Ecurie Ecosse pilot and SportscarGlobal columnist Devon Modell heads to Italy’s ‘Temple of Speed’, Monza this weekend for the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance series.
Partnering Alasdair McCaig and Olly Bryant, Devon tested with the Ecurie Ecosse team earlier in the year at Monza and Paul Ricard and he is ready to handle the transition from GT4 machinery to GT3 and go on to maintain his 100 per cent podium finishing record in 2015.
At just 24-years old, Modell is still at the tip of his career, but he is no newcomer to premier level endurance racing, having contested the 2014 Blancpain season finale at the iconic Nürburgring, where he overcame monsoon conditions to record a second in class finish in a Black Falcon Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend,” Devon told us. “It’s obviously a big step-up from my time in the Avon Tyres British GT championship and Renault UK Clio Cup, but I am interested to see how we get on at Monza. We know the car won’t suit the track as much as our other competitors, but the BMW Z4 is a very strong package and is quicker through the tight and twisty corners.
“While testing at Paul Ricard for the Official Media Day, we ran a near-race run in the afternoon, and, for the first time against our rivals, we were able to pick up a lot of useful data. Coupled with what we learnt at the test in Monza, we should do well, but you don’t know where you stand until the weekend arrives.”
Located north of Milan, Monza is a fast circuit where drivers will spend the majority of the lap on full throttle. Its unique, high-speed configuration encompasses a number of long straights that are punctuated by chicanes, including the Variante Ascari and Rettifilo.
Look out for Devon’s round-up of his weekend here on SportscarGlobal in Devon’s Digest blog.