Having already secured the HANKOOK 24H Series Teams’ title for Speedworks Motorsport, Aston Martin Racing Evolution Academy recruit, Devon Modell, is hoping to add the Drivers’ crown to his résumé in the 12H Epilog Brno (9-10 October).
The Czech Republic hosts the sixth and final round of this year’s enthralling 24H Series and Kent-born racer Modell, who is yet to turn a wheel in anger on the Automotodrom Brno, will be looking to celebrate a highly lucrative season for him and his Speedworks Motorsport team come Saturday evening.
Fast-flowing corners are mixed with the undulations of the rolling hillsides and the Automotordrom Brno subsequently requires a certain rhythm to extract the most from the car and achieve the optimal lap time.
Making a triumphant return to the racetrack in 2013 following a four-year sabbatical while studying at University, Modell has been chosen as one of a select few to represent Aston Martin Racing via its new-for-2015 Evolution Academy and has excelled once again behind the wheel of the famous British marques’ GT4-spec V8 Vantag, after narrowly missing out on the Avon Tyres British GT Championship GT4 title last season in a similar specification machine.
Modell and Speedworks Motorsport opened their 2015 accounts with a podium in Dubai two weeks into the New Year and they have shown dominant form in all five rounds this season to build an unassailable lead in the Teams’ standings and place their towel on the Drivers’ title.
The 12H Epilog will run from 12pm on Saturday (10 October) until midnight, therefore Modell and his teammates will drive through the midday sun and into the night – something which the Kent-born racer excels at – and, with Prague known for its vibrant night life, Modell will be hoping to be celebrating a perfect ending to what has been an incredible season in the Czech capital.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend and hopefully wrapping up the Drivers’ title for myself and the Speedworks Motorsport team,” said Modell. “It has been a great season and it’s one I will remember. It has been a pleasure to race alongside some great teammates and for such a professional team and I would like to reward all their hard effort throughout the season with the Drivers’ crown to go with the Teams’ title we secured in Spain last month.
“With any endurance race this season in the 24H Series, anything could happen, so you have to bide your time when overtaking. Brno will be a new circuit for me, so I am hoping to get as much track time on Friday during free practice to get myself and the car dialled in. It looks like a brilliant circuit with its flowing corners and undulations, so the Aston Martin should do well here.”
Qualifying for the HANKOOK 24H Series season finale at the Autodrom Brno is scheduled to take place at 15.45 on Friday (9 October), with the headlining 12-hour endurance race getting underway the following day (Sunday 10 October) at 12.00.