With the circuit already beginning to fill with what will be an anticipated 300,000 spectators, the 45-minute Saturday morning warm-up was the final chance to see the cars on the track before the big race, and Team Modena was setting the LM GT1 class pace for the first part of the session.
Jos Menten was aboard the car and was quickest in class for almost half the session ï¿½ ending up fifth in the times with the car back in the garage prior to the session end, job done.
ï¿½It was a very good warm-up,ï¿½ said Team Principal Graham Schultz. ï¿½We had a long conversation with all three drivers last night and everybody is happy. We have made a couple of new tweaks to the car, and are very comfortable with it, it is nice to bring some of the teamï¿½s expertise and technical innovation into play.
ï¿½In a 24-Hour race anything can happen but we are in good shape and as I say it is all down to preparation. We have had a few surprises this week, but each time the guys have handled it well.ï¿½
The warm-up lets the teams give the cars a final opportunity to run the cars in race trim, with race engines and gearboxes etc now fitted. The team have made some aerodynamic changes to the car off their own design, and the drivers were positive in their feedback on the innovations.
ï¿½The car was very good with the race engine in it,ï¿½ said Jos. ï¿½We have a good package for the race. It felt a good car to race for 24-hours and I am really happy with how the car is running.ï¿½
The tension will now build towards race start, with the traditional on-grid rituals, including the visit of the famous Hawaiian Tropic girls to the teamï¿½s Aston Martin on the grid for a photo-opportunity, where the first of our competition winners have their chance to visit the team and have their picture taken with the girls.Click here for the Official Team Modena web site - designed and built by Racecar