Devon Modell will cross the English Channel to race an Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3 into the night in the Blancpain Endurance Series’ six-hour enduro at France’s Circuit Paul Ricard (19-20 June).
Modell opened his 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series account with an unsatisfactory result at Italy’s ‘Temple of Speed’, Monza, and the Kent racer, along with teammates Alasdair McCaig and Oliver Bryant, then struggled with traffic on home soil to leave Silverstone with a 13th-place result in the Pro AM category.
Now heading into its third instalment, the Blancpain Endurance Series returns to the Circuit Paul Ricard, where Modell will be hoping to kick-start his season following a highly successful pre-season test at the French circuit.
This weekend’s event will be a change from the regular schedule and will feature a six-hour endurance race as opposed to the standard three hours.
Starting late in the afternoon, the race will stretch into the night to thoroughly test the drivers’ awareness, and Modell feels he is prepared for the challenge, having contested two 24-hour endurance events so far this season.
“I have only been to Circuit Paul Ricard once and that was for official pre-season testing, but I am looking forward to this weekend driving in the night,” said Modell. “It’s completely different driving in the night, as you rely more on your instincts and are always looking in the mirrors, but, having driven during under those conditions several times already this season in Britcar and the 24H Series, I really enjoy it. With no hills or reference points at Paul Ricard, it will be difficult to maintain the pace as darkness falls, but it’s a very forgiving circuit with its long tarmac runoffs.
“My teammates are experienced in night driving too, having finished on the podium in last year’s Spa 24 Hours, so we have a slight edge over some of the other teams on the grid. Since official pre-season testing in March, we have a much lighter car, which should bode well. We are quick through the first sector, but lose nearly a second to the Nissan and Ferraris in the second sector due to the long straight, but, overall, we should have good pace to hopefully compete at the sharp end.”
Qualifying for Round 3 of the Blancpain Endurance Series is scheduled to get underway at 08.05 GMT on Saturday (20 June), with the headlining three-hour endurance race later that day at 15.00 GMT.