Spanish GT Preview - Jerez (October 9-10)
After a troubled weekend at Valencia (torrential rain on Saturday), the classification of "el Campeonato de España de GT" has new leaders, Shaun Balfe and Nigel Taylor, in the Balfe Motorsport Mosler – writes Sergio Fonseca.

dailysportscar.comThe British pair ‘stole’ first position from Miguel Ángel de Castro and Ángel Burgueño (Marcos LM 600) at Valencia, and the Meycom boys want to be back in the lead after the two races at Jerez de la Frontera, to set up a great party at their home race at Barcelona (November 14), to finish the season.

Last year, Darro Motor Sport’s SEAT Toledo GT won the second leg at Jerez, and this weekend Gines Vivancos and Jordi Gene want to repeat their victory, but now with the new SEAT Cupra GT. Good results are extremely important to the SEAT Sport GT project. In Lois Racing’s Cupra GT, Lucas Guerrero will replace Moto GP owner Jorge Martínez Aspar. Business issues for the latter will allow the SEAT León driver to make his debut in the GT series.

At the moment, we don't know if the Marcos International LM 600 entry will be running this weekend. At the last Belcar meeting, Cor Euser lost a wheel and went off very heavily at Eau Rouge, destroying that chassis.

At least we know that Jesus Diaz Villaroel will be back in the championship. The ICER brakes sponsored driver failed with his LMES Courage project, but he is going to debut a new car in series: a Porsche 911 GT3-RSR bought from Freisinger Motorsport.

The big news on the grid will be the Alessandro Nannini's Maserati Trofeo, entered in the GTB class. This will mark the debut of the Trofeo in the Spanish GTB class. The organisers are hoping for a significant challenge to the Ferrari 360s. Following the last event, the Ferrari teams will have to ‘take care of’ the Porsche 996 Cup Class teams, but the 360s are the natural favourites and Luis Pérez Sala and Manel Cerqueda Ferrari could conquer the class.

Championship Table
1º. Nigel Taylor, Shaun Balfe, 164 Points.
3º. Ángel Burgueño, Miguel A. De Castro, 151.
5º. Ginés Vivancos, Jordi Gené, 107.
7º. Pedro Couceiro, Miguel Pais do Amaral, 107.
9º. Luis Pérez Sala, Manel Cerqueda, 105.


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