TEAM MODENA POSITIVE HEADING TO VALENCIA Team Modena head for round two of the 2007 Le Mans Series campaign this weekend (May 5th / 6th) in Valencia, Spain, with the team's Le Mans 24-Hours line-up of drivers in place for the final race...
TEAM MODENA POSITIVE HEADING TO VALENCIA
Team Modena head for round two of the 2007 Le Mans Series campaign this weekend (May 5th / 6th) in Valencia, Spain, with the team's Le Mans 24-Hours line-up of drivers in place for the final race outing of the team's Aston Martin DBR9 prior to the classic French race. With Team Modena regulars Antonio Garcia and Liz Halliday joined for Valencia and Le Mans by Christian Fittipaldi, hopes are high for a strong result this weekend at a circuit Spaniard Garcia in particular knows very well.
"We are very upbeat heading for Valencia," says Team Principal Graham Schultz. "The car has been going well, Liz is quick, we are pleased to have Christian in the car, and we have a new truck so all the crew are happy! The rebuild of the car from Monza went well, and we have a new engine for Valencia."
The 1000-km race will be the first visit of the LMS to the modern Ricard Tormo circuit, 20km outside Valencia, and Garcia's local knowledge could prove vital in the set-up and race performance of the LM GT1 class Aston Martin.
"I know Valencia really well," says Garcia. "I did a lot of testing there when I raced in Formula Nissan as my team were based near the track, and I have won there several times. It is good to have a well-known name like Christian in the car with us - he has driven a GT1 car before and has lots of race experience.
"I'll only really be happy if we win at the weekend, but if we perform 100%, drive a good race and are as quick as we can be - then I will be satisfied."
"I've never been to Valencia before so it will be a completely new challenge for me," Halliday said. "What I do know about the circuit is that it is very narrow and, with a 46-car grid, it's going to be very, very busy on track. I'm sure it will be a tough race but having improved a lot during my race stints at Monza, I've learned even more about the car's handling and characteristics.
"It will be good to get to know Christian before we race at Le Mans, he has driven sports cars before and has raced at both the Le Mans and Daytona 24-Hours, so he has that crucial endurance experience."