Bentley returns to British GT with Team Parker Racing
Bentley will return to the British GT Championship with 2017 title-winners Team Parker Racing. The Leicestershire-based team will enter two current model Continental GT3s with sights set firmly on the next generation race car.
The line-up will remain largely unchanged for the 2018 season with Callum Macleod and Ian Loggie partnering once again in the #7 Continental GT3. Championship-winner Rick Parfitt Jr will return to the Bentley Team Parker squad for a third year and will be reunited with Ryan Ratcliffe, with whom he won the British GT4 Championship in 2013.
“We’re delighted to be returning to our home championship with Team Parker Racing,” commented Brian Gush, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport. “We have a very close working relationship with the team and have been impressed with how well the operation runs. The British GT Championship is one of the most competitive national series in the world and winning it is no mean feat. We look forward to defending the title alongside the team.”
Team Parker Racing will field two of the current model Continental GT3s in the 2018 season but team manager Stuart Parker says the relationship with Bentley is long-term and he looks forward to taking the second generation Continental GT3 once it is available to customers later this year.
“Our experience of working with Bentley has been fantastic,” commented Parker. “Our customers really enjoy racing the car and feeling part of the brand. We definitely see this as a long-term relationship with Bentley and with this driver line-up, and we’re looking forward to competing this season with the car that has been extremely reliable and proven very competitive.
“We’re all looking forward to the arrival of the next Continental GT3, as it looks like an incredible bit of kit but, right now, we are focused on our season ahead.”
Loggie and Macleod have raced together with Bentley Team Parker Racing since the start of 2016, when they contested the Blancpain GT Series. In 2017, they switched to British GT and became race winners at Spa-Francorchamps, the championship highlight.
Parfitt Jr. and Ratcliffe have reunited for the long-run to attempt to become the first driver pairing to win both the GT4 class and the GT3 class together.
The British GT Championship starts at Oulton Park on 31 March and continues to the UK’s major racetracks with a trip to Spa-Francorchamps a highlight of the year.
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