First anniversary of Bentley’s US motorsport programme
Three races in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
(Crewe, 26th June 2015) This weekend, Bentley Team Dyson Racing returns to the circuit that kicked off their successful 2014 debut season at the infamous Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. The weekend will feature a triple-header schedule including a makeup race from last month’s Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix which was cancelled due to inclement weather and safety concerns.
The team enters the weekend with optimism and reflection on their first successful first race year which has seen the inclusion of a second Continental GT3 and Bentley’s first victory in North America, as well as multiple podium finishes.
Driver of the #20 car, Butch Leitzinger, drove the Continental GT3 in its North American debut at Road America a year ago which resulted in 6th and 4th place finishes. He comments:
"Our Bentleys are well-suited to Road America. The Continental GT3 has very good low-end torque and produces excellent high-speed downforce. Road America's turns are medium to high-speed while the straightaways tend to be long - and two of them are uphill."
The return to Road America also provides the team the first opportunity to utilise previously collected technical data which will prove useful in the early testing and practice sessions to ensure the GT3s are tuned to the high speed nature of Road America’s long and undulating design where the Continental’s performance capabilities truly shine.
Dyson Racing’s Founder & CEO, Rob Dyson, comments:
"Bentley has given us an excellent car to work with, and we've made good progress with it. We won one race last year, at Miller Motorsports Park, where the track layout and the high altitude both worked to our advantage. We've been close to victory a couple of times in the first half of this season. I tend to look forward rather than back, so our focus is on progress in terms of on-track performance, further developing the car, and building on our strong relationship with Bentley.”
Live streaming of all three GT-class races is available on www.world-challengetv.com. Road America is the seventh of the 11-round Pirelli World Challenge season, and Bentley Team Dyson Racing will visit Mid-Ohio, Miller Motorsports Park, Sonoma Raceway and Laguna Seca between now and September.
Road America race timings: Friday June 26th - 1:40PM to 2:35 PM (CST) Saturday, June 27th - 1:35PM to 2:35 PM (CST) Sunday, June 28th - 2:25PM to 3:25 PM (CST)