Bentley is gradually getting its motorsport groove back as Bentley boys Guy Smith, Steven Kane and Matt Bell score a respectable place for the Bentley Continental GT3 at the grueling Bathurst 12 Hours race in Australia. The big fat race car a fourth-place finish overall and third in Pro class.
The #10 Bentley Continental GT3 demonstrated promising performance at Bathurst, leading the race in the final hour, only to be defeated in the final two laps by the #35 Nissan. Two subsequent contacts with chasing cars that forced driver Matt Bell off the line resulted in losing two other places, and so the Conti crossed the line in fourth place.
The thing we are far more interested in than the result of the race is how great the Bentley Continental GT3 looked battling all those slim and nimble racing cars. It looks out of place on the race track, and yet somehow it belongs!
Brian Gush, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, comments: “We came to Bathurst to show the pace of the Continental GT3 over one of the toughest endurance races in the word. While we’ll leave here knowing we’ve succeeded in that mission, and proud of finishing in the top five, we also know it could’ve and should’ve been more. The Bentley Boys drove an outstanding race and it’s very tough to see their efforts undone on the closing lap by what appeared to be unsportsmanlike driving.”