RML, in association with AD Group, entered the international
sportscar arena in late 2003 with an ex-works MG Lola EX257
in the inaugural race of what was then called the Le Mans
Endurance Series, or LMES.
the next five years the team remained loyal to the MG brand,
actively developing the chassis in partnership with Lola
Cars of Huntingdon, and winning the LMP2 class in the Le
Mans 24 Hours two years in a row; 2005 and 2006. Throughout
this period the regular driver pairing of Thomas Erdos and
Mike Newton established a reputation as front-runners in
LMP2 prototype racing, adding the 2007 Le Mans Series drivers'
title to their haul of race wins and lap records.
the same time, the cars they drove were enhanced and developed,
and underwent a series of name-changes too. The AER-engined
MG EX257 was replaced by the EX264, initially with Judd
V8 power (2005), and then reverting to the turbocharged
two-litre AER engine for the 2006 season. Further development
allowed the EX264 to complete a second season in 2007, which
netted the Le Mans Series LMP2 titles not only for the drivers
individually but also the team as a whole. A comprehensive
upgrade for 2008, including updated MG XP-21 engine, resulted
in re-homologation of the chassis as the MG EX265. This
culminated in the MG marque's last-ever appearance in top
level motorsport when the MG EX265C coupé made its
debut (and, it transpired, one-and-only race) at Silverstone
in September 2008.
the MG-derived engine reaching the end of its development
potential, and with no sign of the promised support coming
from MG's new owners in China, a line was drawn under what
had been a remarkable period of success for RML AD Group
in endurance racing. The signing of a new engine and technical
support deal with Mazda at the end of 2008 heralded the
dawn of a new era, and in February 2009 the new Lola Mazda
took to the track for the first time at Snetterton.
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