Bentley announces 24 Hours of Spa line up
Bentley Motorsport’s Centenary celebrations come to a climax at the 24 Hours of Spa next month (26-28 July) as it enters four works team Continental GT3s and one customer team entry, making it the largest field of Bentleys ever in the world’s biggest GT3 race.
The 12 professional racing drivers representing the brand comprise five long-term works team racers; four of the world’s leading endurance drivers; and three talents promoted from Bentley’s global customer teams.
With the first 11 drivers revealed earlier this year, Pipo Derani is the final driver joining the line-up. The 25-year old Brazilian already has an incredible endurance racing resume, with one Daytona 24 Hours and no less than three Sebring 12 Hours wins to his name.
Derani will join Spanish drivers Andy Soucek and Lucas Ordonez in car number 110. The number 107 line-up of Steven Kane (GBR), Jules Gounon (FRA) and Jordan Pepper (ZAF) remains unchanged. Maxime Soulet (BEL) is joined in car number 108 by Alex Buncombe (GBR) and Markus Palttala (FIN). And, car number 109 comprises Rodrigo Baptista (BRA), Callum Macleod (GBR) and Seb Morris (GBR).
With Morris moving up to the works team and Team Parker Racing requiring four racers in Pro-Am, Ryan Ratcliffe (GBR) and Glynn Geddie (GBR) will step-up from British GT duties to race alongside Brits Derek Pierce and former Bentley works team racer Andy Meyrick.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport Brian Gush commented: “Bentley celebrates its 100th birthday on 19th July so it seems fitting for us, in the same month, to field four Continental GT3s capable of winning the 24 Hours of Spa outright. We’ve selected our line-up very carefully – choosing drivers who are both fast but also reliable – and we have spent the first half of the season ensuring they have had race-relevant seat time. We are very happy with our 12 drivers and we’re looking forward to fighting for the overall race win.
“Team Parker Racing has a good line-up in the Pro-Am class and we are looking forward to supporting them as they challenge for the class win. They have always been fast here – previously taking the class pole position with the first generation Continental GT3 – so we hope luck is on their side when the flag drops.”
Car 107: Steven Kane (GBR), Jules Gounon (FRA) and Jordan Pepper (ZAF)
Car 108: Maxime Soulet (BEL), Markus Palttala (FIN) and Alex Buncombe (GBR)
Car 109: Rodrigo Baptista (BRA), Seb Morris (GBR) and Callum Macleod (GBR)
Car 110: Andy Soucek (ESP), Lucas Ordonez (ESP) and Pipo Derani (BRA)