Bentley names drivers

Andy Wallace, James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger are named this week by Bentley to drive the Speed 8 at Le Mans and become this century's 'Bentley Boys'. They will be among the first factory-appointed Bentley drivers since the marque's prime...

Andy Wallace, James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger are named this week by Bentley to drive the Speed 8 at Le Mans and become this century's 'Bentley Boys'. They will be among the first factory-appointed Bentley drivers since the marque's prime years at Le Mans when Woolf Bernato, Tim Birkin, Sammy Davies, Bernard Rubin and Dr Dudley Benjafield shared three consecutive victories in 1928-1930. They, with John Duff and Frank Clement, became known as the 'Bentley Boys' and this sobriquet is likely to be revived more than 70 years later.

Weaver has been Bentley's test driver since October and his was expected to sign, but Wallace's inclusion signals the end of a turbulent relationship with Cadillac last season. Cadillac is also expected in Detroit to announce its schedule for the year with the revised Northstar.

The Bentley Exp Speed 8 prototype model is expected to test once more before the debut test of the race car next month. The race version will feature Audi's 3.6-litre turbo charged unit, a revised gearbox, aerodynamics and cooling system though will not look significantly different to the prototype. Bentley Motors will prepare its own engine, thought to be a V10, for subsequent Le Mans bids in 2002 and 2003.

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Andy Wallace , Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver