BALFE TEAM READY FOR WORLD CUP ENCOUNTER IN GERMANY
The Balfe Motorsport team will head to the Oschersleben circuit in Germany next weekend for the latest round of the FIA GT Championship, at the same time that the England football team prepares to do battle in the World Cup quarter finals.
The Newark Glass Group backed squad has struggled with outright pace against the top class opposition in the first two rounds of the international series this year. But, serious testing and development work by the team means that it is hopeful of a better showing on German soil.
"Bring on the German round," said Shaun Balfe. "The whole team has been working incredibly hard since the last race in the Czech Republic and we're hopeful that it means we have narrowed the gap to the front runners on the FIA GT1 grid and that we will be able to fight for points over the three-hour race next Sunday," he added.
The Saleen S7R GT1 car has undergone extensive work over the last four weeks, with two back-to-back days of testing giving the team the chance to make a number of improvements that were scheduled since the opening race at Silverstone, back in May. The tight schedule between Silverstone and Brno meant that some of the changes have only now been implemented.
The team now just has to see how much of an improvement the changes will make, when it hits the tarmac in Germany on Friday afternoon.
"We got through an awful lot of work in the time scale that we've had since the last race. Although, we won't know exactly where we stand compared to the rest of the grid until we take to the track for the opening free practice session on Friday," said Balfe.
"The car certainly felt better during testing and we believe that we've made a significant step forwards, but there is no way of knowing until we're out there against everyone else. It would definitely be good to have a good result during the World Cup too, we'll definitely be trying our hardest along with the England squad," he added.