Bentley Team HTP claimed the first victory for Bentley in the Blancpain Sprint Series at the fourth round of the championship at Moscow Raceway. Maximilian Buhk/Vincent Abril celebrated their maiden victory in the Bentley Continental GT3, while Jules Szymkowiak/Max van Splunteren claimed the win in the Silver Cup reserved for young drivers in a second Bentley.
The HTP youngsters Buhk and Abril showed a great performance in the first race of the Sprint Series on Russian soil. A third place finish in the qualifying race laid the perfect foundation for the feature race. Starting from third, Abril quickly took the lead after a great start and immediately created a gap. Buhk took over the Bentley Continental GT3 from the Monegasque driver halfway through the race and eventually secured the victory in the 60-minute race. After 36 laps, Buhk took the chequered flag with a margin of more then seven seconds. Due to their great performance in Russia, Buhk/Abril are now second in the drivers championship with three races to go.
Jules Szymkowiak and Max van Splunteren enhanced HTP´s success in Russia with a Silver Cup class victory in a flawless first common race of the two Dutchman. They finished tenth overall in van Splunteren´s maiden weekend with Bentley Team HTP.
Vincent Abril: “This weekend we raced hard and capitalised on the great performance of the Bentley. I did not have to look in the rear-view mirror and simply raced. This is my first win in Blancpain Series Sprint and hopefully not my last. I am so happy about our success. Big thanks to the whole team, especially to my teammate Maximilian Buhk who has helped me improve. From him I can still learn a lot. “
Maximilian Buhk: “It’s a great feeling to be back on top of the podium. At the start of the season we had a new car, we learned a lot and now the successes come. We are very happy. This is a great success for the whole team.”
Max van Splunteren: “The Blancpain Sprint Series is a great championship. I must thank Bentley and HTP for this opportunity. As a young driver you can learn much from more experienced drivers. I had a good start, but was then overtaken by some Audis. Still, I was happy with my performance.”