Pegasus Racing has completed a successful shakedown of its Morgan-Nissan LMP2 machine at Magny-Cours.
After meeting with Onroak Automotive management and engineers at Le Mans earlier in the year, the team has been hard at work completing and painting the car ahead of its first test in the hands of Julien Schell. Meanwhile, entry forms were sent to the Selection Committee for the European Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours.
“First of all, I’d like to congratulate and thank all the guys at Onroak Automotive, starting with Philippe Dumas and his technical team,” said Schell. “Despite a packed timetable they respected their undertakings and together we were able to carry out a successful first test. Obviously, the aim wasn’t to go for a time but to get to know the car. We fettled it in the morning as the track started to dry out, and then we had ideal conditions in the afternoon for the first runs. I felt at home straight away and I really enjoyed driving it.”
The Pegasus machine will be back on track in a few days for its second test, this time at Hockenheim with Schell being joined by Niki Leutwiler. The duo will compete alongside each other in 2014, while the squad will use the trip to Hockenheim to test other drivers who may join the team in the ELMS and Le Mans 24 Hours.
“We can’t wait for the decision on 13th February,” added Schell. “We’ll know the list of cars invited by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s Selection Committee for the coming Le Mans 24 Hours. I’m feeling confident as we’ve put together what could be a winning package. Our Morgan-Nissan with Dunlop tyres is identical to the car that won the LM P2 category at Le Mans and in the FIA World Endurance Championship. It’s got the tweaks adopted by OAK Racing at the end of 2013. It’s a well-honed car that’s proved itself. We can also count on our experience in endurance thanks to which we’ve won several titles, in particular the one in the 2011 Le Mans Series in the FLM category with four victories and a second place in five races.”