The Reynard 2KQ-LM sports racing car has been causing a stir at its debut for the Le Mans 24 Hour race. After two days of qualifying Johansson Matthews finished 7th fastest overall to take a place on the fourth row of the starting grid. Also in the LMP class, the ORECA Reynard 2KQ-LM's have shown well, while the pair of ROC Reynard 2KQ-LM's competing in the Prototype 675 class have proved to be the cream of this category, streaking ahead of rivals to post an impressive 1-2 in the times for this class, 18th and 19th overall.
Adrian Reynard is in Le Mans this weekend to see the company's cars take to the famed Le Mans track for the first time ever. Although Reynard has been involved with various sportscar projects over its 25-year history, never before has a car borne the Reynard marque. Commenting on this major initiative, Adrian Reynard, Chairman, Reynard Motorsport, said, "We've had a difficult start to this year with our sportscar programme, but coming to Le Mans we're looking respectable with the starting positions achieved by the various teams running our cars. "
"We faced up to the fact that we made a lot of mistakes on the Reynard 2KQ programme, but I'm pleased that here the whole 2KQ team has been rewarded with much better reliability and compliments from the drivers regarding the handling and performance of the car and it is obviously apparent that there has been a massive improvement. We've made a great amount of progress thanks to Nigel Stroud, Chief Designer, and the complete team. Nigel definitely needs some recognition on helping us turn this project around. "
Adrian Reynard is only too aware that the programme is still in its early stages, saying, "It is all very well comparing progress to the past, but what we now need to focus on is how far away we are from the front, because, of course, the front is ultimately where we want to end up with this product. The post-Le Mans challenge, whatever our result, will be a continued strong development to try and reach the summit. We think we're half way up the mountain at the moment, but we've survived and will keep going in our quest for success."