The "junior" prototype class at Le Mans, LMP675, looks like an MG rout early on in the race. After three hours, the Anthony Reid-Warren Hughes-Jonny Kane ...
The "junior" prototype class at Le Mans, LMP675, looks like an MG rout early on in the race.
After three hours, the Anthony Reid-Warren Hughes-Jonny Kane #26 MG was holding down not only the top spot in LMP675, but also the fourth place overall, ahead of the Audi Sport Japan Goh entry currently driven by Yannick Dalmas -- and lapping faster as well.
The sister #27 car, with ex-Formula One drivers Mark Blundell and Julian Bailey on the team, suffered from extra-long pit stops, seven minutes in all and dropping the "name" crew down by two laps and down to 13th overall. That's still good enough for second in class, though.
The next LMP675 runners, the #29 Reynard-Lehmann and #25 WR-Peugeot are much further back, another three laps down on the second-placed MG and behind the top LM GTS runners, Ron Fellows (Chevrolet Corvette) and Rickard Rydell (Ferrari 550).
The final runner in the class is now KnightHawk Racing's Lola-MG, four laps behind the fifth-placed #28 Reynard.
KnightHawk suffered early electronics gremlins, causing an overboost problem on the engine. The team finally managed to bypass the problems using a software solution, but not until it had lost nearly thirty minutes in the pits.
Like with the leading Audis in "senior" LMP900 category, it seems that the only way anyone can challenge the MG superiority is through reliability. Will the green octagons last through the night?