Bentley prepares for the debut of the Continental GT3 second generation racing coupeApril 20, 2018
Bentley’s Team M-Sport this year will defend the title of champion in the racing series Blancpain GT Series. The weapon in this battle will be a new racing model of the British brand – the Continental GT3 coupe of the second generation.
The debut of the second generation of the Continental GT3 will be held on the high-speed Italian track in Monza, which traditionally makes special demands on the engine and brakes. Bentley Team M-Sport will put two cars on the race: the car numbered 7 will be run by Guy Smith, Stephen Caine and Jules Gunon, the car numbered 8 will lead to the battle Andy Soucek, Maxim Sule and Vincent Abril.
The team’s pilots are sure that the Continental GT3 of the second generation has great potential, although it differs significantly from the time-tested car. And although in the off-season the car has overcome a lot of test kilometers, the racers primarily intend to see the checkered flag. Last year the fastest Continental GT3 of the first generation became the sixth in Monza, and this time the team pilots are going to improve this result.
Also in the race will participate and car Bentley Continental GT3 of the first generation: it prepares the client team Bentley – Team Parker Racing, which after a one-year pause returned to the championship. At the wheel of the car will be the champion of the British GT series Seb Morris, who achieved success with Team Parker Racing, Derek Pierce, and also the current European Le Mans Series GTE series champion Rob Smith. The team will perform in the Pro / Am class.
In the racing series Blancpain GT Series, 10 automakers and 26 crews take part. The head of the Bentley motor sport division, Brian Gash, is confident that this year the new machine will actively develop, but the high results on the tests should not relax.
The stage in Monza will be the first among the five European races that entered the Blancpain GT Series championship. The green signal of the traffic light, informing the pilots about the beginning of the race weekend, will light up at the end of the pit lane on April 20, at 10 am local time. On Saturday, April 21, will pass preliminary qualification. The main qualification will begin on April 22 at 09:45 local time, but the green traffic lights on the starting line, which will notify the pilots about the start of the race, will light up on April 22 at 15:00 local time.
Look at the new Continental GT in the business you can during the qualification and race on the website of the racing Blancpain GT, as well as on the official Facebook page of the series.