MG Rover first qualifying practice summary

MG XPOWER Hot Wheels Racing Le Mans MG Lola EX257 1st Qualifying Practice Session Car no 26 Anthony Reid, Warren Hughes, Jonny Kane Warren Hughes was the first driver in the seat of car 26 for the initial qualifying session of the 24 Heures...

MG XPOWER Hot Wheels Racing
Le Mans
MG Lola EX257

1st Qualifying Practice Session

Car no 26 Anthony Reid, Warren Hughes, Jonny Kane

Warren Hughes was the first driver in the seat of car 26 for the initial qualifying session of the 24 Heures Du Mans, 2002. With a time of the 3:42.835 the car finished 16th overall and 2nd in the LMP675 class. Jonny Kane was the only other driver in the car, which was withdrawn after part one of the session to allow for the engine to be repaired.

Warren Hughes: "It's disappointing as we really wanted to tackle qualifying this evening. It was nice to have the time I had in the car tonight and it was like learning a new circuit again. As I didn't get much dry running in the car last year it was great to get some laps in. It was starting to feel really good and I'm pleased with the lap times considering I missed the official test. We'll fix the engine overnight and I'm hoping to be quicker tomorrow to get a good grid position."

Jonny Kane: "I was trying to pass a car, he didn't see me and I had to break really hard. I down-shifted too early, trying to slow down, over revved the engine and damaged a valve. Unfortunately, it wasted track time for us but we'll be back tomorrow."

Car no 27 Mark Blundell, Julian Bailey, Kevin McGarrity

Meanwhile, car 27 completed both parts of the first qualifying session and finished 5th overall and 1st in class with Mark Blundell setting the teams fastest lap time of 3:33.254.

Mark Blundell: "Very happy and we've replicated our performance from pre-qualifying. We know there's more time in there. The car took some damage when a GT3 car caused me to use too much road but the team have done a tremendous job in putting the car back together."

Julian Bailey: "We're pleased with Mark's position and we haven't yet reached our full potential. The car's running really well and were in good shape so far."

Kevin McGarrity: "Our objective tonight was to take things easy but qualify the car for the race and that's exactly what we've done. We know we've got the potential to go faster and 5th position tonight is encouraging."

Commenting on completing the first qualifying session:

Hugh Chamberlain, team manager, CMS: "Obviously the target tonight was to qualify the drivers and the cars. Everything seems so simple but in reality its not. The guys have done a good job tonight. Car 27 and drivers qualified with 5 minutes to spare!"

Rob Oldaker, managing director, MG Sport & Racing: "Another strong performance from Mark has again reinforced the potential we demonstrated here in May. But, it's as much about endurance as it is speed, so we will have to wait and see what the weekend holds."

-mg-

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Kevin McGarrity , Mark Blundell , Julian Bailey , Anthony Reid , Jonny Kane , Warren Hughes