Overall the weekend at Nurburgring was a good one for me and the Bentley M-Sport team. We finished a fighting second in the race and also in the drivers and teams titles.
It goes without saying that we wanted to go one better on all fronts, but once agai luck was against again. It’s been a bit of a theme throughout the season really. We should have won at Silverstone but didn’t, we had the car to get some good points at Spa but we didn’t. It’s just the way racing goes sometimes, and to be honest as long as you can look yourself in the mirror at the end of the season and say you have ‘given everything’ then that is fair enough. I know that as a team we can all do that, and we will be back stronger again in 2016.
We had a fantastic Bentley Continental GT3 in qualifying and the race last weekend, and I managed to secure the fastest lap of the race. Guy (Smith) and Andy (Meyrick were really strong in their stints and handed the car over to me in a good position for the final hour and five minutes, after the safety car had come out.
Just like at Paul Ricard I was chasing down Alex Buncombe in the Nissan which was in second place. Again the Nissan was a very fast proposition on the straights, but I managed to find a way through at turn two and then started to go after the leader, Kevin Estre in the McLaren.
All of a sudden though I was informed I had to give the place back to the Nissan as it was deemed my move had been unfair. To say I, and the team were unhappy with that decision would be an understatement, but there was no time to argue the toss and I settled down to repeat the move. The fact that Buncombe, who I think is a very good and clean racer, said after the race that he didn’t believe it was an unfair move, made it all the more frustrating really.
I managed to get by again at the final corner and secure the line down the straight and in to turn one. But after all of this, the McLaren was long gone and when a lapped Audi held me up for half a lap, there was no chance of catching Estre.
It was a tough season but I think we showed that the Bentley M-Sport team are right up there and is able to fight for titles. Like I said, with a little more luck on our side we could have gone one better. However, to be confirmed as runners-up in the two titles is satisfying and a great testament to the whole team.