The 24 Hours of Le Mans will be in its 76th edition this year and two drivers from the Limburg will be at the start. Apart from Jos Verstappen, our man from Haelen, Jos Menten has also found a safe haven for this legendary endurance race. Once...
The 24 Hours of Le Mans will be in its 76th edition this year and two drivers from the Limburg will be at the start. Apart from Jos Verstappen, our man from Haelen, Jos Menten has also found a safe haven for this legendary endurance race. Once again the 27 years young Dutchman has opted for the Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9. Jos Menten will be sharing this fabulous LMGT1-power beast with the American Terry Borcheller and the Brazilian Christiano Fittipaldi.
"I have enjoyed some highly positive experience with the team in the past", Jos Menten told us. "I didn't have to think twice about taking the plunge with Team Modena one again. The collaboration with Christiano ran very smoothly and I'm convinced that it will be equally smooth with Terry. We're making no secret about our objective. We intend finishing the race within the top five in our category!"
"I think we have a fantastic driver line up for Le Mans," says Team Principal Graham Schultz. "We are excited to have Terry Borcheller join us for the race and know him from our links with the Bell Motorsport Aston Martin in the US. He knows Christian and they will work well together, and Jos simply slotted in with us last year and did a great job. We have a good squad and are confident about our chances."
Rik Bryan, Team Modena Sporting Director says: "I think that we have put together a very strong driver line-up for this year, and for the first time at Le Mans we are taking three drivers who all have previous Le Mans experience - the event deserves that respect! It's great to re-unite Christian and Jos who did such a fantastic job for us last year, despite luck not being on our side!"
The three drivers all bring experience and pace to the team, Brazilian Christian has extensive motorsport experience including Formula One, as well as having competed in numerous endurance and sportscar campaigns with previous victories in the Daytona and Spa 24-Hours races. Dutchman Jos demonstrated his speed and racecraft with the team last year, while Terry is racing a DBR9 in the US this season with Bell Motorsport, who receive support from Team Modena, and has been on the Le Mans podium before.
"My experience with Team Modena in the 24-Hours of Le Mans 2007 was very positive. Lady luck wasn't on our side but we worked as a team to bring the car to the finish. In the end the team went on to win the Prix Escra, which underlines the staff's technical capacities and know-how", says Jos Menten. "Just like last year we'll be facing very strong competition in the LM GT1- class. It's hard to make any predications but we'll do our best to finish the race as high as possible!"
Over these last few years Team Modena has gained a fair amount of success in both the Le Mans Series as also the FIA GT Championship. Team Modena is entering three cars in 2008, in three different championships. An Aston Martin DBR9 in the Le Mans Series, a Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 in the British GT Championship, and a BMW E46 in the CJ Korea GT Championship.
The official test day takes place on 1st June, whereas the actual race is being held during the weekend of 14th and 15th June.
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