Bentley eyeing Aussie talent for Bathurst 12 Hour
Bentley is scouting Australian talent to join its driver line up for its maiden Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour assault next year.
The famous British marque will field two factory backed Continental GT3s for February’s endurance classic at Mount Panorama, while offering support to the Peter Edwards customer Flying B Motorsport entry.
While yet to confirm its driver line up, it is likely a selection of its works drivers will venture out to compete in the race on February 7-8.
Le Mans winner Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick, former British Touring Car driver Steven Kane and ex-F1 driver Jerome D’Ambrosio have all featured for Bentley in the Blancpain Endurance Series this year.
However, having never competed at the challenging 6.2km Mount Panorama circuit, Bentley’s director of motorsport Brian Gush says the team is contemplating adding Australian drivers to their squad due to their extensive circuit knowledge.
Customer squad Flying B Motorsport has already confirmed an all Australian line up headed by former Bentley factory driver David Brabham, Bathurst 1000 and reigning 12 Hour winner John Bowe, and car owner Edwards.
“We haven’t nominated our drivers yet because at Bathurst you need two pros and one amateur in each car, but we think we know what we want,” Gush told Speedcafe.com.
“We certainly have got a few Aussie drivers in our sights, obviously the local experience is a big factor.
“David Brabham was a real coup for Peter Edwards but the local experience makes Aussie drivers really attractive options.”
Although the manufacturer is keen to impress on its Bathurst 12 Hour debut, Gush has confirmed that the squad will offer significant set up support to the Flying B Motorsport entry at the event.
“We like to keep our arms around any customer of Bentley and make sure they have a good experience so we will be supporting them as a much as we can,” added Gush.
“We will have the works cars there so it is the best opportunity to help them set up the car. Of course if they can give us some tips then we will gladly receive them.
“Peter Edwards is an old Bathurst campaigner and his drivers are really good so we see any Bentley customer as part of the wider family.
“There will be a bit of information sharing until the flag drops.”
Bentley’s preparations for the Bathurst 12 Hour are well underway with the cars currently en route to Australia.