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BGTC: Balfe Motorsport Oulton Park preview

GT racer, Shaun Balfe, is hoping for a return to the form that saw him and driving partner, Jamie Derbyshire, take four race wins in a row as they head to Oulton Park in Cheshire for round seven of the British GT Championship next weekend. (July...

GT racer, Shaun Balfe, is hoping for a return to the form that saw him and driving partner, Jamie Derbyshire, take four race wins in a row as they head to Oulton Park in Cheshire for round seven of the British GT Championship next weekend. (July 12/13)

The Newark Glass Group backed Balfe Motorsport team suffered its first non-finish on the season last time out at Castle Combe in Wiltshire. However, Balfe is hoping that the teams fortunes will turn around so that they can snatch another race win in the TVR teams own backyard.

"We are definitely looking for a return to the podium at Oulton." Explains Balfe. "Obviously the top step is our ultimate aim, especially after experiencing it four times so far this year!" He grinned.

"However, we know that it won't be easy there, especially as the circuit is known as TVR's home track as they are based in Blackpool. They took a one-two result at the last round so we are aiming to make it a Mosler victory this time around." He adds.

The long break in the British GT calendar over the start of the summer has meant a long gap between the races, which has given the team plenty of time to prepare the car. However, that is all set to change as August will see three rounds taking place, one of which is at the fabulous Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

The Spa race will be the longest in the championships history and will also see the cars share the grid with the FIA Sportscar Championship, prototype cars that have run at Le Mans and will no doubt keep the GT regulars on their toes as they come round to lap them.

Before then, the team are hoping that the trip to Oulton Park will see a return to the form that clinched them the first four race victories and another charge towards the British GT title.

"We would like to get as many points on the board before next month as anything could happen during one of the races in August that could put us on the back-foot. Some good, strong podium results would put us in the right place in the fight for the championship at the end of the season." Added Balfe.

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Series GT
Drivers Shaun Balfe , Jamie Derbyshire