Balfe Motorsport / Spirit Motor Group
Oschersleben Preview

The Spirit Motor Group backed Balfe Motorsport team heads to the third round of the FIA GT Championship in Oschersleben with high hopes of being closer to the rest of the GT pack.

More hard work and two full days of testing will hopefully have put the team into a points scoring position in Germany, something that it had obviously hoped for from the start of the season.

“It’s definitely been a frustrating time for the entire team,” said Shaun Balfe. “Both myself and Jamie, as drivers have been looking to be fighting for points and mixing it with the teams further up the grid. The team has been put an incredible amount of effort in to sort the car for us, hopefully this weekend we will be able to give the other guys out there a challenge.

“We definitely want to be higher up the order and giving the rest of the grid a challenge,” added Jamie Derbyshire. “It’s been hard work up to this point and we know that we should be able to be getting into the top six, especially when you look at what the Zakspeed car has been doing. But the team has been hard at work, although we just won’t know for certain where we stand until we take to the track.”

Two days of testing and some serious hard graft by the Balfe team in the break between Brno and Oschersleben will hopefully pay off into a solid and faster run in Germany. The entire team also has the added incentive of the World Cup quarter finals to look forward to as well.

“We need to find somewhere to watch the match on Saturday afternoon. It’s good of the FIA to have organised the timetable to be quarter-final friendly!” said Jamie. “We want the England team to do well, obviously. But the focus is definitely on the performance of the team at the track this weekend, for us at least.”

So, with spirits high the team goes to Germany with just one ambition, to bring home points and be on the pace.

“We’ve said all along that we’re not going to be out there challenging for pole or for victory, if that happens there’s going to be plenty of luck involved,” said Shaun. “But we know that we’re capable of getting some solid results, even at this level. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t think we could. To be able to mix it with the rest of the grid and be able to challenge is going to be our main priority. It would set us up nicely for the latter half of the season.”

The first test for the squad will be Friday afternoon at 2:10pm, when the opening free practice session gets underway.

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