Third round of Blancpain at Paul Ricard
The two Bentley Team M-Sport Continental GT3s are set to tackle the third round of the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series this weekend, with the challenge of the Paul Ricard circuit.
With a start time of 17:00 on Saturday 20th of June, the race will begin in daylight and end in darkness, providing an extra challenge for the drivers and mechanics.
Following the second round of the Blancpain 2015 championship at Silverstone, the #7 car of Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick and Steven Kane and the #8 car of Maxime Soulet, Maxi Buhk and Andy Soucek will both be oping to finish in the top three.
With the round at Paul Ricard becoming a longer race for 2015, there are more points available for the team this weekend – 33 points for a class win instead of the usual 25, so Bentley’s preparations for the event have been meticulous.
Maxime Soulet, of car #8 comments:
“Andy, Maxi and I have really grown as a team so far this season and I’m confident that together we can have a good race this weekend. We’re getting great speed out of our Continental GT3, and we’ve been scoring championship points. What we need now is a big result, and Paul Ricard has more points available than the previous races so this is place to do it.”
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, said:
“We won the Paul Ricard round last year, but that was only a three-hour race – this year’s 1000 km will take closer to six hours, making it a more formidable challenge for the whole team. We’re ready to race, not just for the championship points but also in preparation for the upcoming test day at Spa and the 24 Hours that follows.
For me, this is the most exciting part of the season. As we reach the busiest point of the season, our work ahead of each race becomes even more important. Our mechanics have been working hard to ready the two cars for the upcoming five weeks of work, which will see almost 6000 km of total running. The Continental GT3 was built as endurance racer so I’m confident that the cars will thrive.”
Watch the race live here this Saturday 20th of June.