Team Bentley Consolidates For 2003

Team Bentley confirmed that it will now be integrated under one roof at racing technology norfolk (rtn) in Norfolk under the responsibility of Bentley Motors. Team Bentley will continue to be run directly by Bentley Motors in Crewe with Brian Gush – Bentley’s director, chassis, powertrain and motorsport at its helm. In this role Brian will continue to head up the Team Bentley steering committee.

John Wickham, who has so skilfully managed Team Bentley’s back to back successes at Le Mans, has been appointed Team Director reporting to Brian Gush. Based at rtn, John will continue running the operational functions of the race and test programmes. rtn will continue to design, develop and build the successful Bentley Speed 8 Le Mans prototype race cars.

Confirming preliminary details of its racing plans for the 2003 season, Brian Gush said: "Two races will be entered, the Sebring 12-hours in March and, of course, the Le Mans 24-hours in June. In the meantime much work needs to be done to ensure the team is race ready in time – not least the design and construction of a further evolution of the Bentley Exp Speed 8.

"Understandably at this early stage, plans for Le Mans have yet to be finalised, but it is anticipated that two 2003-specification Bentley Speed 8 prototypes will take the start in June with the aim on improving still further the fine results of 2001 and 2002."

The driver line ups for both Sebring and Le Mans are being considered as the list of potential candidates lacks nothing in either quality or quantity. "Suffice to say the very best drivers available will be selected to help Bentley achieve its stated aim of winning Le Mans in 2003," concluded Gush.

Published 2 October 2002 Melanie Carter

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