Bentley Continental GT3s at Bathurst 12 Hours
This past weekend’s Bathurst 12 Hours was a strong race for British contenders. A McLaren 650S GT3 took home the victory in the Pro class and the Bentley Continental GT3 showed its potential with a podium finish.
For Bentley it was the Number 10 Team M-Sport car that had the most success at the Mount Panorama circuit. The car managed to lead the race for over an hour before it came back in the pack to finish in third place.
“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.”
Matt Bell, co-driver of the Number 10 Bentley Continental GT3 said: “It feels great to be on the podium. It’s especially rewarding as we missed out so narrowly last year. The car was fantastic all week. When you are on a track as demanding as this, you need to have confidence in your car so you can keep pushing throughout.”
Steven Kane, co-driver of the Number 10 Bentley Continental GT3: said “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.”
With the 12 hour endurance race in the rear view mirror teams will work for the next few months on getting the cars ready for the next stage of the SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge series. They have all the way until July 30th for the 24 Hours of Spa which should be an entertaining race.