Team Modena will hope to make a winning start to the new Le Mans Series season when the 2008 campaign kicks off this weekend in Barcelona.

The team heads into the new season with a strong driver line-up in its Aston Martin DBR9, with Modena regular Antonio Garcia being joined at the wheel by Tomas Enge.

The car has been brought up to full factory-specification for the season ahead, and team principal Graham Schultz said he was hopeful of a strong start to the year.

"We have done a lot of work to bring the car up to the latest specification," he said. "We have the latest engine, new air conditioning, and have even made some changes to the livery of the car. Over the winter we had the time to carry out a lot of the changes we have wanted to make, and now it is in the latest Aston Martin Racing format. We probably have the best driver line-up in GT1, and it should be good for us in Barcelona."

Sporting director Rik Bryan added that he expected a tough challenge for the team from the likes of Larbre Competition and Luc Alphand Aventures but said he believed the line-up in place was good enough to get the job done.

"We can't wait to start the LMS season," he said. "Our driver line-up is really strong and we have the car now in the very latest specification, so it could be a good season for us. As ever in the LMS the opposition will be tough, there are good cars out there with strong competitive drivers, but we will be competitive and on the pace."



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