Lamborghini Test Proves the Pace - October 24th, 2007

Lamborghini Test Proves the Pace - October 24th, 2007

On Tuesday 23rd October Ben attended an exclusive test with Team Modena at Snetterton in Norfolk. The team had invited 6 drivers to test their GT3 Lamborghini Gallardo as they start to put together their 2 car team for the 2008 British GT Championship.  After the car had shown clear pace throughout the 2007 season Ben was intrigued to see what the car could do and arrived at Snetterton on a perfectly clear and crisp day.

Modena’s 2007 Pro driver, Adam Jones, was on hand to help the drivers testing the car with set up and talk them through the various elements of the car that they would need to know for their 12 lap run. As Adam was already familiar with the car he did several installation laps to ensure all was fine with the car and also to set a benchmark time that the 6 incoming drivers could gage themselves against.

Ben was 4th in the car and very quickly got to grips with the way it handled impressing the team with a time only 0.6seconds slower than that which Adam Jones had done and only 0.2seconds of the circuit lap record of 1:10.2.

“The car is fantastic” said Ben afterwards, ”it is very easy to get straight in to find a rhythm. I think that the mid-engine layout suits my driving style and although I set a reasonable time after just 12 laps there is still plenty to come.”

The team had planned to give Ben a second run in the afternoon but a minor technical problem with the car after lunch prevented this happening.

Ben is still looking at his options for the 2008 season but plans at the moment point towards a return to the British GT Championship with 2007 team mate Guy Harrington. “Having been so close to winning the championship in my rookie season it would be silly not to give it another shot next year. Guy and I have unfinished business there and with what we have learnt this year we have an even better chance in 2008,” said Ben after the test with Modena at Snetterton.

Ben still has sponsorship opportunities available for 2008 so if you want to be part of a winning team please contact him at ben@dezillebutlerracing.com

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