LEXINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 2, 2016) – In the latest round of the Pirelli World Challenge GT Championship at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Bentley Team Absolute showed it could rebound from some tough luck and stay focused on bringing home points. After missing Saturday’s race, Adderly Fong (HK) finished Sunday’s race in 10th despite starting from the back of the grid.
Fong once again faced a circuit he’d never been to before. Still, with only 80 minutes of track time (Friday’s practice was cancelled due to lightning), he was able to qualify his No. 88 Bentley Continental GT3 in sixth.
Unfortunately, while on the pace lap for Saturday’s race, a gearbox issue prevented Fong from taking the start. Without an official race lap, he had to start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid.
Starting 18th, Fong picked his way through the back of the field quickly, moving into 12th in the opening laps. He continued advancing through the field and was chasing ninth place with five minutes remaining in the race when he slid wide in Turn One. A masterful save by Fong kept him out of the tires and got him back on track without a loss of position. Shortly thereafter he crossed the finish line in 10th.
The Pirelli World Challenge races at Mid-Ohio will air on CBS Sports Network, Sunday, August 7, at 4pm ET.
Bentley Team Absolute will be back on track with World Challenge in less than two weeks time when it heads to the Utah Motorsports Campus, in Tooele, Utah, August 12 – 14.
Adderly Fong (HK) No. 88 Bentley Continental GT3
“Mid-Ohio is a pretty tight, old-school track. As soon as you get past the back straight, it’s all zig-zags and there’s only really room for two cars. We got boxed in with a mix of GT and GTA cars, so there were basically two classes fighting with each other. It was a little bit of luck if you were in the right place at the right time. From there, onto the second and third lap, it kind of settled down.
“In terms of single lap times in the race, we were right up there. The car was good and working great today, but with four laps to go I had worked so hard to get through traffic I think the tires were cooked. We just tried to pick up as many points as we could today after the technical issue yesterday. It would have been nice to be further up, but the main thing is to finish.”