Bentley has chosen three British drivers to spearhead its first official race outing in a decade.
The Bentley Continental GT3 will make its competitive debut in the Gulf 12 Hours enduro in Abu Dhabi next month. It will be the Crewe-based company's first race since its victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2003 with the Speed 8 prototype.
Guy Smith – who was part of the winning Le Mans team ten years ago – will be partnered by Steven Kane and Andy Meyrick in two six-hour races at the Yas Marina circuit on 13 December.
The Continental GT3, which is powered by a race-prepared and dry-sump version of Bentley’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing up to 600bhp, has been designed and built by the Bentley Motorsport team in conjunction with Cockermouth-based M-Sport. The Bentley GT3 design team is led by Bentley Motorsport chief designer Graham Humphrys and M-Sport’s chief engineer, Christian Loriaux.
Bentley’s director of motorsport, Brian Gush, said his team was well prepared: “After completing development and endurance testing on a variety of race tracks around Europe since we unveiled the car at Goodwood in July, we’re confident that the Continental GT3 is prepared for its first test race.