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Bentley to make British GT return in 2016

Tuesday, November 24 2015

Bentley will return to the British GT Championship grid in 2016 with Team Parker, which will run a pair of Continental GTs for the Crewe-based manufacturer.

Bentley returns to British GT after a year's absence, although the Continental GT has been successful in the international Blancpain GT Series. Team Parker has yet to announce the driver line-up for both cars, which are expected to appear at the championship's rounds at Brands Hatch on 16/17 April, Oulton Park on 28/30 May and Snetterton on 6/7 August.

Team boss Stuart Parker said: "We're absolutely delighted to have signed a deal with Bentley, it is a fantastic British brand, which is close to my heart. It's been a refreshing experience dealing with the team. From the very first conversation to signing the contract last week, we've felt incredibly welcome and close to the factory and that's a unique experience when dealing with a manufacturer.

"The Continental GT3 has proven itself in Europe, so we know we can hit the ground running in the Blancpain Endurance Series, and we're looking forward to taking Bentley back to the British GT Championship grid."

Bentley's Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, added: "We're extremely excited to have Team Parker Racing in the Bentley Motorsport fold," he said. "It's important that we partner up with teams that have proven they have what it takes to run race- and championship-winning cars and we are confident that, together, we can have success.

"Having a strong presence in the British GT Championship was a key focus for us for 2016. It is one of the top national GT championships in the world and it's right on our doorstep, so it makes perfect sense to work with a seasoned championship team like Team Parker Racing and aim for the overall title."

Tickets for the British GT Championship at Brands Hatch on 16/17 April, Oulton Park on 28/30 May and Snetterton on 6/7 August are available from £18. For more details call 0843 453 9000 or click on the dates.