Bentley Motors appoints Paul Williams director of motorsport

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Bentley Motors has announced that Paul Williams will succeed Brian Gush as director of Motorsport. Gush will bring a 20-year Bentley career to a close on August 1. Williams, who arrived at Bentley in 2008, joins Bentley Motorsport from his current role as Director of Powertrain.

During his time in the role, Williams oversaw the design and development of the all-new 6.0-liter W12 engine that powers the Bentayga, Continental GT and new Flying Spur, along with the second generation of Bentley’s 4.0-liter V8 engine that also powers the Continental GT3.

Werner Tietz, member of the board for engineering, said, “Paul has been an outstanding member of our engineering team for more than 10 years, and as our powertrain expert he is well placed to take on Bentley Motorsport – where his V8 engine faces its toughest tests. He has a passion for racing and will take our motorsport team from strength to strength.”

During his time at Bentley, Gush led the re-engineering of Bentley’s iconic 6¾-liter V8, returning it to production and developing it to meet the latest emissions standard and deliver more than 1,000Nm of torque. He also led the development of the W12 engine and the chassis for the first- and second-generation Continental GT.

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