Team Modena’s new Ferrari 430 GT is one of 55-cars on the invitation list for the 2009 Le Mans 24-Hour race issued by race organisers the ACO today. Having competed in the previous three 24-Hour races at the classic French venue in the LM GT1 class with their Aston Martin DBR9, this season will be the first time the team will have contested the LM GT2 class.
“We are pleased to be invited,” said Team Modena Principal Graham Schultz, “and once again we will be heading to Le Mans aiming to do our very best, particularly as it is our first visit with the Ferrari. We have some strong partners with us in Ferrari and Michelin, and we will be in good shape for the race.”
In 2006 Team Modena finished ninth overall in the Le Mans 24-Hours, and in their three races have never failed to bring their car to the finish of the testing event. The driver line-up for the race will be confirmed nearer the event.
The ACO received 82-entries for the coveted invitations to the race, and Team Modena will be one of 14-entries in the LM GT2 category, up against strong opposition with the Ferrari the car of choice in the category. The ACO have also issued the timetable for the meeting with track action starting on Wednesday June 10th with two free practice sessions before Thursday’s two sessions which will be the only ones to count for qualifying. Race start will be at 3pm local time on Saturday June 13th.