Brno: Balfe Motorsport race report

BALFE TAKES SECOND PLACE AT BRNO The Balfe Motorsport Team took a hard earned second place in the latest round of the FIA GT Championship at Brno in the Czech Republic at the weekend. The result gives the team its third podium finish in...

BALFE TAKES SECOND PLACE AT BRNO

The Balfe Motorsport Team took a hard earned second place in the latest round of the FIA GT Championship at Brno in the Czech Republic at the weekend.

The result gives the team its third podium finish in a row and once again meant it was the closest team to the factory backed Porsches over the course of the three hour race.

The team had a frustrating start to the weekend with a handful of mechanical problems forcing Shaun Balfe to miss the bulk of the free practice sessions at a circuit he had never drive on before.

Despite going into qualifying on the back foot, Balfe was able to set the fourth fastest time in the GT2/G2 category. However, as the second afternoon session started The Mosler MT900R was shown as 'P2' on the screens after one of the works Porsches and another privateer Porsche had their times disallowed. The hot weather meant that second on the grid would be the Balfe teams reward after the troubled start to the weekend.

A great start by Balfe on Sunday afternoon saw him lead the class on the opening lap before dropping to third. Half-way through his first stint the second place Porsche was forced to retire from the race with an over-heating engine, handing the position to the Balfe squad.

Just before handing over to team-mate Jamie Derbyshire the heavens opened and made conditions difficult for the pair. Derbyshire had to drive through the worst of the conditions, including ending his stint on wet tyres on a drying track.

Balfe took over the wheel to bring the car across the line in a superb second place, the teams third podium result in as many races and proving the reliability and pace of the Mosler.

"We are so pleased with that result, especially after the way the weekend started on Friday," said Balfe. "We were still changing the set-up on the car right up to the end of the qualifying sessions. We had a good car today and the guys in the team were spot on at the pit-stops and we were able to pick up the place after the factory Porsche struggled once again," he added.

"We are still a little way off from the outright pace in terms of qualifying. But, we were certainly a lot closer to the guys ahead of us by the time the chequered flag fell today and we will keep pushing forwards throughout the season," he said.

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Shaun Balfe , Jamie Derbyshire