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FAMOUS NAME, BACK AT IT AGAIN: Bentley's Continental GT3 Concept Racer is set the be the belle of the ball at the 2013 Autosport International exhibition.

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CREWE, England - After highlight unveilings at the Paris and Los Angeles auto shows Bentley's Continental GT3 Concept Racer is about to star at the 2013 Autosport International exhibition.

The GT3 will be in the spotlight once again for its UK debut on the Autosport Stage for the duration of the show, from January 10-13 2013 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England.

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Response to the Continental GT3 has been overwhelmingly positive since the announcement of Bentley’s return to motorsport in the GT3 category, with significant interest from numerous potential customers. With detail design now under way at Bentley’s new motorsport department in Crewe, the Continental GT3 is on schedule to make its first track appearance by the end of 2013.

PARTNERSHIP OF PEDIGREE

To assist with the design of specialist components and offer focused technical expertise during the development of the programme; Bentley said it was delighted to announce a technical partnership with M-Sport whose credentials include the successful running of World Rally Programmes since 1997, including winning two Manufacturer’s World Rally championships.

Bentley’s director of motorsport, Brian Gush, commented: “Not only do we now have a world-beating operation in M-Sport as our new technical partner, but we have the honour of showing our Continental GT3 concept at Autosport International. The car continues to attract interest from around the globe, which is very encouraging as we progress the detail design.

"The whole team is looking forward to the exciting months ahead.”

M-Sport will design and develop specialist components, together with design work and project organisation being undertaken in-house at Crewe.

"The company’s Dovenby Hall base in Cumbria, north-west England, complements the Crewe-based team and factory facilities, together creating an array of expertise and equipment that will help to ensure the development of a competitive GT3 racecar worthy of Bentley’s return to the racetrack."

Commenting on the new partnership, M-Sport’s managing director Malcolm Wilson said: “Joining forces with Bentley to help create the new Continental GT3 is a rare privilege. Bentley’s design and analysis work to-date has shown that the road car can become an extremely competitive race car and we are looking forward to capitalising on our extensive competition car development experience and success to help Bentley realise its goals.”

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