Team Parker Racing confirms participation in Blancpain Endurance Series
Official Bentley customer outfit Team Parker Racing has expanded its 2018 programme to include a Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup entry by announcing that Derek Pierce, Ade Barwick and Seb Morris will race its Continental GT3 in Europe this season.
The British team is representing Bentley in three championships this year after previously confirming its Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup and British GT plans. The news also ensures that three Bentleys will compete in the longer Endurance Cup format, with Team Parker Racing’s first-generation car joining Bentley Team M-Sport’s two new second-generation Continental GT3s on the grid at each of this year’s five rounds.
While M-Sport’s entries will compete for overall and Pro Cup honours, Team Parker Racing’s priority will be the Pro-Am Cup class, which is reserved for a mix of professionals and amateurs. 2018 also marks the first time since 2016 that Team Parker Racing has entered the Endurance Cup.
All three of its drivers are well known to the team. Pierce previously contested the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup aboard a Team Parker Racing-run Bentley in 2016, while former single-seater ace Morris moves across to the outfit’s European programme fresh from winning last season’s British GT title with their Continental GT3. Experienced GT racer Barwick is also no stranger to the squad having previously represented Team Parker Racing at several levels of British motorsport.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush: “We’re delighted to see Team Parker Racing return to the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup where they enjoyed success with Bentley two years ago. The first-generation Continental GT3 remains a proven performer over longer distances, as evidenced by Bentley Team M-Sport’s Endurance Cup title and Spa 24 Hours podium last season, while Seb also demonstrated his Pro-Am credentials by sealing the 2017 British GT Drivers’ crown for Team Parker Racing and Bentley. I firmly believe the partnership has all the ingredients to mount a very strong challenge in Europe this year.”
2018’s five-round Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup campaign, which features races lasting three, six and 24 hours, begins at Monza in Italy on April 20-22.
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