- Team Parker Racing dominated the Silverstone 500 with the Bentley Continental GT3
- Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris take victory in the most important race of the series
- Duo now sits in second place in the British GT Championship, just four points off the lead.
Bentley Team Parker Racing’s #31 Continental GT3 has won the Silverstone 500, the longest race in the British GT Championship, with drivers Seb Morris (GB) and Rick Parfitt Jr (GB).
The pair qualified on the front row of the grid for the three-hour long race that took place at the Home of British Motor Racing. After the green flag waved, the pair lapped the 3.66 mile track 84 times and, at the chequered flag, took the race win by just over a minute.
“Seb, Rick and everyone at Team Parker Racing put on an impressive display this weekend,” commented Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush. “The Continental GT3 is well suited to Silverstone but it takes more than a fast car to win endurance races. They were clean, consistent and clever with strategy, and they dominated the race as a result.”
The Bentley Team Parker Racing sister car, the #7 Continental GT3 of Callum Macloed (GB) and Ian Loggie (GB), set the fastest lap of the race and was running in third place when, unfortunately, Loggie suffered a collision and their race ended early.
Just four points behind the overall leaders, Seb and Rick now sit in second place in the British GT Championship with three rounds to go. The next round takes place at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium on 7-8 July.
Rick Parfitt Jr.: “Our strategy depended on me getting ahead at the start – which luckily I was able to manage, so I was ahead going into Copse and then made the most of our Bentley’s advantage through sectors one and two to open a gap. But all afternoon we were keen to stay out of trouble, which worked for the most part! It’s great to win, but I’d also like to dedicate this to my late Dad who was here last season and I’m sure would have loved to have been this year as well.”
Seb Morris: “We had an amazing strategy today, the team decided to run the car light rather than running heavy on fuel and that really helped us. Plus, Rick was ridiculously fast from the start and was miles quicker than the other ‘Am’ drivers, and I was pleased with my pace too. It was nice to test myself against [Adam] Christodoulou at the end as he’s one of the top drivers in the world in GT.”