Bentley Motorsport confirmed today that the Continental GT3 is set to make its Asian racing debut in the GT Asia series at Shanghai on Oct. 10-12.
The British manufacturer has signed a partnership with Absolute Racing from China at last weekend’s iRacing.com Nürburgring 1000 event.
The Zhuhai-based team will race the Continental GT3 at the Shanghai International Circuit, before competing in the Macau GT race in November.
“After wins on two continents this year already, developing our GT3 program further was the natural step. We have been impressed with Absolute Racing’s operation in China, and I’m very pleased to have them join our expanding motorsport family,” said Bentley’s Chairman Wolfgang Dürheimer.
“I wish them the very best of luck with our new Continental GT3 and look forward to seeing a Bentley racing and hopefully winning in China, one of our most important markets.”
Absolute Racing has taken delivery of its car, which will be driven at the two events by former FIA WEC driver and 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours GTE-Am class winner Jean-Karl Vernay.
“We’ve received our car and we’re already preparing for our first race in Shanghai, where we hope to be able to compete with the fastest competitors straight away,” said Absolute Racing’s Ingo Matter.
“We are delighted to be taking the Continental GT3 racing in Greater China. Bentley has already shown that their car is a race winner in Europe and in America, and we’ll be doing everything we can to score the same success in China.”