Bentley Takes Its Maiden Nürburgring Podium
Bentley Motorsport has taken second place in the opening round of the VLN series with Bentley Team ABT and its #38 Continental GT3, starting off the team’s Nürburgring 24 Hours campaign on the right foot.
Drivers Christer Jöns (DE), Chris Brück (DE) and Jordan Pepper (SA) piloted the 4.0-litre V8 twin turbocharged Bentley, using strategy and consistency to take Bentley’s first podium at the world-famous track.
The #37 sister car, with drivers Nico Verdonck (BE) and Christian Mamerow (DE), ran as high as fourth overall but had to settle for 12th as the chequered flag fell at the end of the four-hour VLN race.
VLN is a 10-round series that takes place on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, widely considered as the most gruelling and demanding race track in the world. The opening rounds are used by the leading GT3 teams and manufacturers as they prepare for Nürburgring 24 Hours, the most gruelling race on the global GT calendar.
“That was a great start to our campaign but we mustn’t think our work is done,” commented Bentley’s Director of Motorsport Brian Gush. “The Bentley Team ABT crew did a solid job but, as with every team here this weekend, we have areas to work on ahead of Nürburgring 24 Hours.
“We’ve added to the Bentley history books today by getting the first podium at the Nürburgring with the Continental GT3. The goal is to do what no other British manufacturer has done and win the Nürburgring 24 Hours, but we are well aware of how big that challenge is.”
The team will next race at the Nürburgring in VLN2, the second round of the championship, on 8 April.
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