Sportscarglobal.com columnist Devon Modell has been selected for the exclusive 2015 Aston Martin Racing (AMR) Evolution Academy squad, which was unveiled on Monday 30 March at the prestige manufacturer’s state-of-the-art headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
Aston Martin Racing’s new-for-2015 Evolution Academy programme is the manufacturer’s training ground for the future talent aged between 16 and 25 in GT racing.
The ten ‘up-and-coming’ drivers, who will race in four of the world’s top national and international GT championships behind the wheel of the manufacturer’s Vantage GT4s and GT3s, have been selected by a panel of judges at Aston Martin Racing because they have shown the professionalism and dedication required to be successful.
Modell, who is competing in the Hankook 24H Series behind the wheel of a Speedworks Motorsport-run Vantage GT4 alongside his commitments in the Blancpain Endurance Series with Ecurie Ecosse, will be given access to the Aston Martin Racing works team drivers and engineers, as well as support from its fitness and nutritional experts.
Alongside with his tour of the Gaydon factory where models such as the V12 Vantage S are built, Modell’s fitness was put through the paces by the Driver Performance by Prodive team, who checked everything from lung capacity through to core balance.
At the end of the season, the driver who has shown the most promise both on-and-off the track will be offered an Aston Martin Racing works team contract.
“We are extremely pleased with the line-up of the inaugural Evolution Academy,” said Aston Martin Racing’s Team Principal John Gaw. “There’s no doubt we have ten very talented participants, but the question is, who will prove to us that they have what it takes to be an Aston Martin Racing works driver?”
Delighted to have been selected for the programme, Modell said, “It’s a huge confidence boost and privilege to be selected for the programme, and, with all the invaluable support they provide you, it is certainly going to help further my career. Competing in the 24H Series, the tracks are new to me, so being able to contact factory drivers, such as Darren Turner, for advice on the circuits and how to get not only the best out of myself, but the car, will help a great deal.
“Wearing the Aston Martin branded overalls with the badge feels very special and will serve to inspire to push myself further, while also inspiring the team back in the garage. I have also been invited to attend a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) event, where I’ll be able to chat with engineers, drivers and sit in on meetings, which will be a great insight and will teach me a great amount that I can take away and implement into my driving.”