It was successful and busy weekend for Bentley Team HTP who was racing four Bentley Continental GT3s in two different countries with eight drivers. The team was competing cars in both the ADAC GT Masters series and the Blancpain Sprint Series.
In Belgium, a Bentley Continental GT3 with Maximilian Buhk and Vincent Abril at the wheel grabbed a second and third place finish for Bentley Team HTP. These two podium finishes are the first two podiums for Bentley in the series this year. In the Silver Cup class, which is reserved for young drivers, Jules Szymkowiak and brand new GT driver Tom Dillmann scored a double victory in the two sprint races. Dillman was replacing Olivier Lombard, who was unavailable to drive this weekend.
Buhk and Abril were really fast in their first race of the weekend, coming in third. In Sunday’s second feature, Abril initially dropped backwards before finding his grove and working his way back through the field. At the halfway point, Buhk took over and drove the car to a second place finish.
Tom Dillman was making his debut with Bentley Team HTP. With his co-driver Szymkowiak, they finished eight in the weekend’s first event, but first in Silver Cup. They followed that up on Sunday with a sixth place finish and a first in their class. Their two wins gave Bentley Team HTP it’s third and fourth class wins in a row.
In the ADAC GT Masters, expectations were high for the two races because of the fact that Bentley had won the series opener back in April. Luca Stolz and Jeroen Bleekemolen drover car #7 and Clemens Schmidt and Fabian Hamprecht drove car #8.
Things started out well for the #7 car, but after a small “off”, Stolz and Bleekemolen would finish 13th. They came back strong in the second event on Sunday. After starting from 12th, they worked their way up to a fifth place finish. The race winning Lamborghini was a guest entry not eligible for championship points, so Stolz and Bleekemolen officially finished fourth in championship points.
In car #8, Schmid and Hamprecht would retire due to a technical issue with their car during the first race. Starting far back on Sunday, they would work their way to 8th at the finish, collecting some valuable championship points along the way.
“Our drivers and the entire team showed a great performance in Belgium and in Austria,” said Bentley Team HTP team principal Norbert Brückner. “In both series we drove strong races and we are satisfied with our first podium finish in the Sprint Series and another good point haul in ADAC GT Masters.”
Source: Bentley Team HTP and Twitter