Last weekend, Bentley Team M-Sport finished up the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series with a podium finish at Nürburgring.  It was a great finish to a great season, but Bentley had hopes it could’ve been even better.

Coming in to the weekend, Bentley was sitting in 2nd in points in the Team Championship and the #7 Bentley Continental GT3 team of Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick and Steven Kane were in 2nd place in the PRO Cup Drivers’ Championship.  Depending on how the competition finished, a strong finish from the #7 car could’ve delivered two championships to Bentley.

It was Bentley’s second trip to the Nürburgring this season, as they competed in the 24 hours of Nürburgring earlier this season.  This time the format was a three hour race.  Joining the #7 car was the Andy Soucek, Maxi Buhk, and Maxime Soulet driving Bentley M-Sports second car, albeit now wearing the Le Mans winning #31 instead of #8.

Bentley GT3 at Blancpain Nurburgring, 19 & 20 September 2015 Photo: James Lipman

Bentley GT3 at Blancpain Nurburgring, 19 & 20 September 2015
Photo: James Lipman

With 45 minutes remaining in the race, Steven Kane was in third place with car #7 and was chasing the lead car.  He managed the fastest lap of the race as worked to get by the second place Nissan GTR.  Despite the team’s effort and Kane’s fast lap times, the #7 car ran out of time and would have to settle for second.  The #31 Bentley wasn’t far behind, finishing in fifth.

The result brings an end to the season and earns Bentley 2nd place in the Team Championship.  Smith, Meyrick, and Kane finished second in the PRO Cup Championship.

“We couldn’t have asked for more from our car, team or drivers today or, for that matter, all season,” said Bentley’s Director of Motorsport Brian Gush after the race.  “We knew it was a tall-order to clinch the titles and I’m impressed with how close we came today. Everyone in the team dug deep and gave it their all and that makes me extremely proud.

Driver of the #7 Bentley, Guy Smith, was disappointed to have come so close.  “The Bentley Continental GT3 has been incredibly strong all season and the team has done a great job to give us a fantastic car at every round. It’s disappointing to come so close to the championship titles but we are proud of everything to team has achieved in just two years.”

Bentley isn’t completely done racing yet, as they will be in action at the 12 Hours of Sepang on December 12, 2015.

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