Team Modena Announce 2007 GT1 Plans Sebring, Le Mans and LMS the targets for leading sportscar team Garcia and Halliday already signed for season Team Modena are aiming to be a sportscar force in 2007 and build on their race winning GT1 ...
Team Modena Announce 2007 GT1 Plans
Sebring, Le Mans and LMS the targets for leading sportscar team
Garcia and Halliday already signed for season
Team Modena are aiming to be a sportscar force in 2007 and build on their race winning GT1 campaign last year with an exciting programme for the coming season. Their schedule will open with the team running an Aston Martin DBR9 in the famous Sebring 12-Hours race, before contesting the Le Mans Series championship and taking part in the Le Mans 24-Hours, entry permitting, where they ran so well in 2006, coming ninth overall.
"We are very excited with the opportunity to start our season at Sebring," says Team Modena co-owner Rik Bryan, "and hopefully we can put in a competitive performance there - it's a stiff start to the year, but will be a good test of the team. We then have high hopes for the LMS season and the Le Mans 24-Hours and are aiming to improve on our 2006 performances.
"Sebring should be good for us, and we're looking forward to it as a chance to see what is happening in the US sportscar scene. Without the works cars there we could be the only Aston Martin, so it is a good chance to add to the successful race record of our DBR9 -- chassis 101."
The driver line up for the season is already looking impressive, with the rapid Antonio Garcia, who guided the team to GT1 victory in the Donington Park LMS race last August, once more forming part of the team, to be joined in the Aston Martin by UK-based American racer Liz Halliday. The duo will be with the team for all five LMS races as well as the Sebring and Le Mans endurance classics
"We already have a good driver line up in place now," continues Rik, "and will be looking to add a third driver of similar quality. Our goal for the season has to be making Team Modena regular podium visitors at the very least, and do well enough to earn a 2008 Le Mans place by right.
"It's great to have Liz with us, she is very experienced in many different types of car, and has raced at Sebring and Le Mans before which can only help us. We are delighted to be able to add her to our driver line-up."
"It's extremely exciting to be joining a team as professional and exciting as Team Modena," says Halliday. "I couldn't help but notice their performance in the Le Mans Series and I was very impressed.
"The Aston Martin DBR9 is widely considered the best GT1 car in the world right now and it is a car I have always wanted to drive since it arrived on the sportscar scene. To race alongside a driver with the ability of Antonio Garcia in the championship is also a huge bonus and I'm sure I can learn a lot from him."
"I am looking forward to another season with Team Modena," says Garcia, "and to build on our successes of 2006. I'm delighted to be working with Liz, and very excited about driving at Sebring -- for me it is one of the highlights of this year's calendar."
The Sebring 12-Hours takes place on the 17th of March and the Florida circuit is notorious as a stiff test of machinery, the perfect start to the season for an endurance racing team. The five-race LMS championship (for cars conforming to Le Mans regulations) commences at Monza in Italy, and the final 1000-kilometre race will be at Silverstone in September.
Highlight of the 2006 season for Team Modena was their strong performance in the Le Mans 24-Hours itself, where they finished in the top ten overall, fourth GT1 car home, and highest-placed independent team in that category. Entry to the race is only by permission of the organisers, the ACO, but after the team's efforts of last year hopes are high they will be considered for the French classic race.
A planned test of the team's GT1 category Aston Martin DBR9 sportscar at Donington Park, East Midlands, this week has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions in the UK.
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