Bentley confirms two cars, drivers for B12hr

BENTLEY Motorsport will return to the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour with a pair of second-generation Continental GT3 entries in 2019. 

Bentley Team M-Sport will again operate the program that will see the famous British brand tackle both the Intercontinental GT Challenge and Blancpain GT Endurance Series in 2019 – their program commencing with Australia’s International Enduro.

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The team has retained all six of their existing works drivers for 2019: Vincent Abril (Monaco), Jules Gounon (France), Steven Kane (Great Britain), Jordan Pepper (South Africa), Andy Soucek (Spain) and Maxime Soulet (Belgium) to fill the Bentley Team M-Sport entries at Mount Panorama.

“The Intercontinental GT Challenge allows us to extend our programme outside of Europe, which is vital to reflect the global presence of our brand,” said Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush.

“I’m pleased that we’ve retained all of our six works team drivers for 2019, and we will run at least one car at the 24 Hours of Spa with the top drivers promoted from our global customer team programme. Once these are confirmed, we will look at our options for the fourth car. The most important thing for us as a brand is that we have four driver teams capable of winning the race.

“As in previous years, Bentley Team M-Sport drivers will be available to our customer teams in 2019. So far, they have supported our teams racing in Super GT, Pirelli World Challenge, the British GT Championship, GT Masters and the Blancpain GT Series Asia, sharing valueable experience and knowledge.”

Bentley endured a tough 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour in what would be a farewell to their remarkable first-generation Continental GT3, though the car did taste success at Mount Panorama.

The brand finished third outright in both 2016 and 2017 and narrowly missed the podium a year prior to that.

Bentley Team M-Sport is yet to confirm which three drivers will be in each car, though only South African young-gun Jordan Pepper lacks experience at Mount Panorama.