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Bentley Team HTP scored another strong result in its second 24-hour race with the Bentley Continental GT3. At the 24 hours of Spa in Belgium, the premier endurance race for GT cars, the Team finished fifth in the Pro Class making them the best placed Bentley in the race and also meaning that Primat,Abril Parisy claimed the best result of a Bentley in the history of the , which dates back to 1924.
The 24 hours of Spa were marked by difficult conditions. Heavy rain and many safety car periods in the opening stages, followed by low temperatures and fog at night made the demanding race an even greater challenge for the team and drivers. During the early safety car periods, Primat/Abril/Parisy lost two laps and also had to serve a penalty, but had a clean race after that and even scored the fastest race lap of a Bentley. Eventually they finished fifth in the Pro Class behind factory entries from BMW and Audi.
Also the second HTP-Bentley Continental GT3 had a good start. Machiels/Hamprecht/Schmid/Van Splunteren drove a flawless race in difficult conditions. They moved up to seventh in class in the opening hours in a heavy contested class with 22 competitors. The Bentley quartet then fought for a top ten position, before a technical issue after of 150 laps brought a premature end to their race.
“Fifth place in the Pro Class behind four works cars is a great result. For the second time in a 24-hour race we had the highest placed Bentley, this makes us really proud“, Bentley Team HTP team principal Norbert Brückner said. “The team did an excellent job and the drivers didn’t made any mistakes. I’m sorry for our Pro Am team. Louis Machiels with his great amount of experience in Spa was a great addition for our young drivers. Without the technical issue, I’m sure that we certainly had chances for a Pro Am podium at the end.“
“This result now is a nice reward. It was hard work, we had to go through the rain and all that.” added Harold Primat “We are the best Bentley out of four that started, and that is a great result for us. We now have two strong 24-hour results with Bentley. This shows how good this team is at the big races and this makes me happy to be part of it.”