After a pause of more than four months, Team Parker Racing is set to open the GT WorldChallenge Europe season as it travels to Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Italy for round one of the series’ Endurance Cup with its Bentley Continental GT3 this weekend (July 25-26).
It will also be a weekend to remember for Cumbrian driver Frank Bird along with teammates Nicolai Kjærgaard and Euan McKay as they compete as part of the brand-new Bentley Motorsport Academy, aiming to become the next generation of ‘Bentley Boys’.
With pre-season testing well underway when the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe, there has been little time for the team to reflect as preparations have been ramped up ready to get back on track.
As well as undertaking test days at venues across the United Kingdom, Penrith-born Frank and his teammates also spent time at SIMTrack, where they worked to learn every inch of the 3.050-mile (4.909-km) Imola circuit, ready to hit the ground running.
Frank Bird: “It’s great to finally get the ball rolling and head to Imola to open the GT World ChallengeEurope season. I haven’t been there before, none of us have, so it was really useful to spend some time at SIMTrack learning the circuit and I have to thank Team Parker Racing and Bentley for that. It was enjoyable to learn as it is a bit of an old school track, so I can’t wait to get there.”
Saturday, 25 July
Free practice 09:00 (08:00 BST)
Pre-Qualifying 13:10 (12:10 BST)
Qualifying 17:30 (14:30 BST)
Sunday, 26 July
Main Race 13:30 (12:30 BST)
Livestream: Watch the race live on Sunday 26 July at 11:30 on: YouTube.com/GTWorld
Images: Frank Bird (far left) and in action in the Bentley Continental GT3.