It was nice to come home and race at Silverstone again for the first time since our unforgettable win with the Bentley M-Sport Continental GT3 in 2014.
The first thing you see as you come down the Wellington Straight for the first lap of the weekend is the BRDC clubhouse and grandstand. That is when it hits you; the history and heritage of being a Bentley driver and all the legends that have graced the home of British motorsport for well over half a century.
We were confident again this year, but we had a tricky qualifying and the wet weather combined with a red flag meant that we got a little compromised and started ninth on the grid.
Again, Guy got a fantastic start and was running in sixth place but then we had a long pit stop with a cross-threaded wheel nut. This happens to all teams at some stage of the season and it was just our collective misfortune that it happened when we were eyeing a podium position at least.
Andy (Meyrick) completed a strong stint but we had lost a bunch of time in the pits. When I took over we were in 20th position. By the end of the race we had gathered points for an eventual ninth place but it was still somewhat frustrating as we had the pace to again be stood on the Silverstone podium.
The points were important though, as it secured fourth place in the Driver’s points and third in the Teams’ for us. We are also still well in touch with the leaders.
As a team, Bentley M-Sport share a very high expectation level and we always race as a collective unit. It makes us even more determined to get as prepared as possible for next race at Paul Ricard.