The Covid-19 had taken a heavy toll on the Intercontinental GT Challenge, which was more affected than most of the other SRO championships. In addition to heats whose behavior was uncertain for a long time, several manufacturers had announced their withdrawal from competition.
Bentley, yet winner of the 12 Hours of Bathurst last February, was one of them. The British marque finally reversed its decision and will be part of the entire championship with official drivers Jules Gounon, Jordan Pepper and Maxime Soulet.
The trio will head to the United States on October 2 to compete in the 8 Hours of Indianapolis with the local K-Pax team, which drives the Bentleys in GT World Challenge America and Europe.
From 22 to 26 October, three teams will represent the brand at the 24 Hours of Spa. K-Pax will be there, alongside the French CMR team and Team Parker, all already present in GT World Challenge Europe.
“The Intercontinental GT Challenge is the pinnacle of GT competition and, as a manufacturer, it's where you need to be. We are now able to fight for the title, but using our family of client teams " comments Paul Williams, boss of Bentley Motorsport.
“Having four teams that can contribute to the title battle is really interesting. It would be a fantastic outcome for our client program if we could win together. "
Finally, Bentley will be represented at the Kyalami 9 Hours on December 12 by M-Sport. The team developed and driven the Bentley for several years before supporting customer teams for the 2020 season.
“I think everyone will be happy to see M-Sport enter two Continental GT3s at Kyalami. We couldn't have started this client program without their help and sacrifice so seeing them back on the grid as a team at this end of the year is something we weren't expecting and I'm sure that fans will be excited about. Hopefully they can finish the season the way they started it. "
Bentley won its first Intercontinental GT Challenge success in Bathurst.