Sixth for Team Modena After First Night at Le Mans
Team Modena finished the first evening of qualifying for the 2007 Le Mans 24-Hour race sixth quickest in the LM GT1 class, and the pace-setter of the privately run Aston Martin DBR9s. As the track dried after an earlier rain shower, times dropped at the end of the session, when Antonio Garcia went out with 15-minutes remaining and set the car's quickest lap of the night.
"It's been a funny evening with red flags and rain, which all happened at the point where the track is usually the quickest," said Team Modena Sporting Director Rik Bryan. "All three drivers have done a great job this evening and we are very pleased with what we have achieved, the track was getting quicker right at the end and Antonio put in a fantastic lap."
"I knew I only had one or two laps at the end of the session," said Garcia. "I had traffic on my first lap, there were two slow cars on the track, and I wasn't sure what time I had done. Then an Audi in the Porsche Curves held me up - I was flashing my lights to get him to move out the way."
All three drivers took to the track in the second session of the evening, Christian Fittipaldi handing over to Jos Menten, who took his first qualifying laps in the Aston Martin in the dark with a drying track, but showed his pace by lapping quicker by the lap.
"The track was wet but drying when I went out," said Menten. "I had to concentrate in the Porsche Curves, but I soon felt at home driving in the dark. I was able to put in some fast laps, and it was fun to be fighting with LMP1 and LMP2 cars. "
"The car was better right at the end of the session than it had been earlier," said Fittipaldi. "I didn't get to do many laps, but the car is working well and that is the most important thing."
There are another four hours of qualifying on Thursday night, with the race itself starting at 15.00 local time on Saturday afternoon.