Devon Modell’s results to date in the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series haven’t reflected his and his Ecurie Ecosse team’s efforts, but the young Kent racer is hopeful of turning a corner in the championship’s headlining Total 24 Hours of Spa (21-26 July).
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – one of the world’s most demanding, yet universally loved racetracks – hosts the longest and toughest race on the Blancpain Endurance Series calendar.
The circuit itself is famed for its high-speed, flowing and undulating layout that encompasses many legendary corners, such as the left-right-left rise at Eau Rouge, the triple-apexed Pouhon and the flat-out Blanchimont, while the annual 24-hour jaunt through Belgium’s Ardennes forest has earned a reputation for being one of the sternest challenges on the international motorsport schedule, famed for high rates of attrition.
For Modell, the 24 Hours of Spa could serve as an opportunity to notch up the sort of representative result that has so far eluded him and his Ecurie Ecosse teammates, Alasdair McCaig and Oliver Bryant, in the Blancpain Endurance Series.
The 24-year old from Maidstone is proving to be a dab hand at endurance races with a particular flair for driving during the night and is now affectionately known as ‘The Dark Knight’.
He has been a regular feature on the podium in the HANKOOK 24H Series and, buoyed by his team’s performance in the Blancpain Endurance Series’ official test day, feels the 2015 edition of the Spa 24 Hours could yield some strong points.
“The Total 24 Hours of Spa will be the fourth twice-around-the-clock endurance race I’ve contested this year and I’ve done rather well by reaching the podium in each of them so far, so I hope to continue that trend in Belgium,” said Modell. “Unlike last time at Paul Ricard, we shouldn’t have any mechanical issues and I think the BMW Z4 GT3 should be quite an effective weapon, as the Marc VDS car showed well in testing.
“We will play with the setup to make the car more driveable and ensure it is suited to all conditions, day or night. It’s a 24-hour race and not a sprint, so you need to hedge your bets when setting up the car and that’s particularly true of Spa, where the weather can change instantly. I’ve raced in all conditions this season so I’m confident in my ability. This will be a great race just for the fact that Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is such a brilliant track to drive. It’s universally loved for its high-speed, flowing nature and for being such a massive challenge. It’s always a pleasure to race here!”