Top ten finish for Bentley at Silverstone
Bentley’s return to the home of British motorsport at Silverstone brought a double-top-ten finish despite a challenging race for both cars. While the pace of the Continental GT3 was good enough to try and emulate last year’s victory at the track, circumstances meant that the Bentley Boys had to settle for the satisfactory results of 6th place for car #8 and 9th place for car #7.
After rain disrupted qualifying, Car #8 started from 17th place on the grid. Maxime Soulet drove an outstanding opening stint to hand the car over to Maxi Buhk in 6th place. Maxi maintained 6th overall, before being relieved of duty on lap 53 by Andy Soucek who re-joined before being reprimanded for a collision, dropping him to 8th place. Fortunately, Andy was able to recover strongly and finish in 6th place.
Maxime Soulet, commented:
“My car was really good through the whole stint, and I could push all the way from the green flag to the end of my stint. The race pace was much better than our qualifying pace yesterday, and I kept out of trouble and steadily took places. There’s more to come, but I’m pleased that we’ve had our best result as a driver team so far.”
Car #7’s race began with Guy Smith at the wheel in 9th place, climbing up up to 4th place before he came into the pits. Unfortunately, a failed wheel nut cost the team, meaning Andy Meyrick returned to the track in 24th place. However, Andy recovered quickly, rapidly moving the car up to 16th place. Steven Kane took over on lap 52 recovering further before ultimately finishing in 9th place.
Guy Smith of car #7 said:
“The car was great today, and in my stint I made good progress. That set us up for the rest of the race, but the problem in our first pit stop meant that we were fighting for a top ten finished rather than a podium. It was massively unlucky, but I’m happy that we were on the pace and we can definitely look forward to the next race.”
Speaking immediately after the race, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, commented:
“Like the Nürburgring 24 Hours last weekend, this was a race where the pace of our cars was not equalled by our luck. Car #7 was very unfortunate in the first pit stop – the right-rear wheel nut failed to engage and had to be replaced – but as always Andy, Steven and Guy were insatiable in their appetite for a top ten result. Car #8 had a better race, and while Maxime drove an amazing stint I was disappointed in Andy’s penalty. Still, we’ll take two top-ten finishes, and look to build on this in a few weeks in the third round at Paul Ricard.”
Bentley Team M-Sport returns to the track on 19th June, for the third round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Paul Ricard.
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