Bentley has confirmed that the new Continental GT3 racer will make is debut in the Gulf 12 Hours event in Abu Dhabi in December.

The race at Yas Marina will mark Bentley's return to motorsport ten years after its dominant win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003, with the GT3 model having been taking part in testing throughout Europe following a public debut at Goodwood earlier in the summer.

Testing and development is being run by a specialist team comprising engineers both from Bentley and the Continental GT3 Technical Partner, M-Sport Ltd. Managed from a dedicated motorsport facility base at the Bentley factory, the car is being run by M-Sport in preparation for a full entry in the 2014 FIA Blancpain Series as Team M-Sport Bentley.

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"The car has performed extremely well so far, and has matched or exceeded our simulations in every respect," Bentley's Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush said. "With 3000 km of testing completed already, the team is very pleased with progress and we're gaining confidence in our package.

"We're all looking forward to the Gulf 12 Hours in December and can't wait to run the car against the competition for the first time in its first test race."