The Balfe Motorsport Mosler MT900R driven by Jamie Derbyshire and Nigel Taylor finished a superb second overall in the final round of the Spanish GT Championship at Barcelona today (Sunday 9 November), beating the Championship winning, factory backed SEAT GT team into third place.
The Balfe crew performed faultlessly for the duration of the two hour event. Nigel Taylor started the race from twelfth on the grid and with the smaller Spanish championship air restrictors struggled against some of the bigger class cars behind him in the early stages.
A first class stint saw him race into the top ten over the first hour before handing over to Derbyshire just after halfway. A fantastic pit-stop saw the team turn the car around just one second slower than the eventual race winning and Le Mans 24-Hours experienced Belmondo Viper team, while annihilating the rest of the entrants in the pit-lane.
Derbyshire immediately set about trying to move through the field during his stint. He managed to race competitively up to sixth place before the lack of pace from the restrictor penalty hampered his progress.
With just 10 laps of the race remaining the reliability of the Mosler showed its hand as the cars in front began to pick up problems. The bullet proof V8-engined machine held its pace right up to the flag as three cars ahead dropped away, giving the team a superb second place.
"It was great fun going through the field when I took over the car." smiled Derbyshire afterwards, "Nigel got mugged at the start of the race as the restrictors just meant he had no power to respond to the faster GTS spec cars behind him. But he drove a great opening half of the race and the team did an incredible job at the changeover."
"I was having to second guess a lot of the traffic and had to push hard right through my stint as we were so down on power compared to the British series." he added.
"I am so pleased with the result," said Shaun Balfe afterwards, "The team has worked so hard all weekend and the pit-stop was just incredible. We were mega-sharp there and I think we took the rest of the teams by surprise. It was only the more internationally experienced Belmondo team that got the better of us."
"We thought that a podium finish was possible but with the lack of power it was always going to be about the teamwork and we just got everything right today. The Mosler showed its reliability right at the end of the race and we were there to pick up the pieces over the last ten laps." he added.