“Bentley really wants us to challenge car No. 7 and put some pressure on them.” – Andy Soucek
In March, 29-year-old Spaniard Andy Soucek was formally presented to the global press as an official Bentley Factory Driver. The president of the Royal Spanish Automobile Federation, Carlos Gracia, was present, as well as Spanish media covering the sports and automobile sectors. The event was hosted by Javier Arias, General Manager of Bentley Spain, who referred to Bentley’s long tradition in motorsport and pointed out the importance of the decision to make Andy Soucek the first Spanish “Bentley Boy” to represent the prestigious brand around the globe.
It’s Bentley’s heritage that drove Soucek to choose Team Bentley over other opportunities. That heritage is engrained in Bentley’s still new GT racing program and it’s this heritage that caused the manufacturer to launch an all out effort at Le Mans in 2003, winning for the first time in 73 years.
Soucek came to Bentley via racing stints with McLaren and Aston Martin last season. At Bentley, Andy Soucek will compete for the M-Sport factory squad in the Blancpain Endurance Series, trying to give the sister No. 7 car a run for its money. He is quick to point out that Bentley Motorsport’s main goal is to win the title in the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series Season, which is one of the most challenging GT series in the world. Soucek will be driving the #8 Continental GT3 with teammates Max Buhk and Maxime Soulet.
“I was racing with McLaren for two years and then I tried two races with Aston Martin, just to see how the car was, how the team was,” Soucek told Sportscar365.
He almost signed with Aston again, but the team wasn’t able to make a timely decision on giving him a seat, so he went for Team Bentley, which is a decision he doesn’t regret.
“Looking at the whole package, Bentley was the best deal possible,” he said. “It’s going to be a real challenge with all the new cars coming out and the extremely good entry in the Pro Cup.
In that same interview, Soucek sounded is very positive about the Continental GT3, despite only having a hand full of testing days under his belt.
“The Continental clearly has more downforce in the fast corners than the Aston Martin and McLaren, but on the other hand it feels a bit more heavier in the slower sections,” he said. “It’s not because of the weight, but the way the car was designed. It’s huge; we run the same tires rear and front, while the McLaren and Aston had bigger ones at the rear.
In the end, he would still pick the Continental, saying, “If I had to choose between these three cars I’d pick the Bentley.”
Source: Sportscar365 and M-Sport Team Bentley