Bentley motorsport returns to North America
After an impressive performance at the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series in Monza, Italy last weekend, the new Bentley Continental GT3 will enter North American Motorsports, in conjunction with with Dyson Racing, the premier sports car racing team in the U.S. Dyson will race a pair of Continental GT3s in the second half of the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge in preparation for a full season of competition in 2015. The new partnership returns Bentley to the racetracks of North America for the first time since 2003.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, comments:
“Now that our European motorsport programme is up and running, securing a return to racing in our biggest market is the natural next step. It’s extremely exciting to be back here with a racecar, and I’m delighted to be working with the Dyson team. Their operation reflects and embodies so many Bentley values, and I’m very confident in their abilities. This venture is the next step in the Continental GT3 plan, which we hope will eventually see our customers racing in Bentleys all around the world.”
Pending testing and development results, Bentley’s U.S. racing programme will begin with the entry of a single Continental GT3 in the Road America round of the Pirelli World Challenge at Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin on June 21. A second car will be added later in the season.
While the final team has still to be confirmed, Chris Dyson and Butch Leitzinger are scheduled to share responsibilities for the single-driver sprint races. Leitzinger, a veteran Bentley Boy, drove the class-winning Bentley EXP-8 at the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race in 2001 and 2002.
Team Principal Rob Dyson comments:
“Our team is proud to be demonstrating to Americans that Bentley is not only one of the great names in automotive history, but also today the producer of the finest high-performance luxury cars available. As Dyson Racing begins its fourth decade in professional motorsports, it’s an honor for all of us on the team to be racing the Continental GT3 with Bentley in the Pirelli World Challenge.”
Read more about the Continental GT3 and Bentley Motorsport in America here.