Guy Smith: "Winning Le Mans was obviously a huge ambition but being on the podium was special for two other reasons. First I got to share it with Stefan Johansson who gave me my first chance in sportscars; secondly I was driving for Bentley who have shown great loyalty to me over the last three years. I hope that today I have repaid their faith in me."

Dindo Capello: "I have dreamt of winning this race. Le Mans is the biggest sportscar race in the world and it is great to add this victory to those I have at Sebring and Petit Le Mans. The team did a perfect job in the pits, we were able to push when we had to and then limit the risk to get the Bentley to the finish."

Johnny Herbert: "We had a number of small problems but we had the speed on the track to compete, but not the luck. It was great to come into a team that was the best prepared for the race and be able to drive the car to such a fantastic result for Bentley. Of course we are gutted we didn't win, but Tom, Dindo and Guy did not put a wheel wrong the entire race and fully deserved the victory."

Mark Blundell: "It is an excellent result for Bentley, congratulations to Tom, Dindo and Guy - they ran a faultless race. There can only be one winner and it wasn't us today.

It was a great experience and ranks right up there with my win here in '92. It was great to represent Bentley and share in the experience. For a Brit, it is extra special."

David Brabham: "Full credit to the number 7 car. They drove an excellent race with no problems. There's no way to beat a car that runs a perfect race. We had two small problems but to finish with a Bentley one-two is great result. This is my best result at Le Mans and I'm delighted it came when driving for a British marque."

Derek Bell: "This is a classic Le Mans win. A few niggles put the number 8 car in second place but number 7 car ran an perfect race on the track and in the pits. The drivers didn't put a wheel wrong, and the team provided maximum support. This is a great victory for all those who have worked to bring a Le Mans win back to Britain."

Brian Gush, director of motorsport: "I am so full of admiration for this team. We had some minor problems with car 8, but every member of Team Bentley worked flat out and delivered a dream result. We'd have settled for the win but to take the first two places, considering the opposition we faced, is quite fantastic."

John Wickham, team director: 'I'd like to thank the whole team who have come together to make this possible and great credit must be given to the design team for producing such a quick, strong car. Le Mans has so many variables, you can only hope everything comes together the way you plan. Today it did in the biggest possible way."

Published : 17/06/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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