Bentley Motorsport has stepped into the world of esports by announcing entry into its debut sim racing championship – the six round SRO E-Sport GT Series .
Bentley will field squads in the ‘Pro’ class race for real-world racers, the ‘Silver’ class race for elite sim racers, and show support for all Continental GT3 drivers around the world, in the ‘Am’ class events.
Bentley’s director of motorsport, Paul Williams, says, “Whether a real world racer, a pro sim racer or a gamer who races for fun, if you choose to race in the Continental GT3, you are part of our esports family. To support this growing family, we have entered as a manufacturer for the SRO E-Sport GT Series, and engaged our real-world race team to assist drivers with set-up and social media promotion.”
To celebrate the announcement, the 2020 works team livery, worn by the Bathurst 12 Hours race-winning Continental GT3, will be available for all Assetto Corsa Competizione users to download.
“We are working closely with our partners at Kunos, the developers of Assetto Corsa Compeitizione, to ensure we are prepared for the season ahead and are talking to professional sim racers who can not only represent us on track but can also assist our real world racers with in-game set-up and racing style.
Paul adds, “We entered the SRO E-Sport GT Series Charity Challenge a few weeks ago and were incredibly impressed with the quality of the production and the racing. This is definitely the right place for us to be competing.”
The six-round series mirrors events in the GT World Challenge Europe, with round one taking place at Silverstone on April 26.