Following his Blancpain GT Series Asia debut in Buriram Thailand, Devon Modell reunites with Craft-Bamboo Racing and his Porsche 911 GT3 R at the iconic Suzuka Circuit in Japan the scene of some legendary F1 races in recent history.
The Japanese track an hour from the city of Nagoya features some incredibly challenging corners such as Spoon Curve and 130R and this will mean that Modell will again be in at the deep end having to learn a new track without the benefit of testing on a race weekend.
Whilst not ideal, this is the same situation as at the Buriram round in Thailand and this does not phase Modell as he is confident he will rise to the challenge.
This time out Modell will share the car with Australian Nick Foster, a 24-year-old Champion in Porsche Carrera Cup who comes to Suzuka fresh from competing in the Le Mans 24 hours and together should make a formidable partnership.
Modell brings additional support from The Gallery, a Maidstone nightclub that previously supported Devon in his early racing career in Renault Clio’s In the UK.
Speaking to Japanese TV on his arrival in Tokyo Modell expressed his excitement on racing on the Suzuka track.
“Suzuka is a track that is on every racing drivers ‘must do’ list and I am really looking forward to driving it,” Modell said. “I think that I will make a step forward from Thailand (the last round of the Blancpain Asia Series) as at least I am familiar with the team and the car so its just the circuit to learn.
“Having Nick racing as my teammate should be a good thing, he has a lot of Porsche experience to bring and I hope to feed off of that knowledge to put us in the mix for a good result.”
Modell will get his first taste of Suzuka on Friday 23rd June with qualifying and the weekend’s first race following on the 24th and Sunday concluding the meeting with race two.
Those wishing to follow Modell’s progress can watch all sessions and races via the live stream on the Blancpain GT Series website and App as well as on Motorsport TV.