Bentley Motors has created a new Motorsport Academy, developed in partnership with customer outfit Team Parker Racing, creating a path to success for talented young racing drivers. For 2020, Bentley will choose three aspiring drivers from an original pool of eight contenders.
The initiative will run from January to October 2020, with the three successful drivers being selected after final tests at Portimao in Portugal in December 2019.
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The year-long programme comprises both on and off-track content, including a season of competition in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup.
As well as racing a Continental GT3 with customer outfit Bentley Team Parker Racing, the three recruits receive: Fitness training, media and brand ambassador training, simulator coaching, practical and theoretical engineering courses and mentoring from a Bentley works team racing driver.
As well as the five-race GT Europe Endurance series races, Academy members will also take part in shakedown testing of Bentley’s Continental GT3 race cars and will attend official tests at Paul Ricard in France, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Monza in Italy, Silverstone in the UK and Nürburgring in Germany.