Team Modena Looking Strong After Two of 24-Hours With two hours complete in the 2007 Le Mans 24-Hour race the Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9 is well placed for a strong result as the race unfolds. Some smart strategy decisions from the team as...
Team Modena Looking Strong After Two of 24-Hours
With two hours complete in the 2007 Le Mans 24-Hour race the Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9 is well placed for a strong result as the race unfolds.
Some smart strategy decisions from the team as the race has been punctuated by rain showers and red-flag periods have seen the car running fourth in the LM GT1 class, and just behind the class leaders in the queue behind the Safety Car.
Antonio Garcia took the start in the car, as the 53-car field roared away, and ran with the lead group in the early laps, stopping after 12-laps for fuel, staying on the same set of Michelin slick tyres. A subsequent Safety Car (two Safety Cars are used at Le Mans due to the length of the circuit) period saw Antonio stop again for fuel, the team picking their moment to bring in the Aston Martin to ensure they stayed in a strong track position.
A second lengthy Safety Car period after an incident damaged barriers at Tertre Rouge, gave the team the opportunity to make their first driver change, Antonio handing over to Christian Fittipaldi on lap 24. He rejoined running fourth, but crucially in the same Safety Car queue as the leaders, with half a lap advantage over the rest of the LM GT2 field as the field continues to circulate behind the Safety Car.
"I was with the lead group in the first five laps," said Antonio, "but as soon as we had some rain it got very slippery. Some of the other cars are very quick on the straight, but we can pull them back over the rest of the lap. Conditions are tricky, you can have rain on parts of the circuit and not on others, but we seem good on the tyres and the car is good."
"Some good strategy has seen us right were we want to be," said Sporting Director Rik Bryan at the two-hour mark. "We only took on fuel in our first stops, and the timing of our pit stops has seen us leap-frog people and we are looking strong - but it is still early in the race and there is along way to go."