BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT3
Like Porsche, Ferrari
and, more recently,
Audi, Le Mans is in
But while the others
have had long-term
relationships with the
24 Hours (even Audi
is a 16-year/13-win
Le Mans history is
relatively fleeting, yet
fundamental to the
legend of the race
and the marque itself.
The 24 Hours was
first held in 1923, but
it was Bentley Motors’
culminating in four
straight wins for
the “Bentley Boys”
(ABOVE) in 1927-’ 30,
that gave it its kudos.
A return in 2001
ended with another
win in ’03 (BELOW).
Continental GT3 isn’t
the first PWC car to
feature a large mesh
grille, but surely its
looked as purposeful.
Or as menacing.
brand that’s just as comfortable with the
notion of esses and high-speed sweepers
as it is with an effortless cruise to your
weekend retreat in the Hamptons.
“When we raced at Le Mans in the past,
we put our back into it and did as we know
best,” Gush says. “That’s what we’ve done
with this as well. It’s an out-and-out racer
with the quality one would expect from a
Bentley. We’re known as a luxury brand and
a performance brand, so it’s our clearly-
stated objective to present both sides to
American audiences through this program.
“We’re fully aware of the diversity
within Pirelli World Challenge, and that’s
added to the value of this program. And
we certainly have confidence in Dyson
Racing being able to run the car as an
independent operation; the car will be as
good in their hands as it is in our hands.”