Balfe & Spirit-Kia – Final FIA Call For Balfe Squad In
The Balfe Motorsport Team will once again be heading into the unknown
this weekend, as it prepares for Oschersleben and Round 7 of the
FIA GT Championship (August 26-28).
The whole team
is hoping that the German venue will be good for the Spirit Kia
backed Mosler MT900R as the outfit is going into the weekend blind,
with neither driver or any of the team members having been to the
circuit before: a completely blank sheet of paper if ever there
Balfe Motorsport team has managed in similar circumstances at a
handful of the other rounds so far this year, and it has still been
the closest team to the GruppeM Porsches, so things should not be
too difficult for them. Every member of the team is ready to get
back to racing, after a long break since Brno at the end of June.
time away from the series has given the guys at the workshop ample
time to fine-tune a few things that they wanted to on the car. But,
such a long gap away from the tracks has meant that they are all
keen to once again take the battle to the Porsches and the German
circuit could well be another opportunity to pull a surprise result.
are ready to get to grips with the track quickly too.
really looking forward to Oschersleben,” said Jamie Derbyshire.
“It’s good to go to a completely new circuit. When you
get to this level of racing you start to wonder what other tracks
there are that you haven’t raced on, so to go to somewhere
different will make a nice change. It will mean we’ve got
to get up to speed quickly though.”
kept his racing momentum sharp with a brief foray back into the
Radical Championship during the break from Mosler FIA duties, setting
a new outright lap record at his local venue of Cadwell Park in
the process. He is also relishing the challenge of a new track.
definitely nice to go to somewhere different to race,” he
said. “We had a lot of that last year in the Spanish Championship
and although starting from scratch at the beginning of an FIA GT
weekend isn’t ideal, we’ve had the same situation for
most of the season, so we shouldn’t be too far away by the
end of the race on Sunday. I hope not anyway!
have spent a lot of time on the car since Brno and we’ve made
a couple of small improvements, which we wanted to work on since
the start of the season, but the opening few rounds were actually
pretty close together and fairly hectic for us, so the time off
has been good.”
season is only just over half-way through, this might well be the
final FIA GT outing for the Spirit Kia Mosler this year. The 2005
FIA GT campaign was always going to be a toe-in-the-water exercise
for the team.
with tentative plans for 2006 already being looked at, an early
end to the season could well be what the team needs to put everything
into place for a full attack next year.
that we’d only be doing the European races at the start of
the year,” said Shaun. “We always knew that this was
going to be a reasonably short season and we have a few avenues
that we need to go down with regards to next year, and the extra
time that this might give us could be useful.
is the possibility that we could roll the car out a couple of more
times before the end of the year. We’ve looked at what races
there are left on the calendar and it would be great for the team
to be able to compete a few more times, but we’ll have to
wait and see what happens. For now, we’re just concentrating
on the race at Oschersleben and trying to stay close to the GruppeM
cars during the weekend.”