Bentley Motorsport took part in the Blancpain GT Series Paul Ricard Endurance 1,000km race in France during the event on the 25th June 2017.
The #8 Continental GT3 was driven by Andy Soucek (ES), Maxime Soulet (BE) and Vince Abril (MC), who secured victory for Bentley after a six-hour Blancpain GT Series race running from 6pm till midnight on the world-famous French track.
The Bentley Team M-Sport team ran a pair of Continental GT3s at the race, and the #8 Continental GT3 qualified in 8th place and climbed steadily through the ranks throughout the race. Brian Gush, Director of Bentley Motorsport, stated that the consistently quick lap times, impeccable pit stops and unfailing reliable car gave the #8 GT3 a “perfect race”.
Gush continued on to say: “It’s always great to take a race win but when you do it so cleanly it makes it all the more rewarding. It was a perfect race for the number eight crew, after many months of extremely hard work by the whole team. In the last two weeks, Bentleys have won both races in the UK, Europe and the USA, which is a testament to the car and the people behind it. We must now retain our focus as we look ahead to the next race, which is the most challenging of the Blancpain season – the Spa 24 Hours.”
The other Continental GT3 that qualified for the race, #7, was unluckier, having reached as high as third before technical issues forced the British trio; Guy Smith, Oliver Jarvis and Steven Kane, to retire after 5 and a half hours.
#8’s success boosted Soucek, Soulet and Abril into the lead of the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup having earned them 33 championship points. This means the team were in prime position going into the Spa-Francorchamps on 29th July.
Whilst this win was being celebrated in France, the American Bentley Team Absolute came first in the first race of the Pirelli World Challenge at Road America. Adderly Fong (HK) crossed the line in first place in the #88 Bentley Team Absolute Continental GT3. Fong won his first victory of the year for the team and this triumph was his first in the American series.
In race two of the Pirelli World Challenge, Fong reached second place after a hard, 50-minute battle for the lead and finished 0.239 seconds behind the winner.
As Adderly Fong was on the podium twice over the course of the weekend, the 25th-26th June became the most successful American race weekend in Bentley Team Absolute history.