Balfe Motorsport takes class podium at Donington in the Masters Pre 66 Touring cars
Racers Shaun Balfe and Tom Ashton enjoyed a positive start to the 2021 motor racing season, with third in class and ninth overall in the Masters Pre 66 Touring cars, with the Balfe Motorsport Lotus Cortina.
Having only raced the Cortina once last season, the Fulbeck-based team started qualifying on the back foot, but managed to claim 15th overall and sixth in class, for a row eight start in the afternoon’s one-hour race.
“Tom went out first for a few laps, then I did maybe seven or eight and set the time about 20 minutes into the session,” said team owner Balfe.
“I could have gone quicker twice, but I got held up in the final corners both times.”
Balfe took the opening stint and after losing one place at the start, he was 15th after demoting Dan Wheeler’s Mini Cooper S.
Balfe headed for the pits after 20 laps for their driver change, and, after their rivals had also been in, the order began to settle again.
When Ashton emerged he was chasing the Thistlethwayte Mustang for eighth place, however, the gap was over seven seconds.
It was nose to tail for the final laps and Ashton’s reward for keeping the pressure on was reclaiming ninth place from Alderslade, enough to clinch a class podium in third.