Fulbeck motor racing team unveils new Audi R8
Fulbeck-based Balfe Motorsport has unveiled its stunning new Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II in Autoglym livery – with which it will compete in the British GT Championship – in the shadow of local landmark Lincoln Cathedral.
The team has been a regular entrant in the series since the early 2000s, but 2022 will be the first season the team has fielded Audi machinery, having raced the car in Europe last year.
Getting behind the wheel will be Shaun Balfe and Adam Carroll, who have won four podiums and two pole positions as teammates in 2021.
Shaun has competed in a wide variety of series and cars over his career, ranging from Caterhams to GT1. He was British GT runner-up in 2003 and third (just five points from the title) in 2019, as well as the Spanish GT title in 2004 and the GT Open Pro-Am crown in 2017.
Balfe said: “I am very happy to be back home in the British GT Championship. We’re on a new adventure with the Audi R8 LMS GT3 that we raced in GT Open last year, so I can’t wait to show what we can do this year.
“Adam and I get on well and are a really good partnership. We really gelled last year and I’m sure we can move forward. British GT is a real Pro-Am series so we have to be competitive .”
Adam enjoyed success throughout his motorsport journey, including Formula Ford in the early 2000s, finishing second in British F3 in 2004, and was a test driver for the Formula 1 team BAR when racing in the GP2 series.
He raced in the DTM, IndyCar, GT1 World Championship and Formula E, while helping the Irish team win the 2008/09 A1 GP title and adding the Ferrari Challenge World Finals crown in 2019.
Carroll said: “Last season it was great to be back with Shaun and in a GT3 car. I think we have a really strong partnership and I really enjoy driving the Audi and working with all the members. of the team.”
“The British GT Championship is tough. If you look at who has driven in the series in recent years, there have been a lot of factory drivers and they haven’t been lacking in talent.
“We’ll do our best and hopefully we can win a few races and score some podiums along the way, and we’ll be chasing the championship.”
Newly updated for the 2022 season, the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II takes another step forward in performance, based on feedback from race teams and drivers.
The car now generates more downforce via the aggressive-looking rear wing, making it a more comfortable experience for amateur drivers, while on the power side, the naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine features a new intake system that improves the torque curve.
The British GT Championship season opens with its traditional Easter weekend visit to Oulton Park in Cheshire, back on the calendar for the first time since 2019.
A second three-hour race will take place at Donington Park and a trip to Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium the week before the famous 24 Hours of Spa.
Balfe added: “The longer endurance races are really appealing and it will allow us to stretch our legs. It should be a lot of fun driving.
“I hope the doors will be open all year round for spectators, friends and family to support us, and we can put on a good show.”