Team Modena - Driver News and Future Plans
August is a busy month for Team Modena with Le Mans Series and Avon Tyres British GT Championship races. With the team on LMS duty at Spa this weekend, we round up some recent events - and look forward to future races and beyond.
Team Modena Drivers Announced for Silverstone 1000km
Next month's British round of the Le Mans Series will be a key event for Team Modena, the squad eager to again win the LM GT1 class once more in their home event. Antonio Garcia and Peter Hardman drove the team's Aston Martin DBR9 to victory at Donington Park in August last year, and at Silverstone on September 16th team regular Antonio will once more be on board, with the experienced Darren Turner joining him for this race.
"It's going to be great to get another chance to drive the Aston Martin with Team Modena," said Turner. "I'd like to thank Rik Bryan and Graham Schultz for the opportunity. I'm also really looking forward to racing again at Silverstone in front of my 'home' crowd. The GT1 category of the Le Mans Series is very competitive, with a lot of strength in depth, and it should be a great battle. Antonio now knows the car really well, and remains one of the quickest out there, as we saw at Le Mans, so it's all good as far as I'm concerned!"
Darren drove for the team at Sebring at the start of the season, and since then the versatile 33-year-old has been one of the crew who took a factory DBR9 to victory at this year's Le Mans 24-Hour race. With a strong and rapid line-up, Team Modena should be setting the LM GT1 pace at Silverstone - the final European LMS race of the season.
Planning for the GT3 Future
The pace and potential already shown by Team Modena's GT3 Lamborghini Gallardo has more than repaid the team's decision to race the dramatic looking supercar - and planning is now underway for an expansion of that race campaign in 2008.
"Lamborghini will be releasing 20 chassis for race purposes next year - and we have orders in for five," said Team Modena's Graham Schultz. "We are looking at running three two-car teams next year, and will decide shortly where to run the cars - I'd love to have them all in British GT. Our policy of using different drivers is all part of the development process - you can't build a GT car that just suits two drivers.
"2007 was always intended as a test year, but we have had some very talented people working on the car and now it is the best we can get it."
Super Silverstone Support
A superb turnout of Lamborghini owners and enthusiasts at Silverstone's Avon Tyres British GT round saw Team Modena resoundingly supported as well as a mouth-watering display of road-going Lamborghinis parked by the paddock entrance. At times gaining more attention than some of the support races, the super-car park featured a host of superbly turned out Lamborghini's - their support much appreciated by the team.
"It was great to see so many of our customers here," said Graham Schultz, "we've been letting them know what we are doing with our racing, while others have seen the Gallardo at Lamborghini Wycombe. We have one of only three Diablo GTs in the country here today, as well as a Murcielago LP640 that has come to Silverstone straight from Modena."
Record Breaking Lamborghini Pace
Silverstone on August 12th saw the team Modena Lamborghini Gallardo continue its record breaking opening to its race career - setting lap records at every circuit it has visited. In a dramatic start to the race Adam Jones simply drove away from the rest of the Avon Tyres British GT field, the car's performance aptly described by Autosport magazine as: "the incredible pace of Team Modena's Lamborghini Gallardo".
"The car didn't miss a beat in the race'" said Jones, "it's a really enjoyable car to drive - and very quick."
The car now holds GT3 lap records at Snetteron, Brands Hatch and Silverstone - with the high-speed Thruxton circuit next to come at the end of August. The Hampshire circuit is the fastest visited by the British GT series, and should provide the latest stage for the quickest car in the series.
Next LMES Championship round: Spa, Belgium, August 17th / 19th
Next Avon Tyres British GT Championship round: Thruxton, Hampshire, August 25th / 26th