Bentley Continental GT3 race car on track 1
Motorsport News and Resources
14th November, 2013
Bentley has announced that the drivers who will take to the track for Bentley's return to Motorsport in the Continental GT3 are Guy Smith, Steven Kane and Andy Meyrick. The team compete together for the first time at the car’s first test race, the Gulf 12 Hours at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi on 13th December 2013. Bentley's three drivers will pilot the Continental GT3 in two six-hour races in Bentley’s first track-action since winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003.
Final preparations for the Continental GT3’s first race appearance are now under way following the completion of initial development work including a very positive endurance test. The Continental GT3 proved, during testing, to be both fast and extremely reliable, reflecting the nature of the Continental GT on which it is based.
Speaking about the build-up to the Gulf 12 Hours, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport Brian Gush comments:
“After completing almost 8,000 km of development driving since we unveiled the car at Goodwood in July, we’re confident that the Continental GT3 is prepared for its first test race. While the development work never stops, we feel ready to take on the competition for the first time in Abu Dhabi. I’m delighted with our driver selection, and in Guy, Steven and Andy we have world-class talent. All at Team M-Sport Bentley are thrilled to be racing next month.”
Bentley’s new Continental GT3 race car makes its competitive debut at the 2013 Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi on 13th December 2013. The two-part endurance race test at the stunning Yas Marina circuit marks Bentley’s return to motorsport ten years after its dominant win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003. Since then, the return of Bentley to the racetrack has been eagerly awaited, and now the Continental GT3 is set to show the performance capabilities of Bentley’s renowned Continental GT in its most extreme form.
Since the GT3's dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, Bentley's new race car has begun an intensive programme of performance, setup and durability testing at tracks across Europe. The car has run exactly according to the expectations of a Bentley, having proven to be both reliable and fast in all conditions.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, comments:
The car has performed extremely well so far, and has matched or exceeded our simulations in every respect. With 3000 km of testing completed already, the team is very pleased with progress and we’re gaining confidence in our package. We’re all looking forward to the Gulf 12 Hours in December and can’t wait to run the car against the competition for the first time in its first test race.”
Following highly successful teamwork in the design stage, testing and development is being run by a specialist team comprising engineers both from Bentley and the Continental GT3 Technical Partner, M-Sport Ltd. Managed from a dedicated motorsport facility base at the Bentley factory, the car is being run by M-Sport in preparation for a full entry in the 2014 FIA Blancpain Series as Team M-Sport Bentley.
Watch the Continental GT3 tease film here.
Watch the Continental GT3 go up the hill at Goodwood Festival of Speed here.
See the Continental GT3 at Goodwood gallery here.
Download the Continental GT3 wallpaper here.