Bentley Motorsport takes Bathurst 12 Hour podium
Bentley Motorsport has finished in third place in the opening round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, Bathurst 12 Hours, in a race that was packed with dramatic action from the outset.
The number 17 Continental GT3, piloted by the all-British trio of Guy Smith, Steven Kane and Oliver Jarvis, rose from 22nd on the grid to finish on the podium in Bentley’s first race of 2017.
Unfortunately, for car 8, a punctured tyre preceded a brush with Mount Panorama’s unforgiving concrete walls and forced the number 8 GT3 to pit. After the early stop, car 8 earned a hard-fought comeback and drivers Maxime Soulet (BE), Andy Soucek (ES) and Vince Abril (MO) finished in twelfth place.
The first driver of car 8, Guy Smith (GB), had moved the car inside the top ten after two hours. By the time he handed the car to Steven Kane forty-minutes later, the number 17 car was sitting in second place.
Steven, Olly and Guy maintained their pace for the remainder of the race and, after 12-hours of racing that saw seven different GT3s lead, including the number 17 Bentley, the chequered flag fell with Steven bringing the car home in third place.
“Both teams had to overcome adversity this weekend, and both did with grit and determination,” commented Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush. “The car 17 team did a fantastic job to get on the podium and start our 2017 season on the right foot. We now look forward to the start of the European season and hopefully earning more silverware.”
Bentley Motorsport’s works team races next at the opening round of the Blancpain GT Series, at Misano in Italy in April.