Team History: Pirelli World Challenge
From the start
The team started their race program half-way through the season, starting at Road America in Wisconsin in June with a competitive inaugural weekend. At Sonoma Raceway in California in August, Butch Leitzinger took the first Bentley podium and Guy Smith joined the team in the second car. Guy left the Sonoma weekend with two fastest race laps and a pole position to his credit and at the following race at Miller Motorsports Park, in addition to his win, he started from pole for both races, and Butch took his second consecutive podium.
Even with a partial season, at year’s end, Smith was tied for first in driver’s fastest race laps and Bentley was second in manufacturer’s fast laps, and third in manufacturer’s poles.
The team’s win at Miller Motorsports Park gave Bentley their first ever win outside of Europe to add to their historical heritage. All in all, a successful American debut for the Bentley Continental GT3 and a notable race season for Dyson Racing Team Bentley.