Bentley Considering Prototype Return

by Jake Kilshaw

Bentley is looking at their options for a prototype effort starting in 2017, most likely in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.

Wolfgang Durheimer, Bentley CEO, has said that the company is interested in joining the new USCC Prototype class in 2017, as North America is the single biggest market for the British manufacturer.

Last year, Bentley returned to racing in the USA with Continental GT3s being run by Dyson Racing in the Pirelli World Challenge. The USCC is a much more difficult series and so overall race wins in the top class would certainly appeal to Bentley.

It is likely that Bentley will get the Continental GT3 IMSA homologated for 2016, which would allow it to race in the GT Le Mans class, but Durheimer has insisted that he wants to race in the top tier.

Bentley attended the LMP2 manufacturer’s meeting at Daytona this year, but at the moment they seem to prefer the idea of a Daytona Prototype entry rather than a LMP2. The car would use the V8 engine currently in the Continental GT3.

Last time Bentley had a prototype program was with the Speed 8, which won the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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