BALFE SIDELINED BY TRANSMISSION IN FRANCE
The Balfe Motorsport team suffered a non-finish in the latest round of the FIA GT Championship at Dijon in France at the weekend. A gearbox problem just 18 minutes into the three hour race put paid to what was turning out to be a good meeting for the team.
A good pair of free practice session allowed the team to test new tyres and begin to fine tune the set-up of the car to the twisty and flowing circuit. A tenth place qualifying position didn't do justice to the improvements the team has made to the car, just two tenths of a second away from the next car on the grid and closer to the pole position time than ever before.
At the start of the race Shaun Balfe was able to hang on to the two cars ahead of him and even managed to lap quicker than them for a handful of laps. However, on lap 12 he radioed the team to say that he'd lost drive and was unable to find a gear to limp the car back to the pit-lane
"It was another frustrating race for us," said Shaun Balfe. "We had definitely made progress this weekend. In the free practice sessions we were improving all the time and at one point another few tenths of a second would have lifted us from tenth to fourth on the grid, it was that tight.
"It's a shame that we were unable to finish as its what myself and the rest of the team were looking for this weekend, especially after the previous round at Paul Ricard," he added. "But we know that we've made progress now and we can start to give the rest of the GT1 grid something to think about from here until the end of the season."
The team now has just a week to repair the Saleen S7R before it heads out to Mugello in Italy for the next round of the series next weekend (September 16/17).
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