Brno: Balfe Motorsport preview

BALFE TEAM LOOKING FOR IMPROVEMENT IN CZECH REPUBLIC The Balfe Motorsport team heads to the circuit of Brno in the Czech Republic next weekend for round two of the FIA GT Championship. The Newark Glass Group backed squad is aiming to move ...

BALFE TEAM LOOKING FOR IMPROVEMENT IN CZECH REPUBLIC

The Balfe Motorsport team heads to the circuit of Brno in the Czech Republic next weekend for round two of the FIA GT Championship. The Newark Glass Group backed squad is aiming to move further up the GT1 grid at the venue after a frustrating start to the season at Silverstone two weeks ago.

A handling problem and a lack of grip left the team and drivers disappointed and frustrated at the home event of 2006. However, in the short time between Silverstone and Brno, the team has been working incredibly hard to get to the bottom of the issues that plagued them at round one.

A series of improvements and changes to the car should move the Saleen S7R further up the timesheets and allow drivers Shaun Balfe and Jamie Derbyshire to mix it with the top teams.

"The team has not stopped working on the car since it arrived back in the workshop from Silverstone," admits Shaun Balfe. "We knew from the opening practice session that we were going to struggle and at this level of motorsport, once you get onto the back foot over a race weekend you are always going to be up against it,"

"The lads have been working incredibly hard on the car and we believe that by the time we take to the track at Brno we should be where we need to be. That is definitely the aim anyway," he added. "We want to perform and race against the best and we won't be happy unless we're up there and fighting. We certainly want to have more pace and speed than we had at Silverstone as we had the reliability."

The team will take to the track for the first time on Friday afternoon, with qualifying taking place on Saturday at 3:30pm. The three-hour race is scheduled to start at 1:30pm (Czech time) on Sunday afternoon with live television coverage in the UK on the digital 'Player' channel.

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Shaun Balfe