Fresh from a first win of the season at Monza, Team Modena has announced its driver line-up for the 2008 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

With regular driver Antonio Garcia having been called up by the factory Aston Martin Racing team for the event and Tomas Enge set to race the new LMP1 Lola-Aston Martin of the Charouz Racing Systems team, Team Modena will bring in three drivers for the Le Mans 24 Hours - although two of those have past experience with the team at La Sarthe.

Jos Menten and Christian Fittipaldi will both return having taken part in the race at the wheel of the Modena Aston Martin DBR9 last year, while the driver line-up will be completed by the experienced figure of Terry Borcheller, who is racing the Bell Motorsports Aston in the ALMS this season and has raced at Le Mans four times in the past.

"I think we have a fantastic driver line up for Le Mans," team principal Graham Schultz said. "We are excited to have Terry Borcheller join us for the race and know him from our links with the Bell Motorsport Aston Martin in the US. He knows Christian and they will work well together, and Jos simply slotted in with us last year and did a great job. We have a good squad and are confident about our chances."

Sporting director Rik Bryan was equally pleased with the line-up assembled.

"I think that we have put together a very strong driver line-up for this year, and for the first time at Le Mans we are taking three drivers who all have previous Le Mans experience - the event deserves that respect!" he said. "It's great to re-unite Christian and Jos who did such a fantastic job for us last year, despite luck not being on our side! And we are very grateful to Acura and Andretti-Green Racing for letting us 'borrow' Christian!

"Terry is a great addition to Christian and Jos for this year, with his considerable experience at Le Mans and with the Bell Motorsports Aston Martin DBR9 in the ALMS. I think that they will all work very well together, and we are looking to improve on the fourth in GT1 and ninth overall result from 2006. I would also like to take this opportunity to pass on my best wishes to Antonio Garcia, who is on loan to Aston Martin Racing for this year's Le Mans."

Fittipaldi took part in four Le Mans Series races last year as well as Le Mans itself in the Aston Martin and he said he was looking forward to returning this time around, with his ALMS Acura team not competing in the race.

"I'm very happy in being able to go back to Le Mans with Team Modena," he said. "Our car was very competitive last year until we hit problems. It's the team's third time in the famous race and hopefully that experience will help.

"I have driven with Terry in America and with Jos last year, both have Le Mans experience and are very quick - that will for sure play a major role in the outcome of the race. Competition is going to be hard, but I'm excited and looking forward to it."

Menten meanwhile said he was also looking forward to the race, while for Borcheller, the June classic will be his first time in an Aston Martin at La Sarthe.

"It will be my first time at Le Mans in an Aston Martin," he said, "and the first time not racing for an American team. I have been there three times in a GT1 car so I know the competition will be tough, we are up against some of the best sportscar teams in the world, but it will be fun to challenge them as a privateer team.

"I have raced with Christian before though I have never met Jos, but I am pleased to be involved and it is great just to be asked to join the team for the race."

 

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