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10 April 2016, Misano – #bentley Motorsport’s works team made its #blancpainsprintseries Cup debut at Misano, this weekend, and won the first race of the #event, putting the 8 #bentley Team M-Sport #continentalgt3 on pole for Sunday’s main competition.
Andy Soucek (ES) and Maxime Soulet (BE) chose to start Saturday’s one-hour night race on slick tyres, while all but one of the other 38 competitors started on wets, a decision that ultimately won #bentley Team M-Sport its debut Sprint Series Cup race.
Sunday’s main race was not so fortuitous for the British team. Running in third place, the 8 #continentalgt3 of Soulet was tapped from behind and sent spinning. An hour later, following a valiant charge, Soucek crossed the line in P11.
The 7 #continentalgt3 of Steven Kane (GB) and defending Sprint Series Cup champion Vince Abril (MO) started the main one-hour race from P20 and finished in P17.
“We struggled to match the qualifying pace, so we knew we had to rely on strategy to get a result in the races,” commented Bentley’s Director of Motorsport Brian Gush. “We took a gamble with tyres with car number eight and it paid off. We would have liked to have come away with more points but, given the circumstances this weekend, I think we did the best job we could.”
The Blancpain GT Series continues at Monza in a fortnight for the first of five endurance races. #bentley Team M-Sport will continue with its two Continental GT3s and the drivers will be joined by Guy Smith (GB) and Wolfgang Reip (BE).
The no. 8 Continental GT3 in the night race
The qualifying race podium
Maxime Soulet and Andy Soucek
The no. 7 Continental GT3 of Kane and Abril
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