While Adderly Fong and Absolute Racing were busy winning in Wisconsin, Bentley’s Works team was taking it to the competition in France at the Paul Ricard 1,000kms. The Blancpain GT Series event started at 6pm at Paul Ricard in Southern France and lasted until Midnight.
As they have this entire season, Bentley had two Continental GT3s entered. The #8 qualified in eighth out of a field of more than 50 cars. The team of Andy Soucek, Maxime Soulet and Vince Abril pushed steadily through the field, ultimately assuming the race lead.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, called the #8 team’s performance “a perfect race.” With help from the crew via perfect pit stops and a car that was rock solid reliable, the Soucek, Soulet and Abril cruised to the checkered flag in what is one of the high points of the racing season so far.
“It was perfect! The car was perfect, the strategy was perfect, the pit crew was perfect and my team-mates were perfect. All the elements that we know we have all came together and we achieved what we always knew we were capable of.” – Andy Soucek
Unfortunately for the #7 car, mechanical issues appeared and the car was forced to retire with less than an hour remaining. The car, driven by Guy Smith, Oliver Jarvis and Steven Kane, had pace with the field, lapping as high as third place before withdrawing.
“It’s always great to take a race win but when you do it so cleanly it makes it all the more rewarding,” commented Gush. “It was a perfect race for the number eight team, which has not only delivered a great result here but has put us in a confident position going into the 24 Hours of Spa.”