West-Tec confirms Balfe and Smith for Prototype Cup


Team West-Tec has shed light on its second car taking part in this weekend’s Prototype Cup event at Snetterton.

Shaun Balfe and Bradley Smith are sharing driving duties in the #4 Ligier JSP3 at the non-championship curtain raiser.

West-Tec confirmed details of one car, featuring European LMP3 champion Christian England and Radical works driver Colin Noble, on Friday.

The two entries are part of a nine car grid at the Norfolk circuit.

“It’s brilliant to add a second car to the team for Prototype Cup,” said team manager Craig Bennett.

“It gets us more exposure for what we are trying to do here so it’s a great thing.”

“I’m looking forward to running two cars; it’s something new for us as a whole and there are going to be challenges, but we are working around them and it’s going to be a really good weekend.”

British driver Balfe is no stranger to prototype competition, having raced the Murphy Prototypes LMP2 ORECA in this year’s European Le Mans Series.

In May he took part in an LMP3 test session with United Autosports, which is the UK agent for Ligier chassis manufacturer Onroak.

Balfe’s racing CV also includes stints in the GT Cup and International GT Open.

Smith, meanwhile, is a three time Radical champion and has also won in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup.

In 2014 he won the right to drive a Prototype at the Daytona 24 Hours through the Sunoco Challenge scheme.

“I’ve been trying to race in LMP3 since the launch of the class, so to finally get an opportunity is great,” said Smith.

“It should give me a good starting point for hopefully racing in Prototype Cup or the European Le Mans Series next year.”

West-Tec is planning to run both of its LMP3s in the Prototype Cup next year, which is anticipating around 20 entries.

A two-car assault on the European Le Mans Series has also been mooted by the team.

The 60 minute, two driver race will get underway at 14:00 BST tomorrow (October 9).