CREWE, England – Bentley Motorsport will send Vince Abril to the United States to race for Bentley Team Absolute in the Pirelli World Challenge’s SprintX division.
Abril will drive alongside Adderly Fong in the in the No. 88 Continental GT3.
SprintX is a recent addition to the Pirelli World Challenge schedule and features two drivers sharing the car in one hour races with a mandatory driver change.
The first race will be held at Virginia Int’l Raceway from April 28-30.
“I am delighted and honored to represent Bentley Motorsport in such a major and growing championship that is the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX,” said Abril. “It was a big career goal for me but I didn’t expect it to come so soon. I am very grateful and will do the best to capitalise on the opportunity I’m given.
“Bentley Team Absolute has obtained fantastic results for us, and I can’t wait to get started with them and Adderly, who has good experience with the car and the tracks. Together we will aim to bring Bentley to the top of the podium once more.”
At just 22 years old, Abril has been selected by Bentley Motorsport to support Bentley Team Absolute after two successful seasons of racing in Europe. Abril, who resides in Monaco, was promoted to Bentley’s works team at the end of 2015 after he won the Blancpain Sprint Series in a Continental GT3.
“We watched the first season of SprintX very closely and felt that it was a championship that Bentley Motorsport should be involved in,” said Bentley’s Director of Motorsport Brian Gush. “Bentley Team Absolute is a great team and Adderly and Vince will make a good pairing. We recognised Vince’s talent early on and, after a year of supporting him as he raced for our European customer team, we selected him to race for our works team.”
“He is a great representative for Bentley on a global level and we are proud to be sending him to the USA to embark on a new challenge for himself and the brand.”
In a second Continental GT3, Bentley Team Absolute Pirelli World Challenge racer Yufeng Luo will race alongside Swiss driver Alex Imperatori for the first two rounds. The Los Angeles-based Chinese racer Luo finished one spot off the GTA class podium at the most recent Pirelli World Challenge round on the streets of Long Beach.
CREDIT: Bentley Motorsport