For the first time Nico Verdonck officially represented a manufacturer during the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring. Together with his teammates Christopher Brück, Christian Menzel and Christer Jöns, the Brussels inhabitant brought the Bentley Continental GT3 #37 home in 15th place. As such the Belgian and the Bentley Team ABT survived the Green Hell.
“To finish such a gruelling race as the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring is always extremely satisfying”, Nico Verdonck commented. “We didn’t make the slightest mistake and neither did we experience any major problems. I think that with the entire Bentley Team ABT we produced a great race.”
Teamed up with Christopher Brück, Christian Menzel and Christer Jöns, Nico not only finished in the top-15, but also claimed the LG class (for “Last Generation”) and his car was also the best placed Bentley. “We had hoped for a better result in the overall rankings”, he nevertheless admits. “On the other hand we should appreciate that it is somewhat like David versus Goliath. Bentley has come on to the scene to take on the German manufacturers on their home ground in a race where experience is crucial. Worth noting that this edition was hit by an intense heatwave, in fact conditions we had never come across during our preparations.”
On a personal front Nico thoroughly relished this weekend. “I really felt at home at the wheel of our Continental GT3”, he smiled. “In particular I put in a double stint during the night where I was extremely competitive. The Yokohama tyres worked to perfection, our turbo engine breathed and we put in a strong performance. The collaboration with the Bentley Team ABT and Bentley Motorsport was excellent and I will retain enormous positive memories from this awesome experience. Together we learned a great deal and I truly believe that we will be able to take full advantage from it in the future.”
Following this highly awaited 24 Hours of the Nürburgring, Nico is already preparing other projects between now and the end of the 2017 season. No doubt he will be revealing all soon.
Source. Nico Verdonck