Dijon: Balfe Motorsport preview

BALFE TEAM HEADS TO DIJON FOR NEXT ROUND The Balfe Motorsport Team will go to the French circuit of Dijon-Prenois next weekend for the latest round of the FIA GT Championship with hopes to finally get onto terms with the rest of GT1 class ...

BALFE TEAM HEADS TO DIJON FOR NEXT ROUND

The Balfe Motorsport Team will go to the French circuit of Dijon-Prenois next weekend for the latest round of the FIA GT Championship with hopes to finally get onto terms with the rest of GT1 class field.

The Newark Glass Group backed squad struggled at the previous round at Paul Ricard two weeks ago, where a mechanical problem meant that Shaun Balfe and Nigel Taylor got hardly any track time before the race got underway on Sunday afternoon.

A regrouped team is hoping that it will have more luck at the track where its 2006 FIA GT campaign began, at the pre-season test back in April.

"We definitely had a problematic weekend at Paul Ricard," said Shaun Balfe. "We had high hopes of finally mixing it with the front-runners there, but we had a problem during the very first free-practice session and we were unable to get to the bottom of it properly until qualifying. It meant that I only got nine laps and Nigel didn't even manage a full flying lap. It definitely put us onto the back foot for the race," he added.

A solid start in the race allowed Balfe to keep one of the Maserati's at bay and run in a strong eighth place before he handed over to Taylor. With no track time it was a baptism of fire for him, but he continually brought his lap times down throughout his stint, before more bad luck left the team sidelined.

"We had some sensors go off in the car as Nigel was right at the end of his time in the car and as he came in to hand over the guys took a look at the data and it was decided that we couldn't continue," said Balfe.

"It was certainly frustrating for all of the team as the guys had been working so hard on upgrades to the car to try and get us onto the pace and we just weren't able to have a decent crack at getting it where we wanted it," he added.

The next round at Dijon will return Balfe to the track where the 2006 season kicked off in earnest earlier in the year.

"We're quite lucky this weekend in that Nigel has been to Dijon to race before, so he has recent knowledge of the track. But he will still need time in the car to get used to it. When we came here in April we actually had our first problem of the season when we had a gearbox component break. We'd had no problems up until that point with our pre-season testing. We're hoping that it won't happen again, obviously!

"The whole team will definitely be heading out with the hope of having a trouble free weekend so that we can finally see where we stand," he added.

-credit: balfe motorsport

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Nigel Taylor