Published on May 17th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
McLaren GT Factory Driver Rob Bell Still in Blancpain Series Title Hunt
The #58 650S GT3 of customer team Garage 59 finished P6 in the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Cup at Silverstone to maintain Factory Driver Rob Bell’s Blancpain GT Series title hopes with six rounds remaining. There was further success for the 650S GT3 in Italy as customer team FFF Racing Team by ACM finished P2 in the inaugural round of the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup at Imola.
Bell and fellow factory drivers Côme Ledogar and Shane Van Gisbergen started the three-hour race at Silverstone P12 after an extremely tight Qualifying session earlier in the day, before fighting through the field during the race to set up a close battle to the finish.
After slipping back to P8 during the round of stops, Ledogar fought hard through heavy traffic, claiming back P7 before the final hour. Van Gisbergen finished the race for the customer team, and in dramatic fashion made a gutsy move to grab a further position in the frantic closing minutes after a safety car period.
As the halfway point of the season approaches, Bell now sits second in the Blancpain GT Series Drivers standings for drivers competing in both the Sprint and Endurance Cups.
The second 650S GT3, shared by the three McLaren GT Academy Drivers Alex Fontana, Struan Moore and Andrew Watson, finished P22. Each of the young drivers – each in their debut season in the Blancpain Endurance Cup – contributed to climbing the order, overtaking 17 cars after starting P39 in a field of more than 50 GT3 cars.