Continental GT3 scores second place in Asian debut race
Bentley’s race-winning Continental GT3 achieved second place in the 11th round of the 2014 GT Asia Series, held in Shanghai, which was its China race debut.
Bentley Motorsport’s partner in China, Absolute Racing, recently took delivery of a new Continental GT3, which they raced as #4, with drivers Jean Karl Vernay and Gilles Vannelet at the wheel. Vernay started from fifth place in the #4 Bentley, using his driving skills and GT experience to make a very successful start, and after the first corner, the #4 Continental GT3 had moved to the front of the pack. Vernay remained in first place before pitting on lap 13 and being replaced by the gentleman driver Gilles Vannelet. The Continental GT3 rejoined the track in second place, in a skillful battle with the first place car, Vannelet finished an impressive second.
Bentley's Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, commented after the race:
“The Continental GT3 performed well today, and both drivers did a very good job. Absolute Racing prepared the car to a high standard and the team is excited about the strong performance of the car in its circuit debut in China – a podium in its first outing with GT Asia is a result to be proud of. I’m looking forward to seeing the Continental GT3 race in Macau in a few weeks.”
Ingo Matter, Managing Director of Absolute Racing, commented:
“The Bentley Continental GT3 was terrific. We are very pleased with how the car uses its tyres, and our traction at the start allowed us to take the lead immediately. Importantly, we also scored the fastest lap with a 1’47’’853, which bodes well for the future. With the data we’ve collected this weekend, we are expecting our competition with the Continental GT3 in China to be a success.”
In round 12 of the GT Asia series the following day, the Continental GT3 again performed well. Leading for most of the race, a problem during a pit-stop that required an ignition recycle meant the car finished 4th, despite being the quickest car in the field.
Absolute Racing and Bentley Motorsport now look forward to the finale of the GT Asia series in Macau, over 14th-16th November.