Front running British GT Team, Balfe Motorsport, have announced that they will competing at the second Bathurst 24 Hour race in Australia at the end of the 2003 season.
A full driver line-up has yet to be finalised for the team, competing in its first 24-hour endurance marathon. However, Jamie Derbyshire and Shaun Balfe are already confirmed in the team's Mosler MT900R with another two seats yet to be filled.
"We have been deliberating about whether to do the Bathurst race all season." Explained Shaun Balfe, "We wanted to see how are British Championship went before we made a final decision."
The UK team has been the class of the British GT field in 2003 and after the second place finish by a Mosler at the inaugural event last year, the team are confident they have a car that may go one place better.
"The pace of our car over the course of the season has given us reason to believe that we are in a good position to challenge for the outright win over there this year." Added Balfe.
"The Mosler has an extra year of development work behind it now and has proved over varying race distances and conditions that it is fast and reliable. We will definitely be gong over there with the same intentions as in the British Series, which is to win." He added.
2003 GT debutant, Derbyshire, is pleased with the decision to compete at the Bathurst event and is keen to get top grips with the daunting Mt Panorama circuit.
"I can't wait to go to Bathurst, I'm really looking forward to the whole experience." Explained Jamie, "We've had a great season with the car here in the UK and the long distance races is where I want to compete and the Bathurst event has become such a big event in just two years. The team works so well together and a strong driver line-up should see us right up there with the front-runners." He adds.
The team will now be concentrating on the final three rounds of the British series before preparing the car for its first 24-hour event.