Victory for Bentley at Silverstone round of Blancpain Endurance Series
The notion of the ‘Bentley Boys’ is so engrained in the nation’s psyche that it’s difficult to believe that no factory-backed Bentley has raced on UK soil for 84 years. Well, until the weekend, that was when the M-Sport Bentley team took part in the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone. Historical honour was at stake; no pressure on the six drivers of the two cars, then…
Much to the delight of the home crowd, honour was upheld. Car number seven, the Continental GT3 driven by Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick and Steven Kane, came home in first place in the second round of 2014’s Blancpain Endurance Series held at Silverstone at the weekend.
Seven was a recurring figure; not only was it the car’s competition number, it was the position the car fell to after a drive-through penalty in the first stint. Guy Smith was one of eight drivers punished for not slowing enough under a yellow flag, but it wouldn’t stop the Bentley’s relentless hauling-in of the chequered flag.
In the end, Steven Kane took the lead from the McLaren MP4-12C run by ART Grand Prix in the final 15 minutes of the three-hour race. It wasn’t such a good afternoon for the sister car, number eight. An early incident where driver Jerome D’Ambrosio was pushed off the track saw it drop to 42nd place (exacerbated by a puncture and subsequent pitstop). In the end, the three drivers clawed their way up to 15th.
The next round of the Blancpain Endurance Series takes place at the Paul Ricard Circuit on 28 June. Will Bentley maintain its victorious streak?