Balfe Motorsport Takes Victory in Spain Balfe Motorsport topped off a great start to its Spanish GT campaign by sealing victory in race two at Albacete this afternoon (April 25). The Newark Glass Group backed team learned from the first race...
Balfe Motorsport Takes Victory in Spain
Balfe Motorsport topped off a great start to its Spanish GT campaign by sealing victory in race two at Albacete this afternoon (April 25).
The Newark Glass Group backed team learned from the first race yesterday (Saturday April 24) and timed its pit-stop to perfection. The twisty nature of the Albacete venue suited the Mosler MT900R and, although the team had less horsepower compared to its rivals, they kept the pressure on the rest of the field.
A great start by Nigel Taylor moved the team up the order before the safety car was brought out for five laps. The driver change-over window opened as the safety car came back into the pits and the team was swift to respond and brought Taylor in a lap later.
As the rest of the field followed suit, it gave Shaun Balfe the chance to gain ground on the faster cars ahead. However, his pace was being hindered slightly by slower drivers and with the tight layout of the circuit it was difficult to pass.
With just five laps of the race left Balfe was in fourth position. He inherited third as the race one winning Marcos Mantara spun. As Balfe closed the gap to the second place Porsche at over two seconds a lap the leader, the current championship winning Seat Toledo GT, developed a problem and both Balfe and the car in front began to gain ground.
As the pair of them came up behind the leader with just two laps to go the Porsche tried a desperate attempt at the lead and made heavy contact with the leader. Balfe dived through into the lead and only had one more lap before clinching the team's first race victory in the Spanish series.
"We are all incredibly pleased with the whole weekend," said Balfe. "We learnt a lot from the first race yesterday and put things into place to give us as much chance as possible at getting onto the podium."
"It was hard work trying to match and better the pace of the cars in front though," he added. "The Mosler was brilliant around the circuit and the team did a fantastic job getting everything set-up perfectly for me and Nigel this weekend. It has definitely been a steep learning curve. The rest of the teams know we mean business now so I'm sure the racing will get harder and even more competitive," he added.
The team will now head back to the UK before the next round of the series at the former Grand Prix venue of Jarama in southern Spain on May 22/23.