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BENTLEY LEADS 24 HOURS OF SPA AT HALFWAY MARK

After 12 hours of racing, Bentley leads the 24 Hours of Spa with its #8 Continental GT3 while the #7 Continental GT3, which started from the pit-lane, runs in third place.

Starting the race from third place on Saturday afternoon, the #8 Bentley Team M-Sport Continental GT3 of Andy Soucek (ES), Maxime Soulet (BE) and Wolfgang Reip (BE) now leads the pack of 65 GT3 cars into the early hours of Sunday morning.

The #7 sister car, driven by Guy Smith (GB), Steven Kane (GB) and Vince Abril (FR), started from the pit lane due to a small issue with the fuel supply that was quickly fixed but not in time to get to the grid. Despite the set-back, at the halfway mark the car was running strongly in third place.

"Leading the race at the halfway mark gains us some valuable points towards the championship," commented Bentley's Director of Motorsport Brian Gush. "We're about to head into the sunrise hours, which often brings with it some on-track action. We just need to keep going as we are, and stay out of trouble, and we can get two very strong results.

"While we were working our way to the front of the pack, the Bentley Continental GT3 completed its 100,000th race lap, no mean feat for a manufacturer only building race cars for two and a half years. A win here would be an excellent way to celebrate such an achievement for the team from Crewe and Cumbria."