Bentley secures second in the 2015 Blancpain endurance series
Bentley Team M-Sport has finished in second position in the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series, in Nürburging, following a second place finish at the championship’s season finale, 21st September 2015. British drivers Guy Smith, Steven Kane and Andy Meyrick were also runners-up in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
The team headed to the Nürburgring knowing it needed a win to secure the two highly-sought-after championship titles. The drivers of the pair of Bentley Continental GT3s set about challenging their rivals and proved to be a force to be reckoned with.
With 45-minutes remaining, Kane, in car #7, was in third place. Setting the fastest lap of the race, his charge was impressive, but he was soon held-up by the second place Nissan. Despite getting the most out of the car and soon passing-by, he ran out of time to close down the first place car and they had to settle for second.
Steven Kane commented, “Guy and Andy gave me the car in a really great position. Getting past the Nissan, however, was difficult and this meant that, once I had, I couldn’t catch the leader before the clock ran out. Finishing second place in the championship is great for the Bentley team. I wanted to thank them for giving us a great car at every round this year.”
The #31 Bentley Continental of Andy Soucek (ES), Maxi Buhk (DE) and Maxime Soulet (BE) finished in fifth.
“We couldn’t have asked for more from our car, team or drivers today or, for that matter, all season,” commented Brian Gush, Director of Motorsport at Bentley. “We knew it was a tall-order to clinch the titles and I’m impressed with how close we came today. Everyone in the team dug deep and gave it their all and that makes me extremely proud.
“The Bentley Continental GT3 has proved again that it’s a car capable of winning the championship. It has been fantastically quick and reliable all season and we are pleased to be battling for international championship wins in just our second year of GT3 racing.”
Andy Meyrick ended the season by saying, “It’s been another fantastic season with Bentley Motorsport and it was great to be challenging for the championship win for the second year in a row. It was just out of reach this year but the team is in a very strong place going into next season.”
Bentley Motorsport next competes in the 12 Hours of Sepang on 12 December 2015.