Morgan Aero 8 For FIA GT3 (and More?)
We're piecing together the strands of a fascinating story and, this
close to the Christmas break, are still missing one vital link in
the chain, but we can confirm that the Morgan Aero 8 looks set to
be the latest addition to the FIA GT3 field in 2007.
the required approvals in the latest round of GT Commission paper
shuffling, three cars look set to be entered in the car's debut
year, the cars being prepared and entered, perhaps surprisingly,
by FFSA GT regulars Mirabeau Competition.
Parkin was able to confirm that the factory was aware of the planned
entry and that it would be entirely a Mirabeau effort: "We're
delighted of course that the cars will be racing at this level,
but this not a factory programme."
We have been
unable to contact Mirabeau to confirm any further detail on the
GT3 programme, but can confirm via another Gallic source that the
team already has an Aero 8 at its workshop: this car is the 2004
Le Mans GT2 car which is being used by Mirabeau for evaluation.
itself to a further notion. With GT3 cars being based directly on
roadgoing cars, why is Mirabeau assessing a GT2 racer? With Morgan's
100th anniversary coming along in 2009 it seems very likely that
consideration is being given to the suitability of the car for further
GT2 racing. Could the ACO resist such a historically significant
entry from a French team at Le Mans, in 2009?
is the Morgan Works Team entry at Le Mans in 2004, with Adam Sharpe,
Neil Cunningham and Steve Hyde on the way to (an unclassified) 27th
place - and about to be passed by Marco Werner in the third placed
On the right
is the 2002 Morgan (running in British GTs in this image), which
failed to finish at Le Mans that year after suffering engine failure
(Richard Stanton / Steve Hyde / Richard Hay).