Balfe Motorsport has signed reigning British GT Champion and FIA racer, Thomas Erdos, to be its third driver the teams Mosler MT900R at the 1000km of Spa Francorchamps at the end of August, (29/30/31) assisting the team on their championship campaign in the final half of the season.
The team have been the pacesetters of the UK series this season and the longest race in championship's history will be one of the most important of the year, which is why they have decided on a top line driver to help them get the required result in Belgium.
"We knew that the 1000km race at Spa would mean that we needed a third driver." Says Shaun Balfe. "Thomas was an obvious choice. He's incredibly quick but also knows about the strategy of a long distance race. He will also be sympathetic on the car, which could prove crucial in such a long race." He added.
The UK based Brazilian is looking forward to the drive at the famous Belgian venue, where he recently competed in the annual 24-hour event.
"I'm really looking forward to it." He commented. "The team have obviously been running the car well this season and the driver line-up is very strong so it should be a good event for us."
The drive with the Balfe Team might feel like something of a homecoming for Erdos, as he is reunited with team owner, David Balfe and engineer Alan Mugglestone, who ran him to the 1990 Formula Renault title at Fortec Motorsport.
"It's going to feel very familiar I'm sure." Adds Thomas, It will be the first time that I have driven with David [Balfe] for quite some time and with Alan [Mugglestone] involved again it will be quite special, definitely."
After a low point in the season for the team over the last few rounds, they finally got back down to business with victory in the last round at Rockingham and know that the Spa event is going to be crucial for the outcome of the British Championship.
"It is going to be a very long race and being on the grid with the FIA Sportscars means that there will be a lot more to look out for than just the normal British GT backmarkers." Says Balfe.
"We will be going out to Spa with the same plan as at every other round, to do our best and try and win, but we know that it is going to be the toughest race the team has done so far. Both Jamie, Thomas and myself know the circuit really well and we all love racing it so hopefully we can get another top result." He adds.