BALFE FRUSTRATED WITH SILVERSTONE WEEKEND The Balfe Motorsport team suffered a trying weekend at the opening round of the FIA GT Championship at Silverstone. The Spirit Motor Group backed squad struggled to get its Saleen S7R set up properly...
BALFE FRUSTRATED WITH SILVERSTONE WEEKEND
The Balfe Motorsport team suffered a trying weekend at the opening round of the FIA GT Championship at Silverstone. The Spirit Motor Group backed squad struggled to get its Saleen S7R set up properly over the course of the weekend but managed to salvage a race finish on Sunday.
A left rear wheel problem hampered the team initially in the opening free practice session on Friday. The problem was traced and solved, but it had put the team onto the back foot in preparation for the three-hour race and finding a set-up to get the car performing at its best proved elusive.
A major change in the suspension settings overnight on Saturday proved to be a step in the right direction for the squad, when the track dried part-way into the race. A 12th place finish and ninth in the GT1 class was a frustrating start to the team's debut in the category.
"We definitely struggled, more than we ever have before," admitted Shaun Balfe. "But we're racing in one of the top championships in the world, against teams that are among the best there are. If you have a problem at the start of the race weekend it puts you immediately at a disadvantage, which is what happened to us here at Silverstone," he added.
Although the car wasn't in the front running pace, the team's original plan to get the car to the finish was achieved. With a list of improvements and plans for the car between now and the next round, it is confident of a stronger showing at round two of the championship, at Brno in the Czech Republic, a track where the team performed well in its FIA GT debut season last year.
"We will certainly take some positives out of the result. We got the car to the flag and it was incredibly reliable, which was our immediate goal. We were just unable to get it onto the ultimate pace. The car was definitely better with the major changes we made on Saturday night once the track became dry. So we know we went in the right direction."
"We knew that we would have a lot of work to do during the year and we will be aiming a lot higher at the next round at Brno in the Czech Republic," he added.