Points win prizes, and that’s why Maidstone racing driver and businessman, Devon Modell, is targeting a top ten finish as he gets set to commence the 2016 Blancpain Endurance Series at Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy this weekend (23-24 April).
Modell – the reigning 24H Series SP3 Drivers’ Champion – has signed to race alongside Jonny Adam and Ahmad Al Harthy in a Motorbase Performance-prepared Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in the flourishing Blancpain Endurance Series.
The Aston Martin Evolution Academy recruit made good use of five days of testing at Autodromo do Algarve, Circuit Paul Ricard in France and Silverstone to get on terms with his teammates in preparation for the highly anticipated Blancpain curtain-raiser at Italy’s ‘Temple of Speed’, Monza.
The series has attracted a bumper 60-car field, consisting of skilled driver combinations and a wide variety of cars, including new machines from Mercedes-Benz and Lamborghini.
Question marks over teams’ relative pace and countless other variables are sure to make for a splendidly unpredictable season, and Modell subsequently flies off to Italy with relatively modest hopes and expectations.
“I really cannot wait to get away to Monza, not only because it feels like a long time coming, but because it will give me a bit of light relief from my hectic business schedule,” said Modell. “It really does feel like we’ve had to wait a long time for the start of the 2016 Blancpain Endurance Series, as practically every other championship has already begun.
“Nevertheless, I have done some testing with Motorbase Performance in Portugal, at Silverstone and the official Media Days at Circuit Paul Ricard, and the Aston Martin feels very strong. A lot of teams will have kept their cards close to their chests and we don’t have much to compare our pace to as the only Aston Martin entered in the championship this year. There is variety with the cars and driver line-ups and I think we simply need to stay out of trouble, particularly at Variante Alta and Curva Grande on the opening lap, and bag as many points as possible, before setting our long term ambitions.”