Bentley Team HTP wins in Moscow
Bentley Team HTP claimed their first victory for Bentley in the Blancpain Sprint Series at the fourth round of the championship at Moscow Raceway in July 2015. HTP drivers Maximilian Buhk and Vincent Abril celebrated their maiden victory in the Bentley Continental GT3 race car, while Jules Szymkowiak and Max van Splunteren claimed a win in the Silver Cup, reserved for young drivers, in a second Bentley.
Starting from third, Abril quickly took the lead after a great start and immediately created a gap. Buhk took over the Bentley Continental GT3 from the Monegasque driver halfway through the race and eventually secured the victory in the 60-minute race. After 36 laps, Buhk took the chequered flag with a margin of more then seven seconds. Due to their great performance in Russia, Buhk/Abril are now second in the drivers championship with three races to go. Jules Szymkowiak and Max van Splunteren enhanced HTP´s success in Russia with a Silver Cup class victory.
Vincent Abril comments
“This weekend we raced hard and capitalised on the great performance of the Bentley. I did not have to look in the rear-view mirror and simply raced. This is my first win in Blancpain Series Sprint and hopefully not my last. I am so happy about our success. Big thanks to the whole team, especially to my teammate Maximilian Buhk who has helped me improve. From him I can still learn a lot. "
Maximilian Buhk adds
“It's a great feeling to be back on top of the podium. At the start of the season we had a new car, we learned a lot and now the successes come. We are very happy. This is a great success for the whole team.”
On the same weekend, Bentley Team HTP were also successful at the ADAC GT Masters at Lausitzring in Germany. In a heated battle in temperatures up to 38 degrees, both Bentley Continental GT3 claimed points in the two races. After two flawless races, Stolz/Bleekemolen finished sixth and seventh, while Schmid/Hamprecht scored points in both races for the time this season and finished seventh and ninth.
"A great weekend for Bentley and Bentley Team HTP“, said Bentley Team HTP team principal Norbert Brückner. "We are proud to give Bentley it’s first victory in the Sprint Series and can be equally proud of the strong performance of the entire team and drivers in Blancpain Sprint Series and ADAC GT Masters. In the Sprint Series we clinched the first victory for Bentley and in ADAC GT Masters we reached our goal to take a good amount of points with both cars in both races.“
Read more about the Bentley European Race series for 2015 here.