Balfe Motorsport will launch its 2004 racing campaign next month at round one of the British GT Championship at Donington Park. The 2003 series runners-up will take stock of the new-look UK scene before a full season attack on the Spanish GT ...
Balfe Motorsport will launch its 2004 racing campaign next month at round one of the British GT Championship at Donington Park. The 2003 series runners-up will take stock of the new-look UK scene before a full season attack on the Spanish GT series.
Team principal and lead driver, Shaun Balfe still feels the squad has unfinished business in the UK and has chosen to take in the opening round of the series to see where the teams developed Mosler MT900R will be against the rest of the N-GT class opposition this year, with an increased UK campaign still not ruled out completely.
"I feel that we gave the series a bit of a shock last season as I don't think people expected us to be as quick and competitive as we were from the first round." Said Balfe. "Obviously, we still have plenty to prove and we have been working hard on the car over the winter. We should be a force to be reckoned with and I wouldn't bet against us at Donington, we aim to start 2004 in the same manner as 2003."
Balfe, will be partnered at Donington and throughout the Spanish series by previous team-mate, Nigel Taylor. The pair has tasted race victory success before in Radicals an Taylor will offer speed, experience and stability to the team.
"We are aiming to run in a selection of British events, Silverstone is already penciled in as there is a big break in the Spanish calendar. We will be looking for two drivers for the LMES support round and also possibly the Thruxton race too, as I am planning to take a break with my family at that point in the season." Adds Balfe.
The Mosler MT900R will once again be engineered by Balfe's long term friend and engineer, Alan Mugglestone, who steered the team to six race victories and seven pole positions last season. A winter of development and improvement should hopefully see the car once again at the sharp end of the grid. A shakedown test is scheduled for Donington Park next Tuesday (March 9) in preparation for the team's first event at the Derbyshire circuit next month.
The first Spanish race takes place at Albecete between 22 and 25 of April and Balfe is confident that the team can produce some good results on the continent.
"I am really looking forward to the season. It will be good to race on some former and current Grand Prix venues and the series looks like it is going to be very competitive. In theory we shouldn't be able to challenge for outright race victories, but we came close at Barcelona last season and with the characteristics of GT racing we might be able to surprise a few of the regulars." He said.