BENTLEY BOYS SWAP FOUR WHEELS FOR TWO IN EPIC CHARITY CHALLENGE
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- 170-mile, 12-hour cycling charity challenge in aid of Care2Save
- From the home of Bentley in Crewe to M-Sport in Cumbria
- Funds raised to support Care2Save’s goal of improving palliative care
- Successful Bentley motorsport programme continues global expansion in 2015
(Crewe, 28 April, 2015) Bentley Boys Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick and Steven Kane are undertaking the team’s second 12-hour challenge of the 2015 motor racing season – only this time they are relying on pedal rather than horsepower.
On May 1st the Bentley Team M-Sport car #7 drivers will set off on an epic 170-mile charity bike ride. The route will see them pedal north through Cheshire, onwards into Lancashire, through the mountainous Lake District and on to Cockermouth, Cumbria, all in a bid to raise funds for Care2Save – the palliative care charity.
Commencing at 5am, the journey begins at the home of Bentley in Crewe where Bentley Motorsport is based. The route culminates at M-Sport headquarters in Cockermouth, Cumbria, where the Continental GT3 cars are race prepared. With an expected 5pm finish, the 12-hour ride will form a key part of the team’s physical training regime.
Created by the fundraising team at St Luke’s Hospice, Cheshire, Care2Save provides funds to improve hospice and palliative care around the world. Andrea Fragata Ladeira, CEO of Care2Save, said: “Bentley has supported St Luke’s Hospice for many years. The hospice has in turn offered support to Bentley staff and their families at very difficult times. Care2Save allows us to work in partnership not only to ensure St Luke’s has a stable future but to develop excellence in palliative care beyond our locality in the wider world.”
Le Mans-winning Bentley Boy, Guy Smith, added: “Training together forms an integral part of our preparation for the racing season, both physically and mentally. The race from Bentley’s home in Cheshire to M-Sport in Cumbria seemed an apt way to incorporate training while supporting a worthwhile local cause, Care2Save.”
To sponsor the Bentley Boys and help Care2Save with their remarkable work, please visit www.justgiving.com/BentleyBoys/ and make a donation.
Bentley Motorsport in 2015
The 2015 season sees the continued growth of the Bentley international motorsport programme, with Works-supported teams racing in six different series across four continents and customers taking their Continental GT3s to an ever-expanding selection of new countries and GT races. This season, the Bentley motorsport calendar incorporates the Asia GT Series which features 12 races across Korea, Japan, China, Malaysia and Thailand.
Bentley is also taking on three of the world’s premiere sports car endurance events. Having already achieved a fourth place finish in February at the Bathurst 12-Hour, the next challenge for the Bentley team is arguably the world’s most gruelling endurance race – the ADAC Zurich 24h Race at the Nürburgring.
The year will close in December with one final endurance race, the Gulf 12 Hours at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.
2015 Race Schedule
Premiere Endurance Events:
- ADAC Zurich 24h Race, Nürburgring, Germany: 16th-17th May
- Gulf 12 Hours, Abu Dhabi: 13th December
Blancpain Endurance Series (Bentley Team M-Sport, Bentley Team HTP):
- Silverstone, UK: 23rd-24th May
- Paul Ricard, France: 19th-20th June
- Spa 24 Hours, Belgium: 23th-26th July
- Nürburgring, Germany: 19th-20th September
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Notes to editors
The Continental GT3 is built by the Bentley motorsport team in conjunction with M-Sport. The Bentley GT3 team is led by Bentley Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush supported by M-Sport’s Chief Engineer, Christian Loriaux. M-Sport was originally formed in 1979, and in 1994 M-Sport won national rally titles in Italy, Portugal, the Middle East and Britain, the latter with founder Malcolm Wilson himself behind the wheel. Since 1996, M-Sport has run Ford’s WRC campaigns, including winning two FIA World Rally Championships in 2006 and 2007.
The Continental GT3 project is proud to be working with ExxonMobil, who have joined the team as a key sponsor. Using ExxonMobil’s proven success in motorsports and a track record of helping bring home championships, Bentley’s V8 race engine will be filled with Mobil 1™ synthetic motor oil, to ensure maximum engine protection and performance in the gruelling environment of endurance racing.
The Continental GT3 programme is also sponsored by premium British audio experts Naim. For both Bentley and Naim, an enduring relationship with customers is core to the philosophy. Both are proud of their British heritage and reputation for offering their customers the very best products in their respective industries. Naim’s highly specialised team of world-class engineers and designers have a passion and commitment to music that enables them to deliver what is considered by many audio enthusiasts – and their loyal customer base – to be the finest range of audio equipment available in the world today.
Bentley Motors’ headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s three model lines, Continental, Flying Spur and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 3,700 people at Crewe.