Rob Bell confirmed for GT World Challenge Europe with Optimum Motorsport
17th January 2020
Rob Bell has been confirmed as part of an exciting all-Pro driver line-up for an attack on the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup with the McLaren 720S GT3. Rob joins the newly announced Customer Racing team Optimum Motorsport who have made the switch to McLaren for the 2020 season, and him team up with fellow McLaren Factory Driver Joe Osborne and McLaren Professional Driver Ollie Wilkinson in, what is highly regarded as the most challenging GT3 championship in the world.
Previously the Blancpain Endurance Championship, the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup consists of five races including the blue riband Total 24 Hours of Spa event. Rob makes a welcome return to the grid with his sights set on silverware, having secured the Endurance Cup driver title in 2016 at the wheel of the McLaren 650S GT3 of Garage 59.
Rob joins Optimum Motorsport as the team confirms a switch to McLaren for the new season. He brings extensive knowledge of the 720S GT3, having been a key player in the development of car over the past two seasons, and following a season racing the car in the British GT championship with Balfe Motorsport. Rob will share the cockpit with Joe Osborne and Ollie Wilkinson in an exciting all-British driver line-up, as the three McLaren-affiliated drivers combine to debut the 720S GT3 in the series and take on the biggest challenge in GT3 racing.
Rob Bell -
“I’m delighted to be driving the 720S GT3 for Optimum Motorsport alongside Ollie and Joe in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup. It’s one of the most competitive championships in the world, with the strength of the grid becoming stronger every season, but I cannot wait. I’m especially looking forward to taking on one of the biggest challenges in GT3 racing; the 24 Hours of Spa.
“Behind the scenes at McLaren Customer Racing, we’ve been working hard to produce the best-performing car for this event, and this will be an amazing opportunity to show what we can do!”
Round 1 of the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup kicks off at Monza in Italy 17-19 April, before a busy month of May sees a visit to the home of British motorsport, Silverstone for Round 2, 9-10 May, followed by Round 3 at the Circuit Paul Ricard 1,000kms, 29-30 May. The ultimate challenge of the season and Round 4 takes place 23-26 July as the series heads to the Ardennes Forest for the Total 24 Hours of Spa, before the season concludes at the infamous Nürburgring in Germany, 4-6 September.