Balfe & Spirit-Kia – Home Race At Silverstone Ahead
The Balfe Motorsport Team heads into its ‘home’ race
of the 2005 season this weekend (May 13-15), in round three of the
FIA GT Championship at Silverstone.
The Newark Glass Group, KIA Spirit and Spirit Volkswagen-backed
driver pairing of Jamie Derbyshire and Shaun Balfe will once again
be taking the fight in the GT2/G2 category of the series to the
factory supported Porsches, which, so far, have been the cars to
beat. However, the Mosler MT900R has been the best privateer car
in qualifying so far this year and a good result on home ground
is what the team is aiming for.
“We have got to be aiming for a finish and see what happens
over the course of the weekend at Silverstone,” said Shaun
Balfe. “The team is working really hard to narrow the gap
to the works Porsches, and with the race being on the smaller International
layout at Silverstone it’s going to be very, very busy in
qualifying and the race, although the Mosler should be very good
around the tighter track.”
finish at the opening round at Monza started the team’s season,
with a mechanical problem forcing it out of round two at Magny-Cours
in France just a fortnight ago. The pace of the Mosler has certainly
not been in question. However, the team is hoping for a turnaround
in fortune at Silverstone.
“We’ve suffered our share of bad luck so far this season
and a run to the flag without any problems is what we need this
weekend,” added Jamie Derbyshire. “We’ll be aiming
to chip away at the advantage the Porsches have over us at the minute
and in effect it’s our home race, even though it’s a
British team running the Porsches too.
“The team will have plenty of guests at the track for this
meeting, which will add a little bit to the pressure of the weekend,
but it also creates a bigger family atmosphere too, which we like.
I’m looking forward to it, it’s going to be one of the
more hectic meetings of the year for us.”