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For SARD-Morand, the 2015 World Endurance Championship Prologue was marked by a promising first performance on the track of the Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France.
Everything started on Thursday evening with the unveiling of the pair of Morgan EVO SARDs entered in the LMP2 class, in the presence of executives from Kairos Technologies and its President Michel Vieira, the team’s new owner, and of the full drivers’ line-up including Christian Klien, Koki Saga, Zoel Amberg (car #39), Pierre Ragues, Oliver Webb and Tristan Vautier (car #43).
As early as the second session on Friday afternoon, Christian Klien offered SARD-Morand its first great achievement by topping the time sheets of the LMP2 category.
“I think this two days were very productive for us.” said Klien “We had the new aero kit on both cars and we learnt a lot from it, especially on the second day when the wind conditions were better and the car was more stable.
“We worked a lot to understand the car better, and the lap times showed it was competitive. In the end, I think we have a good package, a good combination of drivers on both cars. Now we are looking forward to go racing.”
“I am very pleased with the balance of the car, which has better downforce with the changes in aerodynamics.” added Tristan Vautier, driver #43 Morgan EVO SARD.
“I would like to pay tribute to Benoit Morand and all his crew who had a massive work ahead and they did great to get everything ready for this two-day Prologue.”
Team Principal Benoit Morand also announced the change of ownership of the team; “Kairos Technologies has just become the owner of the team, and also a precious partner for many years to come.
“During our first testing of the year at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain, we realized that the car was different from the one we had in 2014. We scored the best time on Friday afternoon, and got P2 and P3 in the last session on Saturday.
“The team did well and I think we are competitive.” he added, “I am very pleased of our combination of drivers’ line-ups, they can win races.”
Update 31/03/2015 – as reported in Sportscar365 Kairos Technologies are also targeting a move into LMP1, watch this space!