Bentley Motorsport Confirms Drivers For 2016
Bentley Motorsport is continuing its preparation for the 2016 season with confirmation of its driver line-up, including the signing of 20-year old Monegasque driver Vincent Abril.
Recently crowned as 2015 Blancpain Sprint Series champion, together with current Bentley Boy and Bentley Team HTP team-mate Maximillian Buhk, Abril graduates from the customer team to join the Bentley Motorsport squad for 2016.
Vincent Abril said, “It has been a very good year for me and, after winning the Sprint Series title this year, my promotion to Bentley Motorsport is a great next step.’
Abril will share the #7 Continental GT3 with British Bentley Boys Guy Smith and Steven Kane, who have both re-signed with the team. Their first race together will be the Sepang 12 Hours in December, before they compete in the 2016 season that will include Bentley Team M-Sport’s third year of the Blancpain Endurance Series.
The dynamic partnership of Andy Soucek (Spain), Maxime Soulet (Belgium) and Maxi Buhk (Germany) continues in the sister Continental GT3 for 2016, after a strong team performance in 2015.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport Brian Gush commented, “Retaining our current line-up for car #8 is very rewarding. Andy, Maxime and Maxi have formed a very strong team in the last few months and they’ve all proved an excellent turn of speed. We have high hopes for them next year.”
Brian Gush also spoke of the departure of Andy Meyrick from the team behind car #7, “I’d like to thank Andy Meyrick for his service to the team over the last two years. He has been a dedicated racer in car #7 and helped us develop the Continental GT3 to the championship-winning machine it is today.”