Bentley Motors Ltd.

BENTLEY CELEBRATES SEASON FINALE WITH TWO CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND PLACES

Crewe (ots) -

- Cross-reference: Picture is available at 
  http://www.presseportal.de/galerie.htx?type=obs - 
   - Team M-Sport Bentley finishes 2nd in Blancpain Endurance Series
   - Bentley Boys Smith, Kane & Meyrick finish 2nd in Drivers'
     Championship 
   - Tough race sees Continental GT3 finish 5th and 7th in class
   - Successful end to debut season for Continental GT3 (Crewe, 22nd
     September 2014) 

   Bentley Motorsport and technical partner M-Sport celebrate the 
conclusion of the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series by securing second 
place in both the Team and Drivers Championships with a strong 
performance in very tough conditions at the iRacing.com Nürburgring 
1000 km. Battling through torrential rain to finish 8th and 12th 
overall, and 5th and 7th in class, the performance of the 
Continental GT3s and their drivers resulted in two championship 
runner-up results in the team and car's debut season. Starting the 
race weekend in joint second in the Teams Championship and third in 
the Drivers, the team knew that they would have to fight hard to 
improve their standing. The challenge was made harder by torrential 
rain for the first four hours of the six-hour race, which saw the 
Bentleys slip back from their starting positions but then recover 
well as the track dried. Bentley's Member of the Board for 
Engineering, Rolf Frech, comments: 

   "I am delighted that we fought so hard today and scored two great 
championship results. The weather made it very difficult for us, but 
the drivers and mechanics did an outstanding job and the championship
silverware is the right reward for their hard work over the season. 
For us to finish second in our debut season, with a brand new car, is
an achievement that I am very proud of. On behalf of the team, I'd 
like to congratulate Belgian Audi Club Team WRT and Laurens Vanthoor 
for their impressive win today and their victory in the championship.
Hopefully we can be back to resume the fight next year!" 
With two wins over the course of the season, including an historic 
win at Silverstone, the home of British motorsport, the team of Guy 
Smith, Andy Meyrick and Steven Kane in the #7 Continental GT3 were in
contention for the title but ultimately were delighted to be 
runners-up with the new car. Guy Smith comments: 

   "Finishing so well in the championship feels fantastic, but we 
were really made to work for it today. My two-hour stint at the start
was one of the toughest I've ever driven - the track was soaked, 
everyone was struggling for grip and we didn't have the perfect 
setup. However, we managed to stay in contention and Andy and Steven 
drove great stints to score us the vital 12 points for fifth in 
class. The result for the Team Championship is definitely the most 
satisfying - the team have given us a fantastic race car this year 
and I'm so happy that we could give them something in return."
    
   Bentley Boy Andy Meyrick drove the second stint while the rain 
continued to fall, and reflects: 
   
   "We knew today would be difficult, but the conditions on the track
exceeded even those expectations. Guy did a great job keeping us in 
the top ten before he handed the car to me, and while I was happy 
enough with my speed on track I had a spin and a really unfortunate 
drive-through penalty which hampered my progress. As with every race 
though, we got great strategy from the pit wall we recovered really 
well, and the reward is two championship trophies." 

   Steven Kane finished the race for #7 team, with an on-track pass 
in the last 30 minutes that proved vital: 

   "I was lucky enough to get to drive the car on a drying track, and
at the mid-point of my stint we made the call to switch to slicks. 
The car was instantly one of the fastest on the track, and I could 
push hard to chase down the Triple Eight car that was ahead of me. It
was only after I got past him that the team told that it was his 
fifth-in-class place that we needed to secure second place in the 
championship! It's been a phenomenal season and I'm looking forward 
to celebrating." 

   Bentley Motorsport now starts its preparation for the 2015 season,
details of which will be announced in due course. 

Contact:

Mike Sayer
Product and Motorsport Communications Manager
mike.sayer@bentley.co.uk
+44(0)7507 846782

Andrea Baker
Head of Media Communications
andrea.baker@bentley.co.uk
+44(0)7415 499252

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