Balfe and Short To Tackle Bahrain GT Festival
Shaun Balfe and Martin Short, arguably two of the quickest men to drive Mosler MT900R, have joined forces to compete at the Bahrain GT Festival at the end of November.
Newark Glass Group backed Balfe Motorsport has taken delivery of the Rollcentre Racing Mosler MT900R this week and following a development and series of shakedown tests will be running the car in the middle-east next month.
Both team owners were keen to see a Mosler at Bahrain and a deal has been struck for the Balfe team to run Short's Mosler as its car will be returning from the final round of the Spanish GT championship at Barcelona, where Balfe and current driving partner Nigel Taylor can still wrap up the overall title. While the Rollcentre team is busy rebuilding its Dallara prototypes ready for 2005.
In the 2003 British GT season Balfe and Short went head to head for the championship, so the team knows his speed and determination behind the wheel of a Mosler. The combination of Short and Balfe should be potent around the brand new circuit.
"We can't wait to get out there and see how we fair against the other teams," said Balfe. "We know from last year that Martin is very quick in the Mosler. He will be able to get up to speed very quickly, which you need to do at a new circuit. We pushed each other hard in 2003 and the two of us should be one of the teams to beat in Bahrain," he added.
The car will once again be engineered by Alan Mugglestone, who has overseen the team for the last two years. A test at Snetterton yesterday (Thursday 30 September) was curtailed due to bad weather. However, Short gave the car a brief run to see what work the team has already done and was pleased with its performance.
"Shaun and I will be a very strong combination in Bahrain," said Short. "Hopefully the Mosler will be a hit in the Arab world too. I have always considered Shaun to be a damn good driver and his engineer Alan Mugglestone is top-drawer.
"The Balfe team has done a great job over the last two years and having battled with them for the British GT crown last year, I know how determined they are about winning and how effectively they can run their car," he added.
The team has two more races to go in the Spanish GT championship, starting with the fifth round at Jerez in southern Spain next weekend. For now, Balfe is concentrating on the task at hand and his quest for the Spanish title.
"We are now leading the overall championship in Spain," he said. "But, we know the rest of the teams out there will be out to get us and it is certainly going to make life hard for the rest of the season.
"Jerez is another track that we have never been to before, but that has not stopped us being competitive during the year so we will be trying our hardest to maintain our lead next weekend," he added.