For the first time in 84 years, a factory-supported Bentley team won a motor race in Britain when the number 7 M-Sport Continental GT3 took a famous victory at the Silverstone 3-Hours.
Driven by Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick and Steven Kane, the Bentley took the lead of the race – which is the British round of the Blancpain Endurance Series – with just 20 minutes remaining and saw off the challenge of the #99 ART Grand Prix McLaren of Andy Soucek, Kevin Estre and Kevin Korjus to win and score a hugely popular victory.
Bentley are making a return to international GT racing this season with their Continental GT3 car.
The marque had not been seen in international competition here in Britain since the 1930s, and Bentley has not been seen on-track since the Buckingham-based EXP Speed 8 project won Le Mans over 10 years ago back in 2003.
Steven Kane was driving the mighty number 7 car when it took the lead, and he said afterwards: “This is a great day for Bentley. Victory at Silverstone is great for everyone involved with the team. We hope we can repeat the success again later this season.”
Guy Smith won Le Mans with Bentley back in 2003 and was proud to be driving the winning Bentley at Silverstone last weekend, saying: “Bentley is such an iconic brand and to win at Silverstone with British fans cheering was an amazing feeling. This is something special for British motorsport and I’m really happy to be part of this project.”
Silverstone is the regular host of the British round of the Blancpain Endurance Series and will stage the event again next season. Forty-three cars started Sunday’s race that also included Ferrari, Aston Martin, Audi, Jaguar, McLaren and Porsche cars.
GT cars will be in action at Silverstone again tomorrow, Sunday, when the Avon Tyres British GT Championship visits the local track.
Competitors will race in a three-hour endurance event on Sunday afternoon.