Balfe Motorsport is delighted to confirm it will return to
the British GT Championship for the 2020 season with its successful McLaren 720S
GT3, after taking a spectacular maiden victory for the car on UK soil at the
Donington Park finale in September.
Teaming up behind the wheel for a fourth year in succession
will be Shaun Balfe and McLaren Factory Driver Rob Bell, who took the GT Open
Pro-Am title together back in 2016.
Both Shaun and Rob finished third in the British GT
Championship Drivers’ standings last year, just five points off the title,
despite not scoring in the first three rounds of the season.
The McLaren 720S GT3 proved its mettle in the 2019 campaign,
with Shaun and Rob scoring one win and four podiums as they became one of the
form pairings in the championship.
Balfe Motorsport, which finished third in the Teams’
standings, will once again be a big supporter of the British GT Championship as
it fields multiple entries next season, with announcements on a pair of McLaren
570S GT4 line-ups to be made in the coming weeks.
The 2020 season begins with a double-header at Oulton Park
over the Easter weekend of April 11 – 13, before taking in another seven races
across the United Kingdom, with the customary visit to Belgium’s
Spa-Francorchamps in July.
“We’re really excited to be returning to the British GT Championship with the McLaren 720S GT3. The car was quick last season and we have some of the best mechanics and engineers in the paddock working with us, so as a combination I think we could be right up there again.
“But for a bit of luck in a couple of races – one where Rob was taken off and another where the door wouldn’t close – we might have been in a position to win the title. Regardless, the team is fantastic and whatever happens during the season we’ll enjoy ourselves every time we go to race.”
“I am really excited to confirm that I will be back racing with Balfe Motorsport and alongside Shaun for 2020 in the British GT Championship, racing the 720S GT3.
“We continue to learn about the 720S GT3 and the team is working hard to maximise all areas of performance and become a stronger unit. I’m really pleased to be a part of the British GT Championship again, as this season we showed significant strides forward at each round, proving that the McLaren was the car to beat at the final round in Donington Park. I am looking forward to getting back in the car and pushing for more strong results from the first round.”