The Daytona-backed GT3 Bentley of Rick Parfitt Junior and Seb Morris took Bentley′s maiden win in British GT yesterday at Oulton Park.
Winning by just 10.5 seconds, Parfitt took the chequered flag first in the second hour long race of the day at the Cheshire circuit. After a few issues in the first two rounds of the championship, the Team Park Racing Bentley lived up to its promise with the win – the first ever for a Bentley in the British GT Championship.
Third place in the day’s earlier race ensured pole-sitter Morris would not only need to hold on to first but also build a five second lead if he and Parfitt Jnr were to have any chance of making amends for losing the opening encounter after being blocked in the pits.
That they did so handsomely had everything to do with an opening stint in which the Welshman bolted clear at the start and never looked back. Bell, whose McLaren had blocked the Bentley in race one, gave chase but couldn’t prevent Morris from building a 13.5 second lead before the mandatory driver changes.
Parfitt Jnr and McCaig jumped aboard their respective charges one lap apart before emerging from the pit-stop cycle nine seconds apart, a gap that would remain fairly static until the chequered flag. Indeed, just 10.5 seconds covered the pair at the finish.
Everyone at Daytona sends their congratulations to RPJ, Seb, everyone at team Parker Racing and to Bentley!
Picture courtesy of BritishGT.com and copyright Jakob Ebrey