The 2016 Blancpain Endurance Series draws to a close at the world-famous Nurburgring this weekend (17-18 September) and the priority for British racer Devon Modell is to secure third in the Pro Am points for his Oman Racing Team.
A second place result at home at Silverstone raised the bar for the remaining rounds of the Blancpain Endurance Series, but the Motorbase Performance-run Oman Racing Team’s pursuit of podiums in the Circuit Paul Ricard 1000km and the blue riband Spa 24 Hours came to nothing.
Unforeseen mechanical issues were responsible for taking Modell and teammates Ahmad Al Harthy and Jonny Adam out of the running on both occasions, but the Oman Racing trio remain third in the Endurance Cup Pro Am Drivers’ standings with one race remaining at the Nurburgring.
For Modell, the first aim is to consolidate on that third position by finishing ahead of the Black Falcon Mercedes=Benz AMG GTs, but winning at the legendary German racetrack is also on the Kent-domiciled driver’s agenda.
“The most important thing will be to have a clean run at the Nurburgring, but we’ve had podium potential in the most recent rounds at Circuit Paul Ricard and Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and it would be fantastic to end the year on a high, on the top step of the podium,” said Modell. “I feel we deserve some good fortune and it’s a realistic expectation, although we have to really focus on finishing third in the championship first and foremost.
“As always, there are a lot of variables and, much like Spa, the weather and start can have a huge impact; conditions are very changeable in the Eifel Mountains – this is my third year of racing in the Blancpain finale at ‘The Ring’ and I’ve seen it all, including hail – and the downhill braking zone into the tight first corner is always interesting, but we have to stay focused and avoid doing anything rash. Ultimately, we’re going with the intention of winning.”