M-Sport Bentley has secured the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, despite the race car and the new race team competing only in their second event. The #7 Continental GT3 car piloted by Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick and Steven Kane secured first place even after being hit with a drive-through penalty in the first hour.
That penalty left the #7 Continental GT3 in seventh place. However, Kane’s perfect driving and pit-stops enabled him to take the lead with just 15 minutes remaining in the three-hour race. He was able to keep his pace and maintain a two-second gap against the #99 McLaren of Andy Soucek.
Minutes went by and Kane and the #7 Continental GT3 crossed the finish line ahead of everyone – to the delight of the M-Sport Bentley team and the British fans.
Rolf Frech, member of the Board for Engineering at Bentley, remarked that while they knew that the Continental GT3 was a potential race winner, being able to capture first place in its second race “feels very special.” He remarked that the victory at the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series is a result of an outstanding effort by the whole team.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, quipped that the second round of Series was a hard-fought race, especially that Smith took the drive-through penalty in the first hour of the contest. He noted that the aside from a very strong car and impeccable drivers, the team also has a pit stop crew that recorded their best times.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, adds: “That was a hard-fought race. When Guy took the drive-through penalty in the first hour, we knew we had the pace to get back on the podium, and we were determined to do so. The car was very strong, the drivers were impeccable and the pit stop crew recorded their best ever times – including their practices over the last month! The Continental GT3’s strength is in long, fast corners, and our pace here will hopefully translate in to good speed at the other rounds of the championship. In the meantime, a maiden victory at the home of British motorsport feels fantastic.”