RML Confirm Le Mans 24 Hour Driver Line-Up
RML are pleased to announce their confirmed driver line-up for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Warren Hughes will take the third seat alongside the team's regular LMES drivers Mike Newton and Tommy Erdos in the LMP2 MG Lola EX264.
Warren brings a wealth of experience to the team which includes his prototype drives at Le Mans in 2001 and 2002 in the works MG Lola EX257. Retirements in both those events overshadowed the strong and competitive race he and his co-drivers had which included Warren being the fastest man on track in the early wet stages of the 2001 race, and running 3rd whilst enjoying a fight with the factory Audi's in 2002.
His career began in Formula Ford in the late 1980's and after collecting two championship titles he moved into Formula 3. As a regular front runner in British Formula 3 Warren took many race honors over the next 10 years. He took to the wheel of his first saloon car in 1996 when he took part in four rounds of the STW Cup German Touring Car Championship. After a return to Formula 3 in 1997 and 1998 he took part in the MGF Cup in 1999 where he scored seven race wins and eleven fastest laps and took the championship title.
Another year in single seaters in 2000 saw Warren claim 2nd in the title race in the Euro F3000 Championship. Alongside his MG Le Mans drive in 2001 Warren also put his previous touring car experience to the test in a works MG in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).
Over the last three years Warren has continued to successfully compete in the BTCC with MG and contested the Spa 24 Hours, British GT Championship and most recently the Le Mans Endurance Series where he won the GT2 class in the opening round at Spa.
RML Chief Executive Ray Mallock commented "We have received tremendous interest from a number of very competent drivers for the final seat in the MG, which shows how strong our programme is. However, we feel Warren is the right driver to bring into the team and are pleased to have him on board for our Le Mans campaign. His impressive career shows that he has the adaptability to compete at the top level whatever car he drives and we feel alongside Mike and Tommy we have a strong package for the 24 Hour race".
Warren commented "I am obviously delighted to be part of the RML MG team at Le Mans this year. I really enjoy driving prototypes and am looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the MG."
All three drivers will take part in a UK test next week before the team prepare the car for the official test at Le Mans on June 5th. The 2005 Le Mans 24 Hour race takes place on 18 &19th June.