Podium Finish for Bentley Team Absolute at VIR
ALTON, VA, USA Bentley Team Absolute scored its first podium result of the season at Virginia International Raceway last weekend with Yufeng Luo and Swiss-racer Alex Imperatori.
The duo scored second place in the PRO/AM class in the opening SprintX round of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Championship.
The SprintX rounds differ from the standard World Challenge weekends with the race time extended from 50 to 60 minutes and each team must perform a compulsory driver change.
Luo and Imperatori finished eighth overall aboard the No.78 Bentley Continental GT3 and second in the PRO/AM class and backed that up with a sixth place PRO/AM finish on Sunday.
Adderly Fong joined forces with ‘Bentley Boy’ – factory racer Vince Abril – for the VIR weekend, finishing eighth in the PRO class on both Saturday and Sunday.
“All in all, I would say we had a very positive weekend here at VIR. It was a great opportunity to get to know the team, and I think all the guys at Bentley Team Absolute did a fantastic job getting the car in perfect condition for us,” Pirelli World Challenge debutante, Alex Imperatori, said.
“My teammate, Yufeng Luo, also did a fantastic job this weekend and I’m really happy to be racing with him. The second place in race one was the highlight of the weekend and it really shows the potential we have for the rest of the championship.
“For this first SprintX event overall, we scored really good points and the team is in a great championship position, so we really want to keep this momentum going for Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, where the team should be strong again.”
USA World Challenge Debut for Bentley Boy Vince Abril
‘Bentley Boy’ and factory racer Vince Abril had his first opportunity to race in the USA last weekend with the factory adding the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX schedule to his already packed season.
The French-born, Monaco-based racer competes for Bentley Racing in the Blancpain GT Series throughout Europe in both the Sprint and Endurance events. He drives with Brit Steven Kane in the Sprint events and Andy Soucek and Maxime Soulet in the endurance events.
The VIR weekend was his first opportunity to compete on US soil.
“I was happy about my first race in the U.S. We had some issues during the weekend but the team worked really hard and was able to get us a good result in the second race and help us move up through the field,” Abril said.
Busy Month of May for Fong Aboard the Bentley Continental
The month of May is going to be a busy one for Bentley Team Absolute racer Adderly Fong.
In addition to his Pirelli World Challenge duties, the Hong Kong-based Fong also competes for Absolute Racing aboard a Bentley Continental GT3 in the Chinese GT Championship.
“May is going to be a busy month for us, we’re going to be racing on three different tracks in three consecutive weekends,” Fong said.
“The first race, will be China GT, in Beijing. That’s followed immediately after by Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, which is a Sprint X round, and then after that will be Lime Rock Park.
“I’m very much looking forward to the opening round of China GT and the second and third rounds of SprintX. It’s going to be very busy, but I think it will be a good month. I’m really looking forward to the tracks and to some good runs in May.