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Spanish GT: Balfe Motorsport round three preview

Balfe Set To Fly The Flag For England in Portugal The Balfe Motorsport Team heads to the former Grand Prix venue of Estoril in Portugal next weekend (June 25-27) for round three of the Spanish GT Championship. The squad will be helping to fly...

Balfe Set To Fly The Flag For England in Portugal

The Balfe Motorsport Team heads to the former Grand Prix venue of Estoril in Portugal next weekend (June 25-27) for round three of the Spanish GT Championship. The squad will be helping to fly the flag for England, with the possibility of the England football team playing in the final stages of the Euro 2004 tournament on the same weekend.

Drivers Shaun Balfe and Nigel Taylor are currently second in the championship standings, following 7th and 2nd place finishes in the previous two races at Jarama in Spain. Balfe is aware that another good weekend is needed to stay in the hunt for the overall and class titles.

"I'm looking forward to the Estoril races," he said. "It will be another new circuit to both me and Nigel and it is also another former Grand Prix track too. It is these types of tracks that appealed to me at the start of the season. However, it will make it more difficult as we will need the early part of the weekend to learn the circuit and get up to speed," he added.

The team has started its Spanish GT campaign with a run of great results, including a win at the opening round at Albacete in April. The profile and competitiveness of the series has meant the squad has had to be at its best at every round to stay in contention.

However, the championship will take a break for two months after the latest round and begin again in September, giving the team a two month gap to prepare the car and possibly take in other races in other series.

"The break in the calendar means that the drivers and team get some time off during the season and that we can look at entering other races if we want to, whether that's back in the British Championship or elsewhere. It certainly gives us more options, which we wouldn't get doing other championships," said Balfe

The team will take to the track next Friday for a day of testing before the official qualifying sessions take place on Saturday morning, with the first of two races on Saturday afternoon.

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Series GT
Drivers Nigel Taylor , Shaun Balfe