In only the second competition event for both the Bentley Continental GT3 and the new race team, the no. 7 car driven by Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick and Steven Kane drove to a victory at the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series.
After recovering from a drive-through penalty in the first stint that left car no. 7 in 7th place, a combination of fast driving and perfect pit-stops allowed Steven Kane to take the lead with just 15 minutes of the three-hour race left. He was then able to manage the pace and maintain a two-second gap to the no. 99 McLaren of Andy Soucek.
Rolf Frech, Member of the Board for Engineering at Bentley, commented: “We knew our Continental GT3 was a potential race winner, but to finish first in only the car’s second race in the series feels very special.”
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, added: “That was a hard-fought race. When Guy took the drive-through penalty in the first hour, we knew we had the pace to get back on the podium, and we were determined to do so. The car was very strong, the drivers were impeccable and the pit stop crew recorded their best ever times – including their practices over the last month! The Continental GT3’s strength is in long, fast corners, and our pace here will hopefully translate in to good speed at the other rounds of the championship. In the meantime, a maiden victory at the home of British motorsport feels fantastic.”
The next round of the Blancpain Endurance Series will be held at Paul Ricard on Saturday June 28.