacashire-based Team RLR which runs an MG Lola EX265 sports prototype in the Le Mans Series of endurance races throughout Europe.
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(L-R) Guy Jones, MG Motor UK Sales & Marketing director; Jason Longworth, Chief Engineer; Rob Garofall, driver; John Eaton, Logistics; and Nick Reynolds, Team RLR principal

Driver Rob Garofall sits in the cockpit of the MG Lola EX265

The MG Lola EX265

The MG Lola EX265

Driver Rob Garofall is reflected in the wing mirror of the MG Lola EX265

(L-R) Nick Reynolds, Team RLR principal; Rob Garofall, driver; John Eaton, Logistics; and Jason Longworth, Chief Engineer

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The deal marks a return to sportscar racing for MG who successfully campaigned as a works team between 2003 and 2008, winning two class wins at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2005 and 2006.

Team RLR drivers Barry Gates, Rob Garofall and Simon Phillips have competed in the three races of the 2011 Le Mans Series and with MG's official presence with Team RLR will contest the remaining races Silverstone next month Britain and Estoril.

Nick Reynolds, Team RLR team principal, said: "We have one of the best prepared teams in the Le Mans Series, and the support from MG will ensure that we can be even more competitive both on and off the track throughout the 2011 Le Mans Series season and beyond.

"We are excited to be working closely with such a famous and much loved car manufacturer. We look forward to repaying MG for its confidence in us by providing many exciting moments for the company and its huge number of followers in the races ahead."

Guy Jones, MG Motor UK Sales and Marketing Director, was equally enthusiastic about the new deal.

"MG is delighted to be supporting Team RLR and the MG Lola EX265, which is such a famous car," he said.

"The MG brand is synonymous with motorsport and with the new MG6 GT and Magnette models now in the market place we need to raise the profile of the brand. Supporting team RLR with the MG Lola in the exciting, high profile, Le Mans endurance series is a perfect fit for the brand and the team."

Watch footage from the launch on the video below.
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