Just recently Bentley Motorsport has welcomed the addition of 22 year old French driver, Jules Gounon, into their ranks for the 2018 season. Mr. Gounon’s titles include champion of the 24 Hours of Spa; the Frenchman will now be racing alongside teammates such as Guy Smith and Steven Kane of Great Britian, as well as Andy Soucek of Spain, Maxime Soulet of Belgium, and Vince Abril of Monaco.
This year, the six drivers will be taking part in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup with second generation Bentley Team M-Sport Continental GT3s. Although this is Bentley’s fifth season at the race, the team is set to complete the entire Intercontinental GT Challenge for the first time.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, comments: “Consistency is key for endurance racing so to have five of our drivers back to continue their long-standing relationships with us allows us to get stronger year-on-year and is testament to the loyalty within our team.”
Brian adds, “Jules [Gounon] has shown that he has the pace and maturity to fit in to a leading team, despite only being 22 years old, and we’re looking forward to supporting him as he develops his career. We’re all looking forward to arriving in Bathurst in February and getting 2018 underway.”
Bentley Motorsports 2018 season will begin at Bathurst 12 Hours, and will be completed with the present day Continental GT3, in an effort to conform to current regulatory standards. The debut of the teams all-new Continental GT3, based on the new Continental GT production car, will take place in Monza at the opening round of the Blancpain GT Series and will also be used to complete the Intercontinental GT Challenge races at Spa-Francorchamps, Laguna Seca and Suzuka.