The Balfe Motorsport team continued its great form by taking a second and fourth place in the latest two rounds of the Spanish GT Championship at Valencia this weekend (September 10-12). The Newark Glass Group backed team struggled to match...
The Balfe Motorsport team continued its great form by taking a second and fourth place in the latest two rounds of the Spanish GT Championship at Valencia this weekend (September 10-12).
The Newark Glass Group backed team struggled to match some of the more powerful cars in the practice sessions. However, in qualifying Balfe managed to put the Mosler MT900R fifth on the grid for the opening ace, with team-mate Nigel Taylor grabbing third on the grid for race two.
Bad weather at the start of the first race caught the team out slightly, leaving them with an extra pit-stop to change to wet tyres, from intermediates, on the opening lap. The rain got heavier as the race went on and as conditions became too dangerous the organizers stopped it.
The second half of the first race was run on Sunday morning, with the results taken from an aggregate of the two stints. Balfe had been fifth when the first half of the race was halted, but had to start from 10th place as the grid was taken from a counted back result. A fantastic drive allowed him to get as high as second before handing over to Taylor.
A great drive by Taylor meant he brought the car home first on the road, which gave the team 4th in the aggregate results. However, the team's main title rival failed to finish, giving it a great boost in the championship standings. Race two was less dramatic but allowed the team to pick up another podium result when it took second place.
"We have to be happy with the fourth place in the opening race as the tyre choice and extra stop could have cost us a lot more if the race had continued to the end," said Balfe. "It gave us the chance to get a better result and we only just missed out on the podium. We could have done with a win as our rivals failed to score and it would have helped our championship ambitions,"
"The second race was a lot more straightforward and we came home second behind the team we are battling with in the championship. It means that we haven't failed to finish on the podium in Spain this year so we are pleased to be keeping ourselves consistent. Hopefully it will pay off at the end of the year," add Balfe.
The team now has a four week break before the next two round of the series, which takes place at Jerez in southern Spain on October 9th and 10th.