Team Modena to compete in LMES and Le Mans 24 Hours
Cirtek Motorsport ASTON MARTIN DBR9/101to run under new team identity
A new British team fielding two Aston Martins will be competing in this year's Le Mans Endurance Series and Le Mans 24 hours. Newly-formed Team Modena announced today it intends to race Aston Martin Aston Martin DBR9/101 - the first privately-owned DBR9 car ever produced - in the GT1 class starting in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 9 2006.
Team Modena is headed by long-term sports racing enthusiast and Buckinghamshire-based businessman Graham Schultz, along with owner of the Aston Martin DBR9/101 Rik Bryan.
The Aston Martin DBR9/101, which first hit the LMES series in July 2005, already has an excellent 2005 championship season behind it, having won in September at the Nurburgring, in November at Bahrain and in January in Brazil, also claiming pole position in Zhuhai and Dubai.
The Aston Martin DBR9/101 is now the most successful Aston Martin DBR9 and the most successful privately-owned Aston Martin racing car in the marque's history.
The team's technical side will be overseen by experienced Formula 1 designer Sergio Rinland. The cars are currently run by Cirtek Motorsport, which will continue to provide operational and technical services from the start of the 2006 LMES series, while the driver line up is still being finalised but is likely to include Spain's Antonio Garcia, and Scotsman Nathan Kinch
Team chief Graham Schultz said: "We have created Team Modena with the intention of running a pair of highly-competitive customer chassis in the GT1 class to begin with and have high ambitions for the future. We have assembled an extremely talented management team and have great hopes for next month's LMES opener in Istanbul following the speed shown by our car in testing at Paul Ricard. I am pleased that Cirtek will continue to operate this car under the umbrella of Team Modena - its race-winning pedigree is well established."
Rik Bryan said: "When I bought the first of the Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 cars, my ambition was not only to win races but also to create a team which can compete at the highest levels of sports car racing each season, providing both sponsors and drivers with a highly professional, competitive and credible way to race successfully at this level.
"Cirtek Motorsport has helped to bring us great success since last summer and that relationship will continue under the Team Modena banner. The advantage of this new structure is that we will be bringing key commercial and engineering management into the project, enabling us to develop our future plans in GT1 and other classes."