HTP drops Mercedes in favor of Bentley for five-car effort in 2015

The team will run five Bentleys across three different racing series next season.

HTP drops Mercedes in favor of Bentley for five-car effort in 2015
Brian Gush, Bentley Director of Motorsport, and Norbert Brückner, HTP Motorsport Team Principal with other officials pose for a photo as announces HTP Motorsport to run the Bentley Continental GT3 in 2015
#8 M-Sport Bentley Bentley Continental GT3: Jérôme D'Ambrosio, Duncan Tappy, Antoine Leclerc
Brian Gush, Bentley Director of Motorsport, and Norbert Brückner, HTP Motorsport Team Principal with other officials pose for a photo as announces HTP Motorsport to run the Bentley Continental GT3 in 2015
#8 M-Sport Bentley Bentley Continental GT3: Jérôme d'Ambrosio, Antoine Leclerc, Duncan Tappy
HTP Motorsport to run the Bentley Continental GT3 in 2015
#8 M-Sport Bentley Bentley Continental GT3: Jérôme d'Ambrosio, Antoine Leclerc, Duncan Tappy

HTP is making some changes ahead of 2015, including the make of the very cars they race. The GT racing squad is dropping long-time partner Mercedes in favor of Bentley, hoping to build off the success the Continental GT3 cars saw in their debut season.

They will run five Bentleys across the ADAC GT Masters and both the Blancpain Sprint and Endurance Series. In a release, HTP said, "While the Continental GT3 won two Blancpain Endurance Series rounds and finished second in both the Drivers’ and Teams’ Endurance Championships, HTP Motorsport claimed runners-up in the overall Blancpain GT Series standings. The combination of HTP and Bentley Motorsport will see both affiliates targeting even better results for 2015."

"Bentley Team HTP’s driver line-up for their five Continental GT3s will be confirmed in due course."

Bentley Director of Motorsport Brian Gush

“HTP Motorsport is a racing organisation of the very highest calibre, with six championships and 20 race wins to their name, and so I’m delighted that they are the latest team to show confidence in our Continental GT3 through partnering with us. Europe is where Bentley’s motorsport heritage is based, and this collaboration is the important next step in our plan to expand our GT3 programme. I’m looking forward to working with HTP throughout 2015, and to seeing them race successfully in new series for Bentley.”

HTP Motorsport Team Principal Norbert Brückner

“2014 was a great year for us, but next year we are looking for more wins and more championships. We’re confident that the Bentley Continental GT3 is the key to that ambition, and I and the rest of the team are excited to get started with our new race cars. Bentley Team HTP will be a serious contender across European GT3 racing in 2015.”

Statements via HTP Motorsport and Bentley

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