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3rd July 2002


Julian Bailey in the MG Lola EX257 at Le Mans - June 2002 The two MG Lola EX257s which recently competed in the 24 Heures du Mans have been invited to appear at the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed which takes place between July 12-14.

Having qualified successfully with a 6th and 12th position, both MGs displayed significant pace from the very beginning of the race, consistently leading their class and competing closely with the leading cars. Car No. 26 (driven by Anthony Reid, Warren Hughes and Jonny Kane) eventually retired with transmission failure just after midnight, when running strongly in 4th overall. The MG car No. 27 (driven by Mark Blundell, Julian Bailey and Kevin McGarrity) carried on through the night gaining positions and by early morning having completed two thirds of the race period suffered a transmission related problem and the dream to finish and challenge the leading cars was over.

While one of the cars will be on static display at Goodwood the other will take part in the principal attraction of the event, the Festival of Speed hillclimb competition. Julian Bailey will be in the driving seat. On appearing at Goodwood Julian said: "This will be a whole new experience for me as I've never been to Goodwood before and I'm really looking forward to taking part in the hillclimb. It will also be an opportunity for me to meet up with some old friends."

Rob Oldaker, managing director, MG Sport & Racing is delighted at the prospect of MG being at the festival. He said: "It's great that we've been given this opportunity at such a prestigious motoring event. We received phenomenal support at Le Mans and for British fans to experience the sight and sounds of the Le Mans MG on home soil is tremendous."

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