Bentley Motorsport has revealed 11 of its 12 drivers for the 2019 Spa 24 Hours today, the list featuring six new faces to the team.
Callum Macleod will share a new Continental GT3 with former British GT Champion Seb Morris and K-PAX regular Rodrigo Baptista.
In the second of the one-off additional Continental GT3s, former Nissan factory drivers Alex Buncombe and Lucas Ordonez will team up and drive with Markus Palttala.
The other two cars, the #107 and #108, will run with their full-season drivers with one exception, that Frenchman Vincent Abril has not been named. He is leaving the brand with immediate effect to pursue other commitments in racing. Steven Kane, Jordan Pepper and Jules Gounon will compete in Car #107 while the sister #108 car will be driven by Andy Soucek and Maxime Soulet.
The team is currently evaluating multiple drivers to fill Abril’s now vacant seat.
Commenting on the expanded driver roster, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, said: “I am delighted that we’ve been able to fill the majority of our driver slots for Spa so soon, with a wealth of experienced endurance racers. Callum, Seb and Rodrigo have all driven superbly for their respective Bentley customer teams, and as usual, we always look within our wider family first when selecting new drivers for the most important races.
“Alex, Lucas and Markus bring a new dimension to the team, and all have proven ability in the key GT3 races. We will be looking to provide seat time with the new car to all of them in the coming weeks and months as we prepare for Spa, while we also make our selection for the last place in the 12-strong driver line-up.
“At the same time, all at Bentley Motorsport wish Vincent Abril luck and success for the next part of his career. Vince has been a model Bentley Boy and a great example of our process of moving talented drivers through our customer racing programme. He has developed into a thoroughly well-rounded driver with significant pace, and we look forward to battling with him on the racetrack.”
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