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Modena pleased with Ricard showing

Team Modena has declared itself happy with the performance shown during last week's Le Mans Series group test at Paul Ricard, where the British outfit went up against its 2009 rivals for the first time.

Antonio Garcia and Leo Mansell both spent time at the wheel of the Ferrari 430 which the team will campaign this season after electing to switch to the GT2 class for the year ahead, having previously run an Aston Martin DBR9 in the GT1 class.

The team ran through a structured test programme during the two days of running and posted the seventh quickest time in class, with team principal Graham Schultz happy with the performance shown.

“We ran in full 2009 specification, which not everyone was doing, and we were quick in all four sessions,” he said. “Antonio was right on the pace and Leo was getting quicker at a very technical circuit he had never visited before - both drivers did a very good job.

“We achieved all the goals we had set ourselves and were able to try a few things out and make some changes on the car. It was a good professional test for us.”

Team manager Hans Muelhbauer was also happy with how the test had gone ahead of the season opener in Barcelona next month.

“We had on the 2009 aero, restrictor and ride height and did over 1,100km of running with no problems,” he said. “We tried some different things on the brakes and with the aero, but all our time was focussed on getting the car right for Barcelona, we did not try soft tyres, and we are very happy with the test.”


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