Team Modena endured a disappointing start to the new Le Mans Series season at Catalunya after Tomas Enge and Antonio Garcia were forced out of the first race of the year in Spain.

The pair had been among the pacesetters in the GT1 class throughout the weekend at the wheel of the Aston Martin DBR9, with Garcia posting the quickest time in qualifying ahead of his home race.

"It is really close," he said after qualifying. "We know the track, it is very aggressive on the tyres and knew the first lap would be the fastest lap. This is a good starting point for the season because we know that we have a good car for the race too."

In the early laps of the race Garcia led the class and was the quickest GT1 car on the circuit, with the team recovering from an early delay to close in the class leader and be second at the halfway point in the six-hour race.

A strong result looked like being in the bag until the car suddenly stopped on track, with sporting director Rik Bryan admitting the team wasn't sure what caused the DBR9 to grind to a halt.

"There was at least 3.5 litres of fuel left in the car," he said, "we just don't know why we couldn't get it to the engine. That was enough for at least another lap, and I think we will only know for sure what the problem is once we get the car back into the workshop.

"It was very frustrating, if we had no problems then we could have fought for the GT1 win, the Corvette was very quick but we were going well early in the race."

 

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