Bentley faces 24 hours of The Green Hell

By JAY WONG | 12 May 2015

LONDON: A trio of Bentley Continental GT3 cars will contest in this weekend’s upcoming ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race, held on Germany’s infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife.

A pair of Works Bentleys will contest the race along with a third car entered by Bentley’s European Works-Supported operation - Bentley Team HTP.

The two Works cars may be from the same team, but will feature different liveries.

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The number 85 car will use a green livery based on the Bentley Speed 8 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003 and will be piloted by three British Bentley Boys – Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick and Steven Kane.

The second Works car, number 84, will take on Bentley’s standard Works livery and will be helmed by Nordschleife specialists Jeroen Bleekemolen and former Nürburgring 24-hour victors Christian Menzel and Lance David Arnold

Arnold will be made available to drive for number 85 with Christopher Brück available to stand-in for number 84, depending on race conditions and progress.

“Competing in this famous race was one of the key targets when we started our racing programme two years ago. The challenge is not to be underestimated – we’re the newcomers amongst some very established teams here.

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“However, our cars are well prepared and the team is well-drilled, we’ve gained great experience through VLN races, and we’re ready. The Nordschleife is the toughest racetrack in the world, and the 24-Hours is full of exceptional competitors.

“We already know that the Continental GT3 performs well over a full day and night of racing from the Spa 24-hour last year – but this is our hardest test yet. I’m hoping that we can keep both cars out of trouble and finish strongly,” said Bentley director of motorsport Brian Gush.

Bentley’s progress throughout the race can be followed via the @BentleyComms Twitter feed.