In a momentous move, racing brothers Morgan and Marcus Short managed by their father and seasoned motorsport & Le Mans veteran, Martin Short, have officially joined forces with the Revolution Race Cars factory team for a gripping campaign in the Sports Prototype Cup 2024. Morgan and Marcus fresh from their successful exploits in a Mosler in the GT Cup during 2023, are poised to make a mark on the competitive racing scene as a factory team once again.
The Short family's decision to race the Revolution stems from a long-standing relationship with Phil Abbott, the founder of Revolution Race Cars. This connection, forged over years of collaboration, has resulted in an exciting opportunity for Morgan and Marcus to test their skills in the cutting-edge Revolution cars.
Martin Short expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "Phil offered to give the lads a test last year, and it progressed from there! The chance to participate in essentially one-make racing, measuring the lads against other competitors in identical machinery, and the prospect of racing in Sports Prototype Cup events at renowned circuits like Spa, Le Mans, Zandvoort, Assen and Donington GP was too enticing to pass up. Plus, the chance to showcase their talents in the USA during the invitational round at Watkins Glen is a unique opportunity not offered by any other European race series."
The Sports Prototype Cup, known for its diverse prototype grid and competitive spirit, aligns seamlessly with the Short family's racing ethos. Martin Short highlighted the significance of the series, emphasising the unique experience it offers with LMP3 / GT3 pace, downforce, and the challenge of mastering the skills required to navigate these high-performance machines. Plus, a mix of 16 sprint and endurance races over 6 rounds ensures plenty of track time and a variety of race strategy requirements.
The father-and-son trio discussed their expectations for the 2024 season. While anticipating a full season for Morgan and Marcus, there is a possibility of an additional opportunity for Morgan in GT Cup. Martin Short humorously added, "It just means that Marcus gets more driving in a Revolution, or dad dusts his race suit off (but as I can’t fit in it, that’s unlikely!)."
Morgan Short, who made his British GT debut at Brands Hatch, emphasised the appeal of racing an extremely fast prototype at some of the best European circuits. He also touched upon the unique dynamic of racing alongside his brother, stating, "Marcus and I get to continue to race together as teammates. We have a really good dynamic together and push each other to become better and faster drivers."
Marcus Short shed light on the genesis of the Revolution deal, citing the longstanding relationship between his father and Phil Abbott. Reflecting on their races in the Mosler, Marcus expressed hope that their performances, especially at Brands, garnered positive attention last year, establishing a solid foundation for their transition to the Sports Prototype Cup.
Both Morgan and Marcus had the opportunity to test the Revolution car at Silverstone in the wet, providing valuable insights into its handling and performance. Morgan praised the car's grip, driveability, and blistering straight-line speed, expressing eagerness to explore its full potential in dry conditions.
As the Short family embarks on this new chapter with Revolution Race Cars, the Sports Prototype Cup awaits with its thrilling calendar, promising an unforgettable blend of sprint and endurance races at iconic European circuits. The Short brothers, with their eyes set on victories, aim to showcase their skills and secure attention for future opportunities in the competitive world of motorsport.
Phil Abbott commented “I am really excited to see Morgan and Marcus join our factory team to compete for the full season in Sports Prototype Cup. They are undoubtedly a talented pair and I have every confidence that the Revolution will showcase their talents. The Revolution is an ideal car for young talented drivers with an eye on a career path to Le Mans. I am excited to see what they can do!
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About The Sports Prototype Cup
The Sports Prototype Cup has announced its 2024 calendar, featuring more races than ever for a wider range of lightweight prototypes. The Cup features the crème de la crème of European circuits to ensure an unforgettable and challenging racing experience. The season offers a perfect blend of sprint and endurance races, ample track time, varied formats and options for solo and two-driver entries.
12 - 14 Apr : Zandvoort : 2 x 25min races 1 × 40min races
31 May - 2 June : Spa Francorchamps : 2 × 60min races
22 June : Donington GP : 2 × 30min races
21 - 25 Aug : Watkins Glen : 1 × 30 min race 2 × 60 min race
13 - 15 Sep : Zandvoort : 2 × 25min races 1 × 40min races
25-27 Oct : TT Circuit Assen : 2 × 25min races 1 × 40min races
16 - 17 Nov : Le Mans Bugatti : 2 × 20min races 1 × 40min races
NB Watkins Glen is a non-points scoring invitational round.