Team Modena Thursday qualifying report

Team Modena Aston Martin ready for Le Mans Securi-plex and Accor Lubrifiants join the team Le Mans, June 16th 2006: The Team Modena Aston Martin driven by David Brabham, Nelson Piquet Jr and Antonio Garcia is set to take on the challenge...

Team Modena Aston Martin ready for Le Mans
Securi-plex and Accor Lubrifiants join the team

Le Mans, June 16th 2006: The Team Modena Aston Martin driven by David Brabham, Nelson Piquet Jr and Antonio Garcia is set to take on the challenge of this weekend's demanding Le Mans 24 Hours event after successfully completing testing and first qualifying. Running under the 'Russian Age Racing' entry, the highly successful Aston Martin DBR9/101 GT1 car underwent extensive preparation for the event prior to official testing 10 days ago. The car successfully completed qualifying in the hands of David Brabham inspite of an engine change which the team decided to carry out as a precaution following a potentially serious water leak.

The Team Modena Aston Martin has attracted sponsorship for this weekend's event from Securi-Plex, based in Leeds, one of the UK's leading suppliers of integrated electronic security and C.C.T.V. systems. The company's expertise encompasses risk and threat analysis, design, service and maintenance, providing nationwide coverage (Please visit www.securi-plex.co.uk for further information). The team has also secured the support of French lubricants company Accor Lubrifiants whose logos join Securi-Plex on the bodywork of the dramatic looking Team Modena car.

Speaking prior to second qualifying, the three drivers were in upbeat form:

David Brabham (Australia): "I think things are going very well considering the enormous effort required to prepare for this event. We are taking things step by step and the guys in the garage have worked really hard on the car with excellent results. This has meant the two drivers are getting more time in the car which is important for anyone racing here for the first time. I am confident we can do a good job this weekend. We are not rushing things and as a result I have a positive feeling at the moment. You cannot take anything for granted at Le Mans, so although we have tough opposition, we also have a good chance of showing well and our aim remains the same -- to win the GT1 category."

Antonio Garcia (Spain): "We have worked very hard to prepare for this event and first qualifying went ok but it was a very difficult situation because of the wet condition of the track. It was my first time on the track which made it even worse and it was really difficult to keep the throttle down. I am feeling quite confident and without taking risks I shall try and be as fast as possible. I shall keep the rhythm and try and keep learning. Being here with David Brabham is a great help for me as he knows the track and I can ask him about anything. He is always willing to help and advise, even with things Nelson and I are not yet expecting."

Nelson Piquet Jr (Brazil): "I am really enjoying being a part of the whole Le Mans experience with Team Modena. I went to the track for the testing day around ten days ago, and I think the circuit is just incredible. It's something very special and different and I like it a lot because it's high speed, which is the type of circuit I enjoy the most. It's great to drive on a fantastic circuit for the first time and I will be concentrating on working closely with the team over the next couple of days to learn more. It was a bit of a shame because we had some problems at the test and I could only do ten laps, so I am making the most of the practice and qualifying sessions ahead of the race on Saturday."

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Antonio Garcia , David Brabham , Nelson Piquet