Bentley Motorsport has signed one of Asia’s leading racing outfits, Phoenix Racing Asia, as its latest partner team to campaign the new Continental GT3. Together, Bentley Motorsport and Phoenix Racing Team Asia will contest the Blancpain GT Asia Series starting with the Shanghai round later this year.
After twice winning the GT Asia Series, Bentley Motorsport was keen to conquer the newest GT3 championship in the region – Blancpain GT Series Asia. With several potential customer teams expressing interest in running the new 4.0-litre V8 race car, Bentley began extensive discussions before selecting Phoenix Racing Asia as the partner team for the six-race series that visits Japan, Thailand, China and Malaysia.
The team will join Bentley Motorsport at the Intercontinental GT Challenge10 Hours of Suzuka on 25/26 August to develop their knowledge of the new Continental GT3 before taking delivery of their cars for a two-day test. The team will contest its debut race in the Blancpain GT Series Asia round in Shanghai on 22/23 September.
Bentley Motorsport’s Head of Operations Nick Burns comments: “Having a leading team represent us in Blancpain GT Series Asia was extremely important to us. It’s an incredibly tough series but we believe Phoenix Racing Asia has what it takes to win races. We are already engaged with the team and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to Suzuka for the 10-hour race – we believe that close co-operation is key to global success.”
The Phoenix Racing Asia partnership will take the number of Bentley racing teams competing in Asia to three, as they join Super GT teams Eicars OTT and est Cola by AAS.