British motorsport history will be made next weekend as two factory-affiliated Bentleys take to the track in the UK for the first time in more than 80 years.
The Continental GT3s will head to Silverstone for the second race of the Blancpain Endurance Series, after coming seventh and eight in the opening round at Monza.
Driven by an M-Sport team of six modern-day Bentley Boys, practice sessions will take place on Saturday 24th May, with qualifying and the three-hour race following on the Sunday.
It’ll be the first time Bentley Motorsport has competed on the British Isles since the RAC Tourist Trophy race at Ards near Belfast on 23rd August 1930. With the highest-placed Bentley finishing in 11th place, Bentley’s director of motorsport, Brain Gush, is hoping for better luck this time.
“The team has come a long way since the first race. As a new team, we learnt a great deal over the race weekend at Monza and we’ve had time to work on every area for improvement. We’re expecting the Continental GT3 to be well-suited to the long, fast corners of Silverstone so I’m hopeful of another strong finish in the points.”
The number seven Bentley Continental GT3 finished in eighth position at Monza, with the all-british time hoping to raise the bar at their home track. The team consists of Guy Smith, Steven Kane and Andy Meyrick, who comments:
“The Silverstone race weekend is set to be really exciting for us as a team. If the car is fast here, it’ll give us real confidence for the rest of the season. Racing in the UK in any car is always fantastic – to do it in a Bentley makes it incredibly special. We really want to give the British fans something to cheer about.”
Number eight Bentley Continental GT3 is driven by a team of Jérôme D’Ambrosio, Antoine Leclerc and Duncan Tappy, who came a step ahead of the British team in the last round.
Tappy said: “We’re expecting a good crowd, and particularly a large turnout from the Bentley factory in Crewe. It’s a real honour to be one of the drivers bringing Bentley back to racing in the UK again.”
The number eight Bentley Continental GT3 came seventh in the last round. It’s driven by Jérôme D’Ambrosio, Antoine Leclerc and Duncan Tappy.