Young Kent-based driver Devon Modell will head ‘down under’ to tackle the undulations of Australia’s spectacular Mount Panorama circuit as part of Rotek Racing’s 2015 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour attack (6-8 February).
Rotek Racing will field a sole Class B Porsche 997 GT3 Cup for Tim Macrow, Peter Rullo and Modell, who opened his 2015 account with a podium finish in the ninth-annual Dubai 24 Hour behind the wheel of a Speedworks Motorsport-run Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4. The Nürburgring-based team claimed a Class B pole position at last year’s event and was on course for a class victory, before mechanical issues brought its race to a premature end.
Having also claimed a top three finish on his Blancpain Endurance Series debut in the latter half of 2014, Modell has shown an innate ability to adapt to unfamiliar tracks and race cars, although the Modell refuses to underestimate ‘The Mountain’ he will have to climb on his Bathurst debut.
“It’s one of those iconic races that you have do and tick off your racing bucket list, but I’m going into it very open minded,” said Modell. “As it’s one of the big races on the calendar, I am hoping to gain a lot of experience and broaden my CV, and if I do well, a team may approach me next season looking for an experienced driver.
“As it’s a new track and car, the best way to learn is to ask those who are experienced in both. There is nothing better than taking tips from someone with experience and knowledge. As for the time difference, your body clock is all over the place, and, as it’s an endurance race, you have to focus on the job at hand and get on with it. Obviously I’d like to come away with a win, but I’ll still be more than happy with a podium. It will also be nice to escape this cold weather snap and return with a tan.”
At 6.21km in length, and rising 174 metres at its peak, Mount Panorama is a unique and merciless motorsport venue in the heart of New South Wales, Australia. It comprises several world renown challenging corners, including The Dipper – a steep, sharp left-hander – and Forrest’s Elbow, which leads onto the 1.91km-long Conrod Straight.