Bentley takes third place at Bathurst 12 hour
Bentley Motorsport finished the 2016 Bathurst 12 Hours in third place with the Continental GT3 car 10. Piloted by Guy Smith (GB), Steven Kane (GB) and Matt Bell (GB), the car completed 297 laps of 6.2km long circuit and led for just over an hour.
Car 31, which also led the race temporarily, finished in seventh place making the brand the only GT manufacturer to cross the line with all of its entries, after 12 hours of challenging but reliable racing for the Continental GT3s.
“A podium finish in just our second year racing here at Mount Panorama Circuit is a great achievement,” commented Bentley's Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush. “Both of our cars have completed 12 hours of extremely demanding and competitive racing without any reliability issues.
“Staying out of trouble on the mountain is difficult and we fell foul of some incidents but the crew fought hard to keep us going and completed some very impressive pit stops.
“It’s good to take a haul of points forward into the 2016 SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge and we look forward to continuing with the new series at Spa 24 Hours in July.”
Steven Kane, car 10 driver, added: “Third place is a fantastic finish but when you come here and have a really strong week, you become focused on the win. In the middle of the race, we had the potential to challenge for the win but, by the end, we just didn’t have the pace.”
“We’re really happy to get a podium for Bentley! said Guy Smith of driving Car 10. "The car is a real fan favourite and we’ve had so much support for both of our entries. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our week here in Bathurst and we’ll definitely be back next year!”
The Bathurst 12 Hours is the opening round of the new-for-2016 SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge, which also comprises the Spa 24 Hours and the Sepang 12 Hours.
Bentley Motorsport will continue its 2016 programme with the opening round of the Blancpain GT Series. Follow the team on Twitter using @BentleyRacing. Read more about the Bentley Motorsport season here.