Team Modena secured a third place finish in the GT1 class of the Le Mans Series at Spa but was left to reflect on what might have been after an electrical issue early in the race hit the chances of Tomas Enge and Antonio Garcia.

Spaniard Garcia started the race at the wheel of the Aston Martin DBR9 and battled to the front of the GT1 pack in the early stages before pitting to make his first stop of the race. However, telemetry on the car told the team that the battery was failing on the car and with the team forced to take the car into the garage, Enge rejoined down in fifth place.

A series of quick laps allowed him to climb back up the order and by the end of his stint, the Czech ace was running in third place. Unfortunately, the chance to pull back a lap with a well-timed pit-stop disappeared when the car was held in pitlane as the Safety Car came past the pits and another Safety Car period late in the race prevented him from challenging for second in class, with Enge instead nursing the car to the finish as it developed a slight engine issue in the closing stages.

"That was a messy race," sporting director Rik Bryan said, "but we could have predicted that after all the red flags in the practice sessions over the weekend. Lots of cars went off, and we were unfortunate to lose the alternator belt early on, and it was catch-up from then on.

"The Safety Car only worked in our favour on one occasion, more than once it came out just as we had been passed by the overall race leader so we couldn't gain any track position. We were the fastest car for most of the race, but then under the final Safety Car it became clear we had an engine problem and from then on were nursing the car home.

"We went from being disappointed to take third, to being relieved to finish the race."

 

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