Devon Modell will be looking to place one hand on the HANKOOK 24H Series’ SP3 title this weekend (4-6 September) when the championship bursts back into life following an eight-week break at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Since recording a fourth consecutive 24H Series podium last time out at Circuit Paul Ricard to pull further away in the race for the SP3 class title, the Maidstone, Kent driver has added another significant top three finish to his quickly expanding endurance racing repertoire, finishing on the winners’ rostrum in the 67th edition of the highly-demanding Total 24 Hours of Spa.
After 527 laps of intense racing and 23 pit stops in the Ardennes forest, Modell and his teammates greeted the chequered flag as the top non-factory team in seventh position overall and third in class to give his Blancpain Endurance Series campaign a much needed boost.
However, his focus now turns back to the 24H Series and this weekend’s twice-around-the-clock endurance race in Barcelona.
Modell, who has become a dab hand at night driving, is feeling refreshed and is ready to once again showcase his talents that have earned him a spot on the Aston Martin Racing Evolution Academy scheme.
With long straights and a variety of corners – including Turn 3, which requires patience and feathering of the throttle – Circuit de Catalunya will likely accentuate the strengths of the Speedworks Motorsport-prepared Aston Martin V8 Vantage, which is highly-regarded as the best all-rounder on the grid.
“I’m not a fan of August, as there is no racing,” said Modell. “I’ve been working flat out since my last race meeting, although I did manage to fit in a holiday. I am looking forward to getting back in a racecar! This season a lot of the tracks I’ve visited have been new to me, and this weekend is no different. I’ve never raced at Circuit de Catalunya before, so I go there Friday morning and head straight into free practice, where we’ll learn the track and set the car up.
“We feel we have a good base set-up now on the Aston Martin, so it will be a case of just fettling the setup to best suit the circuit. We saw at Paul Ricard that the car is not unbreakable, but it has been faultless all year and is a great all-rounder, so hopefully we can continue our podium run.”
Modell added: “Mathematically we can round up the title this weekend, but I try not to think about that, as it’s a 24-hour race and anything could happen. I can see it going to the final round in the Czech Republic, which would be a great place to celebrate the championship, as I hear it’s a good night out there!”
Qualifying for the HANKOOK 24H Series 24H Barcelona will get underway at 19.00 local time on Friday (4 September), with the headlining race scheduled to start the following day (5 September) at 12.00.