Balfe Pair Take Second and Third in Jerez Qualifying
The Balfe Motorsport team will start rounds nine and ten of the Spanish GT Championship from second and third on the grid respectively, after qualifying at the former Grand circuit of Jerez today.
Shaun Balfe took provisional pole position in the early part of the opening session before the team's championship rivals Miguel De Castro and Angel Burgueno in the Meycom Marcos Mantara went just over a second faster with the more powerful machine at the end of the session.
In the second session, Nigel Taylor also managed to provisionally grab the top spot before the Marcos once again snatched pole position. The Porsche GT3-RS of Luis Villalba and Francesc Gutierrez went 8 tenths of a second quicker than the Mosler MT900R. However, Taylor managed to set a final lap time that put third place over half a second clear of the next placed Porsche GT2 of Manuel and Pedro Mello Breyner.
"We struggled a little bit for grip in testing yesterday and with no prior data we had to work harder to find a good set-up for the race, rather than out and out pace," said Balfe. "We are happy with those grid positions as we need to keep the pressure up on the guys in the Marcos as the lead we have over them in the overall championship is not very much,
"We will find out tomorrow if our strategy and our race pace will be enough to keep us at the top of the points. Anything can happen in the two hour-long races though. We are forecast rain over the course of the weekend and we know that our car should be a lot better and easier to drive in the wet than the Marcos and GT2 Porsche. We would definitely be happier to wake up to rain in the morning!" he added.
The team will take to the circuit for the first race tomorrow morning at 10:30 am (Spanish time).