Team Modena Test Day report

Successful Le Mans Test as Team Modena Return to British GT Action In a busy week for Team Modena, the squad were at Le Mans at the weekend with their GT1 Aston Martin, and are now preparing for the next British GT rounds this coming...

Successful Le Mans Test as Team Modena Return to British GT Action

In a busy week for Team Modena, the squad were at Le Mans at the weekend with their GT1 Aston Martin, and are now preparing for the next British GT rounds this coming weekend.

Le Mans Test Day Goes Well for Team Modena

The Le Mans test day, the only chance to run on the full Le Mans circuit prior to the famous 24-Hour race itself, saw Team Modena seventh quickest of the LM GT1 class cars. Any real opportunity to go for a quick time with the Aston Martin DBR9 was denied the squad as rain and red flags punctuated the day, but the team were happy with what they achieved.

All three drivers gained precious track time, Christian Fittipaldi and Jos Menten getting back into the groove having raced with the team at Le Mans in 2007, while newcomer Terry Borcheller had his first opportunity to take to the track with Team Modena. Heavy rain brought effective running to a halt on several occasions, while several cars went off heavily which saw sessions red-flagged.

"The rain has been really heavy," said Team Principal Graham Schultz at the circuit, "but we are really pleased with what we have achieved today and we even split the work's cars at one point this morning.

"All three drivers are very happy, Jos slotted in as if he had never been away, Christian was in the groove straightaway and Terry just needed time in our car - he already has Aston Martin experience. We didn't need to qualify any of the drivers and we completed our wet programme, and dealt with all the little issues that crop up on a day like this.

"This event is all about preparation, and we know our car, we have data from our last two years here, and we are looking good now for the race."

The Le Mans 24-Hours starts on Saturday June 14th, with four hours of qualifying on the Wednesday and Thursday in the week leading into race weekend. Team Modena have a fine Le Mans pedigree, taking their Aston Martin to ninth overall in 2006, and wining the organiser's prize for the best pitwork in the entire pit lane in 2007 for getting the car back into the ace after a heavy night time incident after being hit by another car.

Team Modena Return to Scene of Gallardo Debut

Team Modena Team Modena return to Snetterton in Norfolk for this weekend's (June 7th and 8th) rounds of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship - scene of their debut in the series last year and where the Gallardo announced itself on the British scene by setting a new lap record. Now up to full strength with a pair of Lamborghini Gallardos, the team will be aiming to use their year's experience to go one better than the second place they recorded at Rockingham in the previous meeting.

It is a busy time for Team Modnea, with the crew at Le Mans yesterday for the test day, and returning to the French circuit straight after Snetterton for the race.

"It's good to go back to Snetterton having set the lap record there last year," said Team Principal Graham Schultz. "There is a lot going on for the team right now, but we are bringing equipment back from Le Mans for this race meeting. We aim to have a good weekend"

Adam Jones and Rob Wilson took the GT3-specification car to fourth on the Gallardo's British GT debut, and this year Adam will once more be in the car, this time sharing with Piers Johnson. The duo took second place in the first race at a very wet Rockingham at the end of last month, and led much of the second race in tricky conditions.

"It will be good to go to Snetterton knowing the car has gone quick there before," said Piers. "It is a circuit I know well and I have done a lot of long-distance races there, it is an easy circuit to learn but sometimes a tricky one to be really quick at. It would be nice to have some good weather for once at a GT race this year!"

Ben de Zille Butler and Guy Harrington joined the team at Knockhill in April, and now see Team Modena running a full two car assault on the British GT Championship.

"I'm looking forward to the weekend, but I look forward to every race!" said Ben. "I am hoping our luck will change, we took some gambles at Rockingham that didn't come off but could have paid off for us. I first drove the Gallardo at Snetterton last year and it was quick straight away, so I think we will be quick. Guy and I both like the circuit, and we have been on the podium there before, so it could be a good weekend for us."

The weekend features a one-hour race on each day, each race featuring a compulsory driver change.

-credit: teammodena.com

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Christian Fittipaldi , Terry Borcheller , Piers Johnson , Adam Jones , Jos Menten , Ben de Zille Butler , Guy Harrington