At the most recent two-day official test for the Autobacs Super GT Series, EIcars Bentley TTO (Teramoto Technical Office) received a much-welcome gift in the form of additional engineering support from Bentley Motorsport in Europe.
That news was confirmed by lead driver Yuji Ide last Thursday, before a productive two days of testing for one of Super GT’s brand-new teams for 2017.
Ide and co-driver Ryohei Sakaguchi combined to log 122 laps over the two days and four test sessions at Suzuka, finishing with the 22nd best time on Friday, and 24th on Saturday.
EIcars Bentley TTO have had a quiet start to their maiden Super GT campaign. They’ve finished all three races, but only have a best finish of 16th thus far through three races in the season at the Fuji 500km.
The additional support from the works engineers at Bentley Motorsport will only help the EIcars squad move further up the rankings with their #117 Bentley Continental GT3.
However, it’s a bit tricky for the team in the short-term. Due to the entry cap at the next round at Sportsland Sugo and the team’s results through three rounds, they will only be a reserve entry for the Sugo GT 300km Race. Therefore, it will likely not be until August 6, at the Fuji GT 300km Race, that the revamped engineering team will get to apply their skills in an actual race situation.