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  • Bentley Motorsport wins the world’s toughest GT3 endurance title

  • Bentley Team M-Sport takes the Teams title following a win at Paul Ricard and a second place at 24 Hours of Spa

  • Team work and spirit overcome adversity in Barcelona finale

Via Bent­ley News­room

Bent­ley Motor­sport has won the Blanc­pain GT Series Endurance Cup with Bent­ley Team M-Sport at a roller­coast­er final round in Barcelona.

The team entered the cham­pi­onship finale as Endurance Cup lead­ers with a 16-point advan­tage over its near­est rival, thanks to a win at the Paul Ricard 1000 km and a sec­ond place fin­ish in the pres­tigous 24 Hours of Spa.

Bentley’s Direc­tor of Motor­sport, Bri­an Gush, com­ments: “Secur­ing the Endurance Cup Teams title is tes­ta­ment to the hard work that every sin­gle mem­ber of Bent­ley Motor­sport and Bent­ley Team M-Sport has put in to this sea­son. I’m proud of our achieve­ments as a team and we’ll use the ener­gy from this cham­pi­onship win as we start prepa­ra­tions for 2018. We’ll be back next year aim­ing to go one bet­ter and secure the driver’s title too.”

The title-win­ning week­end was not as easy as the team had hoped it would be. Fol­low­ing a crash in the qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion, the #7 Con­ti­nen­tal GT3 #7 required a full front-end rebuild — but after impec­ca­ble team­work the car start­ed the race at the back of the pack of 49 GT3s. Three hours lat­er it crossed the line in P19 thanks to flaw­less dri­ving and focused deter­mi­na­tion from the British trio of Guy Smith, Oliv­er Jarvis and Steven Kane.

Mean­while, the #8 Con­ti­nen­tal GT3 had a tricky qual­i­fy­ing in a dis­rupt­ed ses­sion and start­ed the race from 28th. Carv­ing through the pack, Vince Abril (MC), Andy Soucek (ES) and Maxime Soulet (BE) climbed up into the top-ten, putting them in the effec­tive lead of the Endurance Cup dri­vers’ title. How­ev­er, a mechan­i­cal fail­ure with 90 min­utes to go end­ed the chance of tak­ing the driver’s title.

How­ev­er, with 88 points scored from a con­sis­tent­ly strong sea­son, Bent­ley Team M-Sport had done enough to secure the Blanc­pain GT Series Endurance Cup title.

Bent­ley Motor­sport will announce its plans for 2018 short­ly, while reflect­ing on a 2017 sea­son that has seen the Con­ti­nen­tal GT3 secure two more cham­pi­onships in its fourth year of com­pe­ti­tion.


Credits to Bentley
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