KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) has made a solid start to its Le Mans 24 Hours debut and continues to run strongly as Saturday turns to Sunday at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

#47 KCMG Morgan LMP2 Nissan: Alexandre Imperatori, Ho-Pin Tung, Matt Howson
#47 KCMG Morgan LMP2 Nissan: Alexandre Imperatori, Ho-Pin Tung, Matt Howson

Photo by: James M. Holland

After qualifying an impressive sixth on Thursday Alexandre Imperatori took the start at 15.00 local time aboard the #47 Morgan-Nissan LMP2 and immediately set about climbing the leaderboard despite the changeable weather conditions and several safety car periods.

The first of these caution periods, after just 10 minutes, was for an incident involving Danish GTE Am driver Allan Simonsen who sadly succumbed to his injuries soon after. The team wishes to extend its sincere condolences to Allan’s family.

After being under safety car conditions for more than an hour, the race restarted with Imperatori keen to make progress and it wasn’t long before the Swiss ace had assumed the LMP2 class lead, only for a technical issue to drop the car down the field.

Ho-Pin Tung demonstrated his prowess in the drying conditions to build on Imperatori’s subsequent fightback, and Matthew Howson continued that good work to haul the car onto the fringes of the top 10.

Imperatori is now back behind the wheel as the team bids to make further inroads during the early hours of the morning.

Ho-Pin Tung, KCMG driver: “It’s a shame that we had some minor issues with the car which caused three unscheduled stops, but apart from that it's good to see that we have great pace.”