BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (May 23, 2016) – Neither Andrew Palmer (US) nor Adderly Fong (HK) had been to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park before, but the Bentley teammates put in their best performances of the Pirelli World Challenge season so far, coming away with two runner-up finishes.
The No. 87 and No. 88 Bentley Continental GT3s were well suited to the high-speed nature of the 11-turn, 2.548-mile road course. Fong topped the Friday practice times and Palmer held the provisional pole through the second half of qualifying before being bumped in the final seconds, while his teammate took the fourth spot on the grid.
Palmer and Fong held their ground and showed their mettle through Saturday’s race, finishing in their grid positions without any threat or challenge. A second-place finish for Palmer and fourth-place finish for Fong marked each driver’s best World Challenge result this season. Palmer’s runner-up finish is the first podium for Bentley Team [...]
DALLAS, Texas (May 18, 2016) – Following a successful weekend in the GT Asia Series, where Bentley Team Absolute dominated with two victories, the team is traveling across the globe to Mosport, Ontario, Canada for the latest rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge GT Championship.
At the Asian championship’s season opener in South Korea, two of the team’s Bentley Continental GT3s finished 1-2 in the feature race with more than 20 seconds on the third-place car. The team hopes to carry this positive momentum to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), where drivers Andrew Palmer (US) and Adderly Fong (HK) will continue their quest for the Pirelli World Challenge GT Championship.
The No. 87 and No. 88 Bentley Continental GT3s were last in action with the Pirelli World Challenge series at Barber Motorsports Park, April 22 – 24. Bentley Team Absolute is currently fifth in the GT Team Championship, while Palmer and Fong are eighth and 12th, respectively, in the GT Driver Championship.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 24, 2016) – Both Bentley Continental GT3s run by Bentley Team Absolute were fast the minute they arrived at Barber Motorsports Park for the latest round of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship. Drivers Adderly Fong (HK) and Andrew Palmer (USA) were able to translate this into a total of four top-10 finishes over two races.
After running near the top of practice times, the team fought against changing track conditions for qualifying courtesy of multiple tire compounds being laid down on the circuit from the various racing series.
Palmer started seventh and Fong 10th for Saturday’s race. Both dropped a position early on and spent the rest of the race trying to make it back up. Barber is a notoriously difficult circuit to pass on and despite Palmer’s best efforts he finished eighth. Fong was able to find a way around a McLaren late in the race to reclaim 10th, where he [...]
DALLAS, Texas (April 20, 2016) – There was no time to waste when Bentley Team Absolute packed up at the latest Pirelli World Challenge Championship event in Long Beach, California; it only had a few short days to get to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. After more than 2,000 miles, the team is ready to take on its first road course since the March season opener at Circuit of the Americas.
On the heels of two-straight temporary street circuits, Bentley Team Absolute is looking forward to a classic road course, which offers more track time and less concrete walls. The flowing 2.38-mile, 15-turn Barber Motorsports Park is located just outside of Alabama’s largest city, Birmingham, and is known for its gorgeous landscape, unique artwork and motor vehicle museum.
Having both cars in one piece following the Long Beach round, Bentley Team Absolute is already in good shape without major maintenance to perform in the [...]
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 18, 2016) – Bentley Team Absolute survived its second-straight street course unscathed and with top-10 finishes for both Andrew Palmer (US) and Adderly Fong (HK) in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship. Palmer narrowly missed out on a well-deserved fifth-place finish, but fell victim to oil on the circuit.
Palmer qualified his No. 87 Bentley Continental GT3 eighth for Sunday’s 50-minute race and had a spectacular start, moving into fifth. Soon thereafter on a restart from yellow, Palmer moved his Bentley up to fourth place, which he was able to hold until the final 10 min of the race.
Shortly after dropping to fifth and with only minutes left in the race, Palmer came upon a patch of oil put down by a damaged car and slid wide. Luckily, he avoided contact with the wall, but fell to P10, where he finished.
Fong, too, did a superb job keeping his car unscathed [...]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 13, 2016) – The Bentley Team Absolute Continental GT3 of Andrew Palmer (US) scooped the VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger Award at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of St Petersburg, after it climbed more positions during Sunday’s race than any other car.
Alongside teammate Adderly Fong (HK), Palmer and Bentley Team Absolute scored more valuable manufacturer championship points on the St. Petersburg street circuit to add to the tally from the team’s strong debut at Circuit of the Americas last week.
In both of the two 50-minute races, Palmer and Fong found themselves running nose-to-tail. While swapping positions, both drivers kept their nose clean—no easy task on the 1.8-mile temporary street circuit that claimed quite a few fenders. Despite getting spun in Saturday’s race, Palmer managed to hold on to 13th with Fong close behind in 15th.
Sunday’s race was filled with lengthy caution periods. Advancing an impressive seven positions [...]
DALLAS, Texas (March 9, 2016) – After a strong showing in the Pirelli World Challenge season opener at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) last weekend, Bentley Team Absolute is already en route to the next round of the championship in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 11 – 13, is the first of two temporary street circuits on the World Challenge calendar. The 1.8-mile course is located on the shoreline of Tampa Bay and uses portions of the Albert Whitted Airport in addition to the surrounding streets.
Making its U.S. debut just a week ago, Bentley Team Absolute comes into St. Petersburg riding a wave of confidence after demonstrating the strong pace of its 4.0L twin-turbo V8–powered Bentley Continental GT3s at COTA. The team came away with two top-10 performances, while setting lap times in line with the podium finishers.
Drivers Andrew Palmer and Adderly Fong will be behind the wheel [...]
AUSTIN, Texas (March 6, 2016) – Bentley Team Absolute made its Pirelli World Challenge race debut this weekend in the opening round of the 2016 championship at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and proved it has what it takes to win races with its pair of Bentley Continental GT3s.
In fact, it was a weekend of firsts for the whole team, with Adderley Fong (HK), an experienced Continental GT3 driver, making his championship debut and Andrew Palmer (US) piloting the car for the first time in the USA.
Throughout the two-race weekend, the team consistently improved. By Race Two, Palmer was able to move the No. 87 entry from eighth to second in the first 30 minutes of the 50-minute race. In the process, he turned the third-fastest lap of the race and showed the true potential of the 4.0-litre Continental GT3.
However, fortune was not on its side and a drive through penalty [...]