Silverstone: Balfe Motorsport race report

BALFE MOSLER PLACES SECOND AT SILVERSTONE The Balfe Motorsport team crossed the finish line in a fantastic second place in the GT2/G2 category of the FIA GT Championship at Silverstone on Sunday. The result gives the team a boost as it ...

BALFE MOSLER PLACES SECOND AT SILVERSTONE

The Balfe Motorsport team crossed the finish line in a fantastic second place in the GT2/G2 category of the FIA GT Championship at Silverstone on Sunday. The result gives the team a boost as it continues to try and narrow the gap on the factory assisted Porsche teams in the series.

"We are so pleased with this result," said Shaun Balfe after the race. "We are a small team but have shown that we've got a big heart and we've finally shown that the Mosler is a force to be reckoned with and we're at the cutting edge of the development of the car. It's just what the team needed after the first two rounds," he added.

Balfe managed to start the weekend well by ending the opening qualifying session on Saturday in a provisional second place. An improvement by the second factory Porsche meant that the Mosler MT900R would once again have to settle for third place on the grid as the team headed into the three hour race.

A superb start by Balfe allowed him to out-drag the Porsches into Copse corner at the start and draw level. However, with two non-finishes so far this year, he knew that just winning the race to the first corner wasn't an option and decided that tucking back into third place was the best course of action.

"I could have maybe got away with passing both of the Porsches at the first corner. I'd got alongside and had the momentum to carry it through the corner," said Shaun.

"But we had made the decision that a finish was our priority this weekend and we managed to run a very quick pace for the whole three hours, which proved that the car is reliable," he added.

A faultless race meant that the team was able to pick up second place on the road when one of the Porsche suffered from mechanical problems, dropping it down the order. A strong run to the flag meant that the drivers were finally able to taste champagne on the podium, awarded to them by Sir Jackie Stewart.

The team has no time to enjoy the success, however, with the next round of the international series taking place in just two weeks time, at Imola on the Italian coast.

"The whole team is looking forward to Imola. But it is another track that I have never raced at before," said Balfe. "The team will also be starting from scratch in setting the car up. But we have been the right on the pace at the other two circuit where we've had that hurdle, so we know what to do and are prepared to try and take the fight to the Porsche one step further next time out," he added.

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Jackie Stewart , Shaun Balfe