Team Modena Target Championship Success
Team Modena head for the final Le Mans Series event of the year at Jarama in Spain on September 24th on a high after their LMGT1 victory at Donington Park in August - and determined to give Antonio Garcia the best possible chance to take the drivers' title for the class. A superb final stint from Garcia at Donington saw them take the class win at the UK circuit, and that result sees the Spaniard heading for his home round just two points off the lead in the drivers' championship.
To partner Garcia and team regular Peter Hardman for the Jarama 1000km race the team have drafted in David Brabham, the experienced Australian having driven alongside Garcia in one of the team's Aston Martin DBR9s on the way to ninth overall at this year's Le Mans 24-Hour race.
For Garcia the race is an opportunity to race at what is literally his home circuit - he lives within minutes of the track - and claim a prestigious title. "I've won a few times at Jarama and it has been a good track for me. It is good news that we have David back in the team, he is a very good driver and I learnt a lot from him at Le Mans - at Jarama it will be my turn to teach him the track! I want to win the drivers' title, and I'm focussing on doing my best in the car and just being as quick as we can."
"I'm really looking forward to it," says Hardman. "I've been to the workshop and the car and team look really ready to go, and I've been training hard. I'm going out early as it is a new circuit for me, and Antonio is going to show me Jarama. The obvious goal is to get Antonio to the title, but a good result could get me in the top three, which would be great as I set myself the target of the top-six at the start of the season. I really think we can do well at Jarama."
"The team have done a lot of work on the car since Le Mans," says Brabham, "and I think the direction they have taken it in should suit Jarama - we will be aiming to win the race."
"We will be going for the LMGT1 win," confirms Team Modena co-owner Rik Bryant. "We are re-united with David which is a real bonus after our Le Mans success, and the whole team will be behind Antonio, it will be fantastic if we can get him to the title at his home circuit and in front of his fans - he has been superb this season and deserves to win."