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Team Modena and team48 link up

Team Modena will enter two Lamborghini Gallardos in association with team48 in the 2009 Avon Tyres British GT Championship as part of a long-term link-up, it has been announced.

Founded by ex-England international footballer Luther Blissett, team48 will supply the drivers for the British GT campaign, including Luther himself and fellow ex-international Les Ferdinand, the first stage of a three-year plan with the ultimate goal of running a car for team48 at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

"We have been talking to team48 for some months now," said Team Modena principal Graham Schultz, "and we are now very much looking forward to working with them.

"This is a long-term project, with a three-year plan to work with team48 to achieve their target of running a car at Le Mans.

"With our Le Mans experience we can help make that happen, and their goals fit in nicely with what we do as a company."

Luther, who's aim in forming team48 was to bring together the first multi-racial group of drivers to competitively compete in sports cars and GT racing on a national and international stage, believes the alliance is a good decision.

"I'm really looking forward to it. We have been talking for a few months now and this just feels absolutely right to me," he continued.

"For an up and coming team like us to get the opportunity to work with a squad like Team Modena is just a no-brainer, to be involved with a team that will push us and inspire us on to do even more is just something that we have to do.

"Le Mans sometime in the next few years would be fantastic, we are not expecting to be jumping in cars and instantly winning, we have to build up and get experience and are anticipating a two or three year programme at least.

"The drivers will be headed by Calum Lockie, his main job is to whip us all into shape, then myself, Les Ferdinand, Kevin Haggarthy, Darelle Wilson and Matthew Gore - from that pool of drivers we will come up with the four to do the GT races."

For the record, the name - 'team48', is a homage to 1948, the year that brought about the first significant wave of Caribbean migrants to the UK.

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Team Modena will link up with team48 in 2009 [Pic credit: John Brooks]

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