Bentley GT3 wins Silverstone with Team Parker Racing
Bentley Team Parker Racing’s number 31 Continental GT3 has won the Silverstone 500, the longest race in the British GT Championship, with drivers Seb Morris (GB) and Rick Parfitt Jr (GB).
The pair qualified on the front row of the grid for the three-hour long race that took place at the Home of British Motor Racing. After the green flag waved, the pair lapped the 3.66 mile track 84 times and, at the chequered flag, took the race win by just over a minute.
“Seb, Rick and everyone at Team Parker Racing put on an impressive display this weekend,” commented Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush. “The Continental GT3 is well suited to Silverstone but it takes more than a fast car to win endurance races. They were clean, consistent and clever with strategy, and they dominated the race as a result.”
The Bentley Team Parker Racing sister car, the number 7 Continental GT3 of Callum Macloed (GB) and Ian Loggie (GB), set the fastest lap of the race and was running in third place when, unfortunately, Loggie suffered a collision and their race ended early.
Just four points behind the overall leaders, Seb and Rick now sit in second place in the British GT Championship with three rounds to go. The next round takes place at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium on 7-8 July.
Driver Rick Parfitt commented: “Our strategy depended on me getting ahead at the start - which luckily I was able to manage, so I was ahead going into Copse and then made the most of our Bentley’s advantage through sectors one and two to open a gap. But all afternoon we were keen to stay out of trouble, which worked for the most part! It’s great to win, but I’d also like to dedicate this to my late Dad who was here last season and I’m sure would have loved to have been this year as well.”
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