"We've had a few little problems this morning but this afternoon things have gone a lot better. Kevin and I have been evaluating tyre wear and I'm still learning the circuit as I didn't do much running last year. Today's been really good, two complete stints and a few other laps as well. I was P6 on old tyres and the lap time really speaks for itself. So, very positive and very pleased with the way the days gone."
"It's gone really good and we're trying all sorts of things on set up. This time last year we hadn't even competed and now I've done two complete stints. As far as the engine goes it's flying and we haven't even got it on full power. Lap times are affected because there's so much traffic. Everything is looking good to come back to qualifying in June."
"We've worked on the car and the set up over the weekend. The main thing is the engine's running nicely and we've got a lot more to find. At the moment we've closed the gap considerably on the front runners. We've tried some different things on the car and everything seems to have worked and put us in the right direction. We are in so much better shape than last year, the car is really quick and nice to drive. It's been a fantastic day."
"So far so good. A little frustrated that we didn't do the amount of running we wanted to this morning. We had a few small problems, which we've corrected so were starting to run a lot faster. We're optimistic that we're going to be a lot closer. Everything's gone very well and the team worked efficiently and put the car into a configuration, which we are all a lot happier with. It's taken us a while to understand it with a limited amount of testing and we're now in a situation where we can really begin to make big steps forward."
Rob Oldaker, managing director, MG Sport & Racing
"Overall this has been a good day for the MG. We had a few small niggles this morning which cost us track time, but we have still been able to gather much valuable data about the set up of the car. However we must remember, to do a few quick laps is one thing, but this is a 24 hour race and the first priority has to be to finish, we will see what happens from there."
MG Lola EX257
OFFICIAL TEST RESULTS
Weather / Track: Bright / Dry
MG ZS EX257 Car no 26
Jonny Kane & Kevin McGarrity
8th Overall (2nd in Class) 3.35.348
MG ZS EX257 Car no 27
Julian Bailey & Mark Blundell
5th Overall (1st in Class) 3.33.414
Anthony Reid and Warren Hughes were unable to take part in the test at Le Mans this weekend due to their MG race commitments in the British Touring Car Championship taking place at Thruxton, England.
24 Heures Du Mans driver line-up:
- Car 26: Jonny Kane, Warren Hughes, Anthony Reid
Car 27: Julian Bailey, Mark Blundell, Kevin McGarrity
"It was a really good test," said Jonny. "The EX257 went very quickly, and our best lap was quicker than the time set by Audi earlier this year. This was achieved on well-worn tyres and with at least two-thirds of a tank of fuel on board.
"Our two days at the circuit was very encouraging. The balance on the car was the best we’ve ever had and I believe we could have gone even faster. We were able to continue with further development work on the car following our successful outing at Estoril, where we were testing engine and tyres. It was good to get lots of miles on the car. The Sebring circuit is very bumpy but the car behaved admirably.
"This level of performance shows again that the MG Lola EX257 is a very quick car and I look forward to developing the programme further."
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