Team Modena Battle Through in Valencia The Valencia 1000km, second race of the 2007 Le Mans Series championship, proved to be a tough event for Team Modena. The team battled with an alternator problem as well as a series of punctures, and ...
Team Modena Battle Through in Valencia
The Valencia 1000km, second race of the 2007 Le Mans Series championship, proved to be a tough event for Team Modena. The team battled with an alternator problem as well as a series of punctures, and driver pairing Antonio Garcia and Christian Fittipaldi brought the teams' Aston Martin DBR9 home fifth as the race ended once the six-hour time limit was reached.
The team's hopes were dented by their problems that saw the car make a total of ten pit stops during the event, as well as having driver Liz Halliday sidelined and out of the car during the race, leaving Garcia and Fittipaldi to take on the tight and twisty 4km circuit. In the race Fittipaldi was also knocked into a spin by another car, further losing time.
"We fought hard and the guys in the team worked hard today, " said Team Principal Graham Schultz. "We had an alternator failure and two punctures, but we fought on and we crossed the line. Christian was very quickly on the pace, and Antonio was blisteringly quick in the car near the end. It was not a disaster, just a bad day and an eventful race.
"We are now looking forward to Le Mans, and I think Christian understands what European endurance racing is all about. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and we have marked this one up to the column of bad luck. Liz suffered from two or three old injuries and has to go and get treatment and physio. Today, we crossed the line, and scored points."
"Everyone had a lot of tyre problems today, especially the Corvette and the other Aston Martins, and we were already half a stint in front of them," explained Garcia. "We could have gone to the end with one stop less so even if they were in front of us, they would have to pit half an hour from the end so I think that we could have been third.
"Everything was OK, constant, and we could go to the end doing good times, but from the second or third stint we could see that the battery was draining. We tried everything and we have a spare battery in the car, but that was going down too. Up to that point everything was looking good, but we had to work hard to get to the end. We keep learning and for Le Mans, for sure, this will not happen."