Bentley Motorsport will end their GT3 programme at the end of the 2020 season. This weekend’s Kyalami 9 Hours IGTC round will be the Crewe manufacturer’s last as an official GT3 marque, and all six factory drivers will be released from their contracts following the race.
The announcement comes soon after Bentley moved under the Audi umbrella within the wider VAG group, and confirmed that all Bentley models will be electric only from 2030. The closure of the GT3 project is linked to the coming switch to electric power, with the brand not wanting to promote cars that will soon become obsolete.
Customer teams will be supported through the 2021 season, but after that Bentley expects the number of Continental GT3 cars in competition to fade away.
Bentley made their GT3 debut in 2013, and the cars have taken several wins and championships in British GT, GT World Challenge and the Intercontinental GT Challenge