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Bentley Names Driver Lineup For Gulf 12 Hours

Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick, Steven Kane named Bentley factory drivers…

Photo: Bentley

Photo: Bentley

Bentley confirmed Thursday its  lineup of factory drivers that will spearhead the manufacturer’s return to motorsports, beginning with next month’s Gulf 12 Hours.

Former American Le Mans Series champion Guy Smith, who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Bentley in 2003, will join fellow Brit Andy Meyrick and Irishman Steven Kane in the V8-powered beast for the pair of six-hour enduros at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

All three drivers have already played a key role in the development of the car, which will compete in the Blancpain Endurance Series next year run under the Team M-Sport Bentley banner.

“After completing development and endurance testing on a variety of race tracks around Europe since we unveiled the car at Goodwood in July, we’re confident that the Continental GT3 is prepared for its first test race,” said Bentley’s director of motorsport Brian Gush.

“While the development work never stops, we feel ready to take on the competition for the first time in Abu Dhabi. I’m delighted with our driver selection, and in Guy, Steven and Andy we have world-class talent. All at Team M-Sport Bentley are thrilled to be racing next month.”

More than 30 cars are expected for the third running of the Gulf 12 Hours, scheduled for Dec. 11-13.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Marc

    November 14, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Really is a great lineup, will miss seeing Guy in the US.. But good luck to them all.

  2. Bakkster

    November 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Are there any conflicts between BES and TUSC that would pull Meyrick off the DeltaWing?

    Also, is this ‘breaking up the band’ at Dyson as well?

    • Carl Rodriguez

      November 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      The band has pretty much already been broken up over at Dyson. With their P1 car outlawed, Mazda starting their own factory team, and less than 90 days till Daytona, the only way we’ll see them is as a supportive effort with another team. Guy shipping off to Bentley just makes it seem more likely that Dyson might sit out, at least for 2014.

  3. Anthony

    November 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    That’s correct, but in GT3 you’re not held to a strict homologation as you are with ACO GT/GTLM. That explains its growth, OEM’s are no longer shackled to building a market rival to manufacturers like Ferrari and Porsche.

    Its managing that growth and too bad TUSCC is about to drop the ball yet again on FIA GT3; just to placate Porsche, specifically Porsche Motorsports North America.

    That is the main reason we will not ass the Bentley Conti GT stateside, not in the TUSCC. A shame too because while we’ll reach subscription in GT-D anyway, its mostly because almost half the field is Porsche 911 Americas.

    Who benefits?

  4. Marcel

    November 15, 2013 at 4:41 am

    They should also consider hiring a better photoshop artist. Car and driver shadows aren’t even close to being aligned. 😉

  5. Chopper T

    November 15, 2013 at 9:46 am

    how much R8 is under that skin?

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