Monza: Team Modena preview

MONZA START FOR TEAM MODENA LE MANS SERIES SEASON Team Modena's 2007 Le Mans Series campaign roars into life at the famous Monza circuit in Italy next weekend, April 14th and 15th, with the British team again contesting the competitive GT1 ...

MONZA START FOR TEAM MODENA LE MANS SERIES SEASON

Team Modena's 2007 Le Mans Series campaign roars into life at the famous Monza circuit in Italy next weekend, April 14th and 15th, with the British team again contesting the competitive GT1 category with their Aston Martin DBR9. Race winners in 2006 and a superb ninth overall in the renowned Le Mans 24-Hour race, the goal for 2007 is to continue that fine form in Sunday's LMS season-opening 1000km race.

Driver line-up for Monza will see team regulars Antonio Garcia and Liz Halliday in the car, with potentially a third driver to be announced in the days leading up to the race. The team recently contested the Sebring 12-Hour race in Florida as preparation for the European race season, and with the Aston Martin re-fettled at the team's High Wycombe HQ, they will conduct a final test at a British circuit prior to Monza.

"We are testing at Snetterton on Tuesday [April 11th]," says Team Principal Graham Schultz, "and that should pay off and give us a strong run at Monza."

"We can't wait to go racing again in Europe with the Le Mans Series," said team Sporting Director Rik Bryan. "We ran well last month at Sebring in the US and we are excited to be back in Europe with the Le Mans Series. I know the drivers can't wait."

Both drivers have experience of Monza, and are looking forward to the test and a chance to get behind the wheel once more.

"I'm looking forward to Monza," said Garcia, "it is a chance to run the car in low-aero set-up and see what the balance is like. Monza always looks an easy track, but brake balance is important there and we should learn a lot. It has been a good circuit for me before, but the opposition will be very tough and the GT1 class will be very close once more."

"I know I have work to do," said Halliday who drove the Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9 for the first time at Sebring, "but I've reflected on Sebring and targeted the areas I know I need to work on. It should definitely help that we have that experience to draw on, and we have got another test coming up just before the race, so I'm hoping I can really start to move forward this weekend. Monza is a great circuit and I love Italy, so I am definitely looking forward to the race."

-credit: tm

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