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British GT grid boosted by Bentley for 2014

Tuesday, December 10 2013

The Avon Tyres British GT Championship grid will include the legendary Bentley marque in 2014, with the Generation Bentley Racing customer team the first to buy one of the brand new Bentley Continental GT3 cars.

The 600bhp 4 litre twin turbo V8-engined car has been developed by World Rally Championship challengers M-Sport. The company, formed by rally veteran Malcolm Wilson, dipped its toe into GT racing last year, fielding an Audi R8 for Warren Hughes and Rembert Berg before transferring its focus onto the Bentley project.

The Generation car will be driven in the 2014 championship season by James Appleby and series regular Steve Tandy. Appleby has experience with the Junior Aston Martin Racing team at GT4 level and the 24-year old is looking forward to returning to the championship after a brief sojourn in 2010.

"From my point of view it's great to return to racing in the UK again after competing in the European GT4 championship in 2011," he said. "After having a quiet couple of years since European GT4, it's great to be jumping into the best looking GT3 car on the grid! We have an extensive pre-season testing schedule planned and I think it should stand us in good stead for the season."

Tandy, who graduated to GT racing from the historic scene, has tasted success with the Trackspeed and 888Optimum squads over the past two seasons. "It's a very exciting project to be involved with," he said. "Bentley has a fantastic heritage and the experience M-Sport has is incredible, they're such an impressive team that is able to adapt, I have a lot of confidence in what we're trying to do here. To get in on this project so early is a great opportunity. We'll see how it all goes in the next twelve months, but I'm viewing this as a longer term project anyway and hopefully we can create a special challenger with the Bentley."

Tickets for all three MSV rounds of the 2014 Avon Tyres British GT Championship season will be available to purchase shortly. Season passes are also available for 2014 events at a special price before Christmas - click here to view or purchase.