Bentley Set For Sepang Debut

BY Azfar Hashim

A pair of works team Bentley Team M-Sport Continental GT3s to contest the final race of the season

The Bentley Continental GT3 makes its Sepang 12 Hours debut this weekend (12th December) as its two Bentley Team M-Sport works cars enter their final race of 2015 with sights set on the overall podium. In the #7 Continental GT3, Vincent Abril will join the Bentley Boys for the first time, as he steps up into the works team from the customer teams programme. The 20-year old from Monaco, co-winner of the 2015 Blancpain Sprint Series drivers’ title, joins his 2016 team-mates Guy Smith (GB) and Steven Kane (GB). The driver line-up in the #8 Continental GT3 remains unchanged from the Blancpain Endurance Series, with Andy Soucek (ES), Maximilian Buhk (DE) and Maxime Soulet (BE) continuing to race together.

Fans will also see the Bentley Continental GT V8 S road car - from which the GT3 racer is derived - on duty this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit as Bentley provides the safety car for the event. “Sepang 12 Hours gives us the opportunity to race in a region that is very important for Bentley,” explained Brian Gush, Director of Motorsport at Bentley. “In addition, it allows us to continue racing in the winter season and is good preparation for Bathurst 12 Hours in February.

20 year-old Vincent Abril will be behind the wheel of the GT3 racer this weekend

20 year-old Vincent Abril will be behind the wheel of the GT3 racer this weekend

The Sepang 12 Hours is the latest event to be adopted by the SRO, the organisation responsible for the resurgence of GT3 racing around the world, and from next year will be the final race of the inaugural Intercontinental GT Cup.