It was a successful weekend for Bentley Team HTP Motorsport as they reeled in two podium finishes in two different countries. For the #83 and #84 car, it was the second to last race of the season for the Blancpain Sprint Series. For Bentley Continental #7 and #8, it was the last round of the ADAC GT Masters series.
In Italy, the team had cars #83 and #84 in competition at Misano in the Blancpain Sprint Series. The #83 car driven by Max van Splunteren and Jules Szymkowiak had a short weekend after an accident in the qualifying race. With Szymkowiak at the wheel, the #83 Bentley made contact with a competitor that resulted in Szymkowiak’s Bentley hitting the wall. The Continental GT3 couldn’t be repaired in time for Sunday’s event.
Thing went a much better for Maxi Buhk and Vincent Abril. A great performance in qualifying had the duo set up for fantastic race, which concluded with a second place in the main race.
“I had a perfect start and a good first lap. After that, I had a nice battle with the Lamborghini and waited for him to make a mistake. After I managed to overtake him, I tried to drive away,” said Buhk.
And he should be please with his efforts as he and his teammate Abril are now only 8 points out of first place with one race to go in the Championship.
A second crew of Bentley Team HTP cars were at Hockenheimring for the final of the ADAC Masters series. Driving the #7 Bentley Continental GT3 were Luca Stolz and Tom Dillmann. The #8 Bentley was piloted by Fabian Hamprecht and Clemens Schmid.
Saturday’s event couldn’t have went better for Hamprecht and Schmid. The drove their Continental from seventh up to second place. Stolz and Dillman started on the pole but had to withdraw from the race while running in first place.
In Sunday’s race, Hamprecht and Schmid did not cross the finish line in their Bentley Continental GT3. In the final race of the season, Stolz and Dillmann finished in 11th place.
“All-in-all we had a successful weekend with podiums both in Hockenheim and Misano. It is a great achievement by the team to get on the podium at two different race meetings in one weekend”, said Bentley Team HTP Principal Norbert Brückner. “We have everything going for us now in the Sprint Series and are in a good position for the title. It is just a shame for Jules and Max for not having been able to start the race on Sunday.”
The final round of the Blancpain Sprint Series will already take place this coming weekend from 9th until 11th October in Zandvoort, Netherlands.
Source & Photo Credit: HTP Motorsport