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Balfe & Erdos Return To British GT
In A Ferrari 458

Thomas Erdos becomes the sixth British GT Champion to return to the series in 2013 when he and Shaun Balfe - himself runner-up in 2003 - unite in a Balfe Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 at Rockingham and for the remainder of the season.

The team had originally intended to contest the International GT Open, but switched to the British GT Series when that became no longer feasible; “We had plans to compete in the International GT Series but logistically and business commitment-wise we felt we would be stretching ourselves in our first year back," said team boss David Balfe. "We want to demonstrate our services and ability and there's no better place to do that than in front of the home crowd, so we're making a return to the British GT Championship.”

Erdos won the BGT in 2002 in a Saleen S7R and went on to a very successful LMP2 career with RML and Mike Newton that included two Le Mans Series titles and two class wins at Le Mans.

“I'm really looking forward to getting on track in the series again,” said the Brazilian ace. “I said at the start of the year that it feels great to be back with the Balfe team again and the Ferrari is a fantastic car.

“We know that the penalty system in the British GT series will hamper us a little in qualifying, but we accept that's where we are. But I think that the pace Shaun and myself can maintain during the races should see us be in contention for some top results.”

Balfe contested the series in a Mosler MT900R in 2003, after which he switched to the Spanish GT Championship and then FIA GT. Most recently, he has been racing in Radicals.

“It's exciting to be stepping into British GT again,” he said. “I won several races last time we were here. To be back as a family team again and have Tommy as my team-mate this time around is the icing on the cake.

“The last time I raced a GT car at Rockingham was in the Mosler in 2003 and we won.

"It would be nice to make a repeat after ten year away, but I know it's an even tougher proposition now. The entry for this year is top-drawer. We're under no illusions just how tough it's going to be."

Although the driver gradings have not been confirmed, the chances are that they will be regarded as a Gold-Silver pairing, so will have to carry 75kg extra.