Bentley Boy Guy Smith raced his final race with Bentley M-Sport on Sunday 20th May at Silverstone at the Blancpain GR Series.
Guy announced his plans to leave the team in May, after cementing plans at the end of the 2017 season. The racing driver will remain a Bentley Motorsport test and development driver whilst also supporting customer teams around the world.
Guy has enjoyed a 17-year association with the brand and will always be well known for his stunning victory at the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours with the Bentley Speed B. His role in the #7 car will be taken over by South African racer Jordan Pepper, who has raced for Bentley customer teams in Europe.
About his decision to leave, Guy commented, “This was not an easy decision to make, but the time is right for me to step back and allow some younger talent in to my Bentley seat. At the end of last year I decided that I wanted to see the new second-generation Continental GT3 through its first race after being part of its development from the start – and we achieved that at Monza a few weeks ago. It feels right that my final race with the team should be at Silverstone, which has been one of the most important circuits of my career.
“I’m looking forward to focusing on my business projects and supporting our customer teams. I’d like to thank everyone at the outstanding operation that is Bentley Team M-Sport for all the hard work and results we’ve achieved together in GT3 over the last five years.”
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, added “I’ve been working with Guy for almost 20 years, and he’s always been the epitome of the professional racer. While we’ll all be sorry to see him step back from Bentley Team M-Sport, I’m delighted that he stays a member of the Bentley Motorsport family and that he’s taken this decision at the time that feels right for him. I look forward both to working with Guy in the future and to welcoming Jordan Pepper to Bentley Team M-Sport – his seat is thoroughly deserved and we are confident he will race well with his new car #7 team-mates Steven Kane and Jules Gounon.”