Team Bentley In 2003 From Sebring To Le Mans - Michelin As Its New Tyre Partner | Part Two

Team Bentley hopes for a considerably better result at Sebring in 2003, but while victory is entirely possible even against three Audis in their fifth consecutive year competing in the event, the team will be treating it as a vitally important dress-rehearsal for Le Mans. Throughout history it has been consistently shown that a team that goes well at Sebring stands a very good chance of success at Le Mans.

In addition to designing and building an all new car for the 2003 season, Team Bentley this year also welcomes Michelin as its new tyre partner. Michelin has been the most successful tyre constructor in the sportscar arena for many years, and the team regards its participation this year as a vital component in the campaign for success on both sides of the Atlantic. Though the rules governing the LM GTP category at Le Mans mean the Bentley Speed 8 runs on narrower tyres than Michelin is accustomed to supplying, early testing has provided some extremely promising results.

For 2003, Team Bentley also has the pleasure in confirming Breitling as its headline sponsor. Few companies could be more suited to this task than Breitling, a company whose brand values of performance, prestige and precision match closely those of Bentley. The Breitling logo will appear prominently across both the front and the sides of both Speed 8 prototypes. Breitling also has collaborated with Bentley Motors on the design of the clock for its forthcoming Continental GT road car, the first time a Breitling time-piece has ever been commissioned for use in a car.

Team Bentley continues to be run from the factory in Crewe with Bentley motorsport director Brian Gush overseeing the operation and heading up the steering committee. As in previous years, the 2003 Bentley Speed 8 is being built at Race Technology Norfolk (rtn) who are also responsible for the test and development programme. The team will continue to be managed by John Wickham.

In short, Team Bentley believes it has now assembled as many of the components as humanly possible to deliver victory at Le Mans back to Bentley. We believe we have the right car, drivers, team and partners as well as the enthusiasm, guts and determination to get the job done. Nothing is ever certain at Le Mans, but every one of Bentley’s legion of fans around the world can be assured that Team Bentley will be doing everything in its power to make the dream, some 73 years in the making, come true.

Published : 04/02/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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