Bentley Team Absolute will enter two cars in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship for the final rounds at Sonoma Raceway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The No. 78 Bentley Continental GT3 will be driven by Korean driver Andrew Kim in the GTA class.
Kim is no stranger to Absolute Racing or Bentley; in the GT Asia series, he partners with Adderly Fong in the No. 7 Bentley Continental GT3. The duo is eighth in the championship there, having scored a win and three podiums together.
Sonoma will be Kim’s North American race debut and marks the first time a Korean driver has participated in a PWC race.
“I was at Mid-Ohio to see Adderly who is my teammate in GT Asia,” Kim said. “It made me really wanted to join PWC. It looks very tough and competitive.
“The tracks seem to have much less margin for mistakes. Normally, in Asia, we race on Formula 1 tracks, which are huge with lots of runoff. I am looking forward to driving at old school tracks in America!
“I hope to come away with a strong result. I only have Asian racing experience, so this is a great opportunity. It is an honor to be first Korean to participate in PWC.”
Kim can glean some advice from teammate Fong, who is a full-season PWC driver in the No. 88 Bentley Continental GT3. Fong is currently eighth in GT Drivers Championship and recently scored back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Utah Motorsports Campus.
Fong, however, has never been to 12-turn, 2.385-mile Sonoma Raceway.
Though Fong and Kim will race in identical machinery, on track at the same time, Kim will be classified in the GTA division for amateur drivers.
The Chinese team hasn’t entered two cars in PWC competition since Andrew Palmer’s serious accident at Lime Rock Park in May.
Palmer’s family has not released any further medical update since June.