Sharpe targets debut finish at Le Mans Adam Sharpe, the Taunton-based sports car racer, is set to take a giant leap towards international stardom when he competes in this years Le Mans 24 Hours race in the Morgan ...
Sharpe targets debut finish at Le Mans
Adam Sharpe, the Taunton-based sports car racer, is set to take a giant leap towards international stardom when he competes in this years Le Mans 24 Hours race in the Morgan Works Racing Aero 8 GT car. A total of 150 drivers will race at Le Mans this month but at 19 years of age Sharpe is the youngest of them all. However Sharpe, currently studying at Oxford Brookes University, comes to Le Mans highly regarded following his recent class-winning debut in the highly competitive British GT Cup class, where he races a Porsche GT3.
Driving the highly popular British Morgan Aero 8 alongside Sharpe will be Neil Cunningham and Steve Hyde, the 2004 event being the first year at Le Mans for the factory run car. Sharpe is no stranger to endurance racing, having competed in the Bathurst 24 Hours last year as well as the Le Mans 1000kms event in November. More recently he finished Sebring 12 Hours in March.
"I am really looking forward to the '24 Heures du Mans' because it is the ultimate sports car racing challenge," admits Sharpe. "The difficulties will be adjusting my eyes to keep sight of the important braking points when light changes at dawn & dusk, especially braking from high speed for the slow corners on the Mulsanne straight and the fast but narrow Porsche curves."
He is very much aware of what he needs to do to succeed in the world's most prestigious sports car race.
"Keeping my concentration all through the night for 24 hrs will be important, so I have been working on my training. At Le Mans everything is important including watching in my mirrors for the quicker cars racing in the sports prototype class and anticipating the incidents that are always a part of this event. You have to be quick, consistent, alert and ready for anything!"
Sharpe is confident the Morgan Aero 8 will run strongly and is aiming for a debut finish for the team.
"The car demonstrated its consistency at Sebring because reliability is one of its strongest assets and that, allied to its excellent fuel consumption, is what counts at Le Mans - every bit as much as speed. There has been an enormous effort put into this programme by the entire team, and working with Yokohama has been a great step forward too. There will be many tens of thousands of British fans present, and I sincerely hope they cheer on our works Morgan Aero 8 because I really believe we represent the kind of challenge that will appeal - classic British engineering taking on the might of the continental manufacturer teams."