Devon Modell knows how to achieve a podium finish in the Total 24 Hours of Spa and the British racer is primed for another attack on the twice-around-the-clock endurance race at Belgium’s fabled Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (28-31 July).
Modell scaled the Pro Am winners’ rostrum in the 2015 edition of the Spa 24 Hours, therefore the Kent racer fully appreciates the scale of the challenge that awaits him and his Oman Racing teammates, Ahmad Al Harthy, Jonny Adam and Darren Turner.
“The Total 24 Hours of Spa is a race that everybody looks forward to and it is a highlight of the motorsport calendar that you build up to as a team throughout the year,” said Modell. “This race can make or break your championship hopes, but Spa is a circuit that everyone loves because it has everything – fast and slow corners, and flowing sections where it’s easy to ruin your lap if you make a mistake.”
The Spa 24 Hours is the Blancpain Endurance Series’ blue riband event and the fourth round of the 2016 season and it comes after Modell started his campaign with a fourth place at Monza and a podium on home turf at Silverstone.
The Aston Martin Evolution Academy recruit, one quarter of the Oman Racing Team’s line-up, is well-versed in the art of long distance competition and he knows, come rain or shine, that to finish first, first you must finish.
“I did a few 24-hour races in 2015 and I really enjoyed them,” said Modell. “The hardest part of getting to sleep when you should, as you’re buzzing from having just stepped out of the car. Setup is always a compromise between teammates and the conditions, as you need a car that can cope with the changing track and ambient conditions over the course of the race. There’s always a chance of rain at Spa, so we need to keep that in mind
“We don’t have any real expectations, as it’s such a long race and anything can happen. Like everybody else, we’re here to win, but the first aim is always to make it through the first six hours, then to hour 12 and we’ll then see where we are in the morning. It’s only when daylight returns that you know how hard to push to get the result the team has worked so hard to achieve.”
The Total 24 Hours of Spa begins with free practice on Thursday (28 July) and qualifying on Friday (29 July), while the race itself gets underway at 16.30 CET on Saturday (30 July) and more information can be found on the official Blancpain Endurance Series website.