Bentley one hour report

Le Mans, 16TH June 2001 5.00pm... One hour into the 69th Le Mans 24-hours and Team Bentley's EXP Speed 8 GT Prototypes have progressed quickly and safely through the appalling conditions of the opening hour with the number 7 car driven by Martin...

Le Mans, 16TH June 2001 5.00pm... One hour into the 69th Le Mans 24-hours and Team Bentley's EXP Speed 8 GT Prototypes have progressed quickly and safely through the appalling conditions of the opening hour with the number 7 car driven by Martin Brundle leading the race.

Dodging the carnage that littered the track and making the most of an early decision to fit intermediate tyres, Martin's Bentley took the lead just after half past four, following a lengthy safety car period. The second EXP Speed 8 driven by Andy Wallace was in 17th position after an hour, thanks to a second stop to fit dry tyres.

BRIAN GUSH, director of engineering operations and motorsport said `The decision to go for the intermediates when we did was very good for us and both drivers did very well to avoid all the accidents while on slicks during the downpour. But it is very early days yet and we cannot always expect the weather to work in our favour.'

JOHN WICKHAM, team manager said: `We're obviously very happy with Martin leading but the weather remains a constant concern. All we can do keep cool, not make any mistakes while pushing as hard as we possibly can.'

-Bentley

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Andy Wallace , Martin Brundle