New 'Top Gear' host Chris Harris to race with Bentley in Blancpain Endurance Series

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In addition to playing a host on the new season of Top Gear, as well as the spinoff series Extra Gear, both of which start this Sunday, Chris Harris will be racing a Bentley Continental GT3 in the 2016 Blancpain GT Endurance Series Cup (formerly Endurance Series).

Harris is one of the world’s most loved car journalists but he’s also an accomplished racing driver, having raced in a number of top endurance events over the years including the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

For his latest endeavor, he will be behind the wheel of a 2016-spec Bentley Continental GT3 fielded by Bentley Team Parker Racing in the GT3 Am class, and with fellow Brit Chris Cooper as his teammate. Harris’ car will be one of four Continental GT3s competing this year. Bentley Team Parker Racing will field a second car in the GT3 Pro-Am class while semi-official Bentley factory team Bentley Team M-Sport will field the remaining two cars, both in the GT3 Pro class.

First race is this weekend

“This is a bit of a pinch yourself moment,” Harris said in statement. “If, last year, you’d asked me what my dream 2016 race season would be it would have involved a Bentley Continental GT3, Stuart Parker and my good friend and long-time teammate Chris Cooper—and now it’s happened.”

The Blancpain GT Endurance Series Cup serves as a spiritual successor to the FIA GT Championship, which folded in 2009. The Endurance Series Cup features races 3 hours in length. There is also a Blancpain Sprint Series Cup which features races 1 hour in length.

The opening round for the 2016 Blancpain GT Endurance Series Cup runs this weekend in Monza, Italy.

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