Sharpe Tries An Esperante
The dust has hardly settled from the Morgan’s tenth place finish at Sebring in Saturday’s 12 Hours, than Adam Sharpe is already trying a Panoz Esperante, in a test at the same track today.

dailysportscar.com"I am staying at Sebring to join Panoz at today's test and see what opportunities exist as I'm keen to get more GT experience - and race in a prototype as soon as I can,” says the 19 year old.

He is keen to develop a mixed programme of racing – with the Morgan Works team (in the LMES and hopefully, entry permitting, at Le Mans) and elsewhere. He's pictured with Neil Cunningham and Tom Shrimpton, at Bathurst last November.

The Morgan Aero 8 created a very favourable impression throughout last week, and Sharpe was very pleased with the outcome.

"It was a strong performance, not only in terms of running strongly right to the end but also in terms of our performance against some of the highly developed cars in the GT class," he said. "We knew that the car was strong, but I think to come to Sebring and finish the 12 hours without any major problem is a credit to everyone at Morgan Works Racing. A big thank you must also go to all at Yokohama whose help was invaluable throughout the weekend. Neil, Keith and I worked well together and I think it's given us a good platform on which to build for the future. If the team can secure the additional backing which we are seeking, I have no doubt that we can develop the Morgan Aero 8 GT into a car capable of competing against the best in class.”

Neil Cunningham was his irrepressibly bouncy self all week, while Keith Ahlers was clearly loving every minute of his first 12 Hours, despite the LMP1s nearly taking the paint off the Morgan as they came past.

“We had to keep our wits about us with the sports prototype cars coming through in traffic," agrees Adam Sharpe. "The race also confirmed my determination to focus my career on sports car racing.”

Good for you!

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