The boys from Crewe have done it in Mount Panorama. Bentley, who contested the opening round of the 2020 Intercontinental GT Challenge in Bathurst, ended up taking the overall victory in that race. The Continental GT3 piloted by Maxime Soulet, Jordan Pepper and Jules Gounon started out in P11 but crept up the grid to claim the chequered flag.
The trio performed world-class stints behind the wheel of their 4.0-litre V8-engined Continental. According to a report by the brand, the car ran flawlessly as did the crew. This allowed the racer from Crewe to hold P1 for around seven hours, which as anyone can tell you, is no easy feat at all.
“What a weekend. Our crew has been pushed to its limits but shown that whatever racing throws at you, you must never give up. It’s been a long-deserved Intercontinental GT Challenge win for our Continental GT3 – we’ve been in contention many times, especially here at Bathurst, so it feels good to finally make it stick. It’s a great way to start our season and we hope it is a sign of things to come for our customer teams around the world as we embark on our largest motorsport programme to date” commented Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Paul Williams.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, Bentley was busy ice racing in Zell am See, Austria with a specially-modified Continental GT. The W12-powered car, piloted by Junior World Rally Championship driver Catie Munnings, took part in several timed runs, demo laps and then teamed up with professional Bomber skier Sven Rauber for a demonstration of skijoring, where a skier is towed at speed behind a car in a tradition dating back to the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, when skiers were drawn by riderless horses.
Overall, a great weekend of racing for the guys from Crewe. Bentley and M-Sport are slated to return to the arena of motorsports for the 24 Hours of Spa in July for the next round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge with customer racing teams and the new Bentley Motorsport Academy. The Ice race GT on the other hand will return to Britain, but will make an appearance at the Geneva Motorshow in March.