David Russell joins Bentley Motorsport for Bathurst 12-hour
Australian V8 Supercars racing driver, David Russell, will join Bentley Team M-Sport for its Mount Panorama 12-hour campaign next month (5-7 February).
RUSSELL (PICTURED BELOW) JOINS Guy Smith (GB) and Steven Kane (GB), Matt Bell (GB), Andy Soucek (ES) and Maxime Soulet (BE) as part of the two-car team, racing Continental GT3s. The 2016 team livery was revealed overnight at the Autosport International Show.
“We return to Mount Panorama looking to get the podium result that we so narrowly missed out on last year,”commented Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush. “As with any new event for the team, we went there looking to learn as much as we could so we could go back better in year two. Our line-up is very strong and David Russell’s experience here should help us immensely, so we’re feeling quietly confident.”
David Russell has taken class victories in all of Bathurst’s endurance race formats including the 24-hour race in 2015, where he also set the fastest lap of the Mountain track ever completed by an Australian.
“Obviously, it’s a race of many challenges and it’s as easy to get caught up in an incident on the narrow mountain road as hit a kangaroo in the early hours. Keeping out of trouble, as always in endurance racing, is key to success here so our boys will be briefed to make bringing the cars back in one piece is their priority.
“The Continental GT3s will look fantastic in their new colours as they come over the mountain.There really isn’t a better place to debut the new livery.”