BENTLEY MOTORSPORT ANNOUNCES EXPANDED ENDURANCE PROGRAMME FOR 2019

Adver­tise­ments
    • Glob­al pro­gramme com­pris­es Blanc­pain GT Series Endurance Cup and expand­ed Inter­con­ti­nen­tal GT Chal­lenge
    • Four pro-class Con­ti­nen­tal GT3s to con­test 24 Hours of Spa
    • All six Bent­ley works dri­vers retained
    • Cus­tomer team dri­vers to be pro­mot­ed to cen­tral pro­gramme

Bent­ley Motor­sport will enter both the Blanc­pain GT Series Endurance Cup and Inter­con­ti­nen­tal GT Chal­lenge in 2019 with a four-car Pro-class entry in the season’s longest and largest race, 24 Hours of Spa-Fran­cor­champs.

Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment year for the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Con­ti­nen­tal GT3, Bent­ley Team M-Sport will chal­lenge for over­all hon­ours in two of the high­est pro­file GT cham­pi­onships in the world with its pair of race cars and six works team dri­vers. For the 24 Hours of Spa, the team will run two addi­tion­al pro-class entries with all dri­vers to be con­firmed in the com­ing weeks.

All six of the Bent­ley Motor­sport works team rac­ing dri­vers have been retained for the 2019 sea­son. Vin­cent Abril (MCO), Jules Gounon (FRA), Steven Kane (GBR), Jor­dan Pep­per (ZAF), Andy Soucek (ESP) and Maxime Soulet (BEL) will once again com­pete for Bent­ley Team M-Sport, as well as being avail­able for Bentley’s glob­al teams to utilise.

The expand­ed pro­gramme will see Bent­ley Motor­sport con­tin­ue its tra­di­tion of pro­mot­ing cus­tomer team rac­ing dri­vers to the cen­tral team, giv­ing them the oppor­tu­ni­ty to fol­low in the foot­steps of Blanc­pain Sprint Series cham­pi­on Vince Abril (MO) and Bent­ley Team ABT grad­u­ate Jor­dan Pep­per (ZA).

Bentley’s Direc­tor of Motor­sport, Bri­an Gush, com­ments:

From the start of our GT3 pro­gramme, the Blanc­pain GT Series Endurance Cup has pro­vid­ed an ide­al plat­form for us to demon­strate the per­for­mance of our cars and devel­op them for our cus­tomers to race around the world. The Inter­con­ti­nen­tal GT Chal­lenge allows us to extend our pro­gramme out­side of Europe, which is vital to reflect the glob­al pres­ence of our brand.

I’m pleased that we’ve retained all of our six works team dri­vers for 2019, and we will run at least one car at the 24 Hours of Spa with the top dri­vers pro­mot­ed from our glob­al cus­tomer team pro­gramme. Once these are con­firmed, we will look at our options for the fourth car. The most impor­tant thing for us as a brand is that we have four dri­ver teams capa­ble of win­ning the race.

As in pre­vi­ous years, Bent­ley Team M-Sport dri­vers will be avail­able to our cus­tomer teams in 2019. So far, they have sup­port­ed our teams rac­ing in Super GT, Pirelli World Chal­lenge, the British GT Cham­pi­onship, GT Mas­ters and the Blanc­pain GT Series Asia, shar­ing val­ue­able expe­ri­ence and knowl­edge.

The 24 Hours of Spa is the fourth round of the Blanc­pain GT Series Endurance Cup — fol­low­ing races at Mon­za, Sil­ver­stone and Paul Ricard and pre­ceed­ing a race at the Nür­bur­gring. It is also the third round of the Inter­con­tin­tal GT Chal­lenge, which starts with Bathurst 12 Hours before head­ing to Lagu­na Seca 8 Hours and con­tin­u­ing after Spa with Suzu­ka 10 Hours and the new-for-2019 nine-hour race at Kyala­mi.

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