Bentley M-Sport have announced they will run two cars in this season's Blancpain GT Endurance Series, with former champion Maximilian Buhk joining up from Mercedes.

The team had a successful 2014 with victories at Silverstone and Paul Ricard which earned them a second place finish in the championship. Bentley M-Sport have retained the British trio of Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick and Steven Kane for a second season.

The team also revealed the signing of 2014 Sprint Series champion Maximilian Buhk, who will drive in their second car along with Spaniard Andy Socek and Belgiun Maxime Soulet.

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"I'm thrilled that Guy, Steven and I will be together again in the Continental GT3 this year," Meyrick said. "2014 was the car's debut season and so second place a real achievement, but that clearly leaves us room to go one better and that's our target for the Continental GT3 this year."

As well as a return to the Blancpain GT Endurance Series, the Bentley-works team will also support entries into the Pirelli World Challenge in the US and the GT Asia series.

Soucek, who moved to Bentley M-Sport from ART McLaren, was involved in some early-season testing on the car in Portugal and was left thoroughly impressed.

"It feels fantastic to join Bentley, a company with such a long and prestigious connection with motorsport," Soucek said. "Racing for this team will be very special to me and I'm very excited to take on the challenge. I drove the Continental GT3 for the first time in Portimao recently, and was really impressed with its performance."

The racing begins for the Bentley M-Sport team on the 6th-8th February at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour event in the Premier Endurance Series.