MBD Sportscars announce driver line-up

MBD Sportscars confirm 2002 Le Mans line up. MBD Sportscars Team Sporting Director Vic Elford today confirmed the team plans for the 24 hours of Le Mans. The number 19 Panoz-Mugen will be driven by Milka Duno, Didier de Radiguès and John Graham, ...

MBD Sportscars announce driver line-up

MBD Sportscars confirm 2002 Le Mans line up.

MBD Sportscars Team Sporting Director Vic Elford today confirmed the team plans for the 24 hours of Le Mans. The number 19 Panoz-Mugen will be driven by Milka Duno, Didier de Radiguès and John Graham, who took the top three spots in the 2001 ALMS LMP 675 drivers championship.

Considering that the second car, number 20, has, statistically, little or no chance to move from it's third place on the reserve list into the final field, MBD has withdrawn it's entry request for this car. Instead, it will concentrate it's efforts on achieving a good result from it's lead car.

Technical director Larry Holt, confirmed that extensive development has been taking place since Sebring. "We have had time to address the issues that were recognized at Sebring. We are on schedule with our test program and with the strong support of Panoz and Mugen we know that many improvements will be in place before Le Mans. With the decision to withdraw the second car from the reserve list we are now able to focus on the number 19 car for Milka, Didier and John. It also gives us breathing room to develop both cars for Sears Point and the entire ALMS championship season".

Team manager Barry McSherry confirmed that the preparation of the cars is on schedule.

For Milka this will mark her second start in the French classic. "I loved driving this car at Sebring and I look forward to going back to Le Mans. I am confident about our chances there and for the whole of the ALMS season".

Didier de Radiguès summed up the team's feelings. "We are extremely focused on a strong performance at Le Mans this year. The team has meshed together very well and very quickly, they have worked very hard, and I am sure that we can achieve a strong result".

"I believe that we have a solid combination and Multimatic knows how to win at Le Mans" said John Graham who had a class win with Multimatic in 2000 and will be making his 7th start there.

MBD will be testing soon before heading off to La Sarthe for the May test weekend.

Scott Maxwell will be present for the testing and will join Milka, Didier and John for the rest of the ALMS season starting at Sears Point.

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