Bentley has been one of the usual faces we see on the GT racing scene. Battling against the likes of Ferrari and BMW, Bentley has also achieved considerable success over the years, which is why it was such a surprise for us upon hearing the news that they are pulling the plug on the GT3 works program.
Paving Way to A New Future
The news was confirmed by none other than Bentley’s Director of Motorsport himself, Paul Williams. The brand is currently considering its future motorsport strategy and the GT3 program is no longer relevant on the table for them. However, this does not mean they are off motorsport altogether as Bentley are still very much interested on what the future holds for the motorsport scene.
“As Bentley moves rapidly towards becoming the world’s leading luxury sustainable mobility brand, the GT3 category no longer supports the strategy but there are some exciting changes in the industry right now and we are closely evaluating how motorsport can support the brand in the future.”
Final Showdown Grounds for Drivers
As for the contracted drivers that they have in the lineup, they will still be competing in the Kyalami 9 Hours this weekend, before being released at the end of the year. The trio of Jordan Pepper, Jules Gounon and Maxime Soulet have the opportunity in clinching the Drivers title. The second Msport Bentley is driven by Oliver Jarvis, Seb Morris and Alex Buncombe.
“I want to start by saying thank you, on behalf of Bentley, to each of the 16 world-class drivers that have represented us over the last seven years,” said Paul Williams. “But special thanks go to Max Soulet, Jordan Pepper, Jules Gounon and Seb Morris who supported us when COVID put our works team programme on stop and who stepped-up to work incredibly hard for our customer teams in a compacted season.”
So where will Bentley go to after this? With the LMDh program gaining traction, it will be interesting to see them participating in this newly-established class in the endurance scene. Formula E is a possible option for Bentley as well, as the brand plans to launch their first electric vehicle in 2025 and the experience learnt in the racing series will highly benefit them.