Total 24 Hours of Spa podium finisher Devon Modell will be seeking to conclude his 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series campaign on a high in the season-ending iRacing.com GT500 three-hour enduro at the Nürburgring (19-20 September).
Fresh from helping propel Speedworks Motorsport to the HANKOOK 24H Series’ Teams’ title in Barcelona, Modell’s focus is now switched to this weekend’s Blancpain Endurance Series event at Germany’s iconic and demanding Nürburgring.
Modell and his Ecurie Ecosse team’s position in the standings is not been wholly representative of their speed and it was only in this season’s 24 Hours of Spa that they showed their true form by battling the elements to stand on the podium after 527 laps of intense racing and 23 pit stops.
Modell returns to the Nürburgring for the first time since his maiden visit to Germany’s Eifel Mountains for the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series finale, in which he further cemented his endurance racing credentials with a class podium.
Predictably, the Maidstone driver will be looking to replicate or even better that result this time around, saying: “The podium at Spa-Francorchamps has left the team and I in a rather buoyant mood, so hopefully we can continue that run of success in Germany. The same car we raced in Blancpain is also raced in British GT, where it had an incident that resulted in some front-end damage, but the team did an amazing job in repairing it and getting it over to the Nürburgring, so hopefully we can reward their hard effort with a podium this weekend. If I can replicate the same success I had there last year I will be over the moon.
“The Nürburgring isn’t a high-speed circuit, so it should play to the BMW’s strengths. It will almost be as unpredictable as Spa in terms of the weather, but I really enjoy driving in the wet conditions, as it’s unpredictable and places the emphasis on a driver’s instincts. This will also be the first time this year I’ve been to a circuit that I’ve raced at previously in a GT3 car.”
Qualifying for the Blancpain Endurance Series iRacing.com GT500 is scheduled to get underway at 08.30 local time on Sunday (20 September), with the headlining three-hour endurance race later that same day at 14.45.