Big Weekend for Team Modena
Team Modena head into their busiest race weekend of the year with action on both the international and British stages - the Le Mans Series springs back to life with a 1000km race at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany, while the British GT Championship has its first two-hour race of the season at Silverstone.
Le Mans Series - Nurburgring
Team Modena The LMS event is the first race for the Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9 since June's Le Mans 24-Hour race, and the regular driver line-up of Antonio Garcia and Tomas Enge rejoin the team for the event. Winners at Monza earlier in the season, the rapid and experienced duo will see the DBR9 once more taking on the quickest on the LM GT1 class opposition at the famous German circuit.
The team attended the Paul Ricard circuit in France for a test earlier this week before travelling across Europe to the Nurburgring, the DBR9 fully re-fettled after Le Mans. Team Manager Hans Muehlbauer will be overseeing the LMS campaign this weekend with Sporting Director Rik Bryan alongside, as the team utilises its full resources to compete competitively in two top-level championships on the same day.
"The car has been fully re-built after Le Mans and looks great," said Graham. "The Paul Ricard test turned out to be a wash-out with standing water on the track, but we have a strong team in Germany and it will be a good race for us."
A high-quality 49-car field take on the challenge of the six-hour, 1000km race, with three hours of Free Practice prior to a 20-minute qualifying session at 13.45 on Saturday afternoon. The race is scheduled to start at 12.05 (local time) on Sunday afternoon.
British GT Championship - Silverstone
Team Modena Both Team Modena Lamborghini Gallardos will be in action at Silverstone, under the watchful eye of Team Principal Graham Schultz, as the Avon Tyres British GT Championship moves into its final phase with the race lengths doubling. Rachel Green again links up with Piers Johnson in the number 21 car, the duo having taken fifth place from the back of the grid at Brands Hatch last month in Rachel's first British GT race. The number 11 Gallardo will see its usual line-up of Ben de Zille Butler and Guy Harrington on board and aiming for a strong performance after a recent run of bad luck.
"We have used a lot of Lamborghini Wycombe expertise to address the technical issues which have troubled the cars in recent races," explained Graham, "and we have to thank Hans Reiter for his help and advice. Silverstone should be a big meeting for us."
Last year at Silverstone the number 21 car led for over half the race, and hopes are high for this season's visit the Grand Prix venue. With two strong pairings hopes are high, the drivers well aware of what is required to bring the cars home for a strong finish.
"Brands Hatch was a great result for the team, but I felt I could have performed better," said Rachel. "It's all about time in the car and we will be testing at Silverstone on the Friday, and I am aiming to do even better this weekend.
"The longer race will make things interesting, you can't treat it as a sprint as you have to preserve the tyres and brakes etc, but you have to be quick and consistent. Silverstone has been good to me before, I have been on the podium there, so I am looking forward to the weekend - but looking at the weather forecast I think it is going to be pretty wet!"
"There is not really a much of a difference in taking on the longer races," says Ben, "Guy and I are both relatively fit and have no concerns about being in the car that length of time. The main thing is that the stop will include fuel and possibly a tyre change, and the Team Modena crew are experienced at doing that."
Qualifying for the Silverstone race is at 14.10 on Saturday afternoon, with the race due to start at 13.20 on Sunday.