Bentley Team HTP was rewarded with a good amount of points. The team campaigned two Bentley Continental GT3 in the third round of the Blancpain Sprint Series at Zolder in Belgium. Maximilian Buhk (D)/Vincent Abril (F) claimed the first two podium positions for Bentley in the Sprint Series and finished third and second at Zolder, Jules Szymkowiak (NL)/Tom Dillmann (F) scored a double victory in the Silver Cup reserved for young drivers.
“Our drivers and the entire team showed a great performance in Belgium“, Bentley Team HTP team principal Norbert Brückner was pleased with the results. “We drove strong races and we are satisfied with our first podium finish in the Sprint Series.”
Silverware and champagne at Zolder Buhk/Abril managed to convert their great speed in Belgium into podium finishes. The Bentley drivers built the foundation of their good weekend with a third place in the qualifying race. In Sunday’s feature race, Abril fell back at the beginning, but soon recovered and worked back. Halfway through the race, Buhk took over from Abril and finally secured second place.
“I am happy with our success in Zolder.” said Buhk “Our two podium finishes are a top result. In the qualifying race we only nearly missed the second place. In the feature race, Vincent has been very strong in the first stint. I pushed in the second half of the race and successfully held off a BMW.“
In the second Bentley Continental GT3, Tom Dillmann made a strong debut at Bentley Team HTP. Together with Jules Szymkowiak, the young Frenchman finished eighth in the qualifying race. The result in the feature race was even better, when they saw the chequered flag in sixth position. In both races, Szymkowiak/Dillmann won the Silver Cup reserved for Young Drivers, giving Bentley Team HTP four class wins in a row.
Jules Szymkowiak: “With sixth place and two wins in the Silver Cup, the weekend ended very well for us. Already in the qualifying race we had a good chance to finish sixth, but a I lost grip and that unfortunately enabled to competitors to pass me.“
“My first race weekend in GT3 racing went really well” said Tom Dillmann, ‘Jules and I had a solid weekend in Zolder. I hope I can continue this progress in the next races.“