Sunday, February 2, 2020


Jules Gounon grabbed the chequered flag in the twin-turbo V8 Bentley Continental GT in the Liqui-Moly 12 Hour Race at the spectacular Mount Panorama circuit at Bathurst in western New South Wales.

After a frustrating four years of bringing the big Bentley coupes Down Under, this well-deserved victory is a tribute to my old friend, Bentley's former Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, who retired last year.

In a race which was run at an average of faster than 100 mph, Malcolm Wilson, principal of M-Sport, the team behind Bentley's effort, was last seen jumping up and down in pouring rain which came down in buckets on the pit lane.

The weather gods smiled on Bentley. Despite threatening clouds, which worried all the teams, the rain held off until the chequered flag greeted Car 7.

Having watched Bentleys triumph at Le Mans in 2003, and now witnessing a four year push pay off for the team from Crewe, these victories are a great achievement for the brand which virtually put Le Mans on the lips of motor racing fans around the world in the 1920s and 30s.

Bentley Boys did it again!

John Crawford

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