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Le Mans’ First Chinese Team Officially Enters Race

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The 24 Hours of Le Mans will see its first Chinese outfit compete at the Circuit de la Sarthe, after KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) successfully completed administrative checks and scrutineering.

The mandatory procedure for all Le Mans entries, held at Place de la Republique in Le Mans city centre is a tradition during Le Mans week, with cars being subject to extensive technical inspection while the drivers take part in administrative checks to officially enter the 24 hour race.

KCMG’s #47 Morgan-Nissan LMP2 successfully passed the procedure and all three drivers, Alexandre Imperatori, Ho-Pin Tung and Matt Howsen, were approved by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.

The team’s first on-track activity takes place on Wednesday for free practice, before three qualifying sessions held across Wednesday and Thursday. A parade on Friday kicks off the weekend activity before the race begins at 1500 on Saturday.

“Scrutineering was a success and the team is looking forward to the free practice and qualifying sessions on Wednesday and Thursday,” said Team Owner Paul Ip. “It’s going to be a very busy week but we are looking forward to all the events leading up to the 24 Hours. We were happy to complete all mandatory technical procedures, which allows us to officially participate in the race. The entire team is proud to represent China and we are gearing up to make sure that our Le Mans 24 Hours debut will be an unforgettable and successful one.”

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