In its first outing, Bentley and Absolute Racing have scored a second-place finish at the first event at the Shanghai stop of the 2014 GT Asia Series.  Drivers Jean Karl Vernay and Gilles Vannelet built upon a strong qualifying session, moving into the lead on just the first corner of the race, before being overtaken during a late pit stop.  During the second event of the weekend, the Bentley was again at the head of the pack, before a pit-stop ignition recycle pushed the car back to fourth place.

Read the full Press Release below.
  • Bentley and Absolute Racing score second-place finish in Shanghai
  • Continental GT3 proves popular with Chinese fans
  • Team hopes for another strong performance to come in Macau

(Crewe / Shanghai)  Bentley’s race-winning Continental GT3 achieves second place in the 11 th  round of the 2014 GT Asia Series, held in Shanghai. With an impressive performance on its race debut in China, the Continental GT3 continues to write a new chapter in the history of the brand.

Bentley Motorsport’s partner in China, Absolute Racing, recently took delivery of a new Continental GT3 and it was their professional GT racer Jean Karl Vernay that started from fifth place in the #4 Bentley. Vernay used his driving skills and GT experience to make a very successful start, and after the first corner, the #4 Continental GT3 had moved to the front of the pack. Vernay remained in first place before pitting on lap 13 and being replaced by the gentleman driver Gilles Vannelet. The Continental GT3 rejoined the track in second place, and despite some great fights with the leader, Vannelet had to settle with finishing second.

Bentley's Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, commented after the race:

“The Continental GT3 performed well today, and both drivers did a very good job. Absolute Racing prepared the car to a high standard and the team is excited about the strong performance of the car in its circuit debut in China – a podium in its first outing with GT Asia is a result to be proud of. I’m looking forward to seeing the Continental GT3 race in Macau in a few weeks.”

Ingo Matter, Managing Director of Absolute Racing, commented:

“The Bentley Continental GT3 was terrific. We are very pleased with how the car uses its tyres, and our traction at the start allowed us to take the lead immediately. Importantly, we also scored the fastest lap with a 1’47’’853, which bodes well for the future. With the data we’ve collected this weekend, we are expecting our competition with the Continental GT3 in China to be a success.”

In round 12 of the GT Asia series the following day, the Continental GT3 again performed well. Leading for most of the race, a problem during a pit-stop that required an ignition recycle meant the car finished 4 th , despite being the quickest car in the field.

Absolute Racing and Bentley Motorsport now look forward to the finale of the GT Asia series in Macau, over 14 th -16 th  November.