Imola: Balfe Motorsport preview

BALFE TEAM ALL SET FOR SAN MARINO The Balfe Motorsport team heads to the Grand Prix venue of Imola in San Marino, Italy next weekend and is aiming for another strong charge in round four of the FIA GT Championship. Drivers Shaun Balfe...

BALFE TEAM ALL SET FOR SAN MARINO

The Balfe Motorsport team heads to the Grand Prix venue of Imola in San Marino, Italy next weekend and is aiming for another strong charge in round four of the FIA GT Championship.

Drivers Shaun Balfe and Jamie Derbyshire finished a superb second in the GT2/G2 category of the series at Silverstone earlier this month. Another good result is the aim at a track that will be new to the team and driver Balfe.

"I've never been to or driven the Imola venue," said Shaun. "I'm really looking forward to it, as it's another world class circuit and is always great to try new challenges. It will certainly be a steep learning curve though. It looks very tricky in places and we are hoping that the Mosler will be just the car to take the challenge to the factory Porsches," he added.

A perfect run for the team at Silverstone meant that they were perfectly poised to take second place, when one of the works cars ahead of them suffered from mechanical problems.

A brilliant qualifying performance and a superb start to the race proved that the team and the Mosler have closed the gap to the Porsches. The team is hoping that the second half to the season will be where it can try and go for victory.

"The tracks that we have coming up in the second half of our campaign and the development we keep putting into the car means that we would like to believe that we could go wheel to wheel with the factory prepared cars before the end of the season," said Balfe.

"It will certainly be a lot of hard work, but we've seen that they can suffer from mechanical problems too. It would be great to be in that position at the end of our first season at this level," he added.

The team will start its attack on the Imola venue with two free-practice sessions on Friday, before the qualifying sessions and three-hour race on Saturday and Sunday.

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Shaun Balfe , Jamie Derbyshire