Although a lot of folks simply equate Bentley as a luxury marque, they have to remember a couple of things. Bentley is actually a racing brand. Oh, and it's getting back in the game.

The last time Bentley entered in mainstream competitive racing, it was the 2003 Le Mans race it placed first and second in. This followed unsuccessful runs in 2001 and 2002. Now, the company is aiming for a podium finish with an all-new racecar, the Continental GT3.

Though it seems the Continental wouldn't be a race worthy competitor, in its first outing at the Gulf 12 Hours, held at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, the car finished fourth in what the motorsports team is calling a "test race."

I am no racing expert, but I will say that seems like a pretty good first go around. Let's see how the Continental GT3 does in the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series, which starts in April.

The Bentley Continental GT3 racecar made its eagerly-anticipated competition debut at its first test race at the Gulf 12 Hours, held at the famous Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. Racing as part of a comprehensive development programme ahead of the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series, the Continental GT3 helped Bentley return to mainstream racing for the first time since the celebrated Speed 8 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003.

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