2014 Bentley Continental GT3 race carEnlarge Photo
After making its official comeback to motorsport this year, by competing in the Blancpain Endurance Series, British automaker Bentley has already enjoyed a maiden victory with its Continental GT3 race car and is likely set for more victories given its strong performance so far. Now, Bentley is expanding its motorsport program.
Bentley has confirmed this week that it will compete in the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2015. This will be in addition to another full season of the Blancpain Endurance Series as well as a season of the Pirelli World Challenge here in North America. The automaker has also confirmed that it is open to other races as part of an extended motorsport program that will also be open for customer teams.
“We’ve been looking to compete at the Nürburgring ever since we announced our return to racing in 2012, but we knew that we had to develop and prove the capabilities of our Continental GT3 first,” Bentley board member for engineering Rolf Frech said in a statement. “The 24-hour race at the Nürburgring is one of the toughest, at the pinnacle of sports car racing, but with our season of learning in 2014 and with the Continental GT3 already being a race-winner, we feel confident in targeting the event for 2015.”
Some of the cars Bentley is likely to up against in the 2015 Nürburgring 24 Hours include racing versions of the Aston Martin Vantage, Audi R8, Lexus LFA, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911.
This year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours kicks off tomorrow and concludes on Sunday. No doubt Bentley will be keeping a close eye on the race.