Rob Bell Confirmed for Pro Entry in GT World Challenge with Jota
11th March 2021
Rob Bell will return to the Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS Endurance Cup for the 2021 season as part of an all-Pro line-up with British sportscar team JOTA. Rob is confirmed to join the new McLaren Customer Racing team racing alongside fellow Factory Drivers Ben Barnicoat and Ollie Wilkinson at the wheel of the 720S GT3.
The announcement marks a return for Rob to the championship for a second consecutive season with the McLaren 720S GT3, after debuting the car with Optimum Motorsport during 2020 with two top-10 finishes. Rob is looking to repeat the success of the 2016 season which saw him take victories at Monza and Paul Ricard on the way to securing the overall Endurance Cup title.
JOTA boast extensive success in international motorsport having claimed victories across a range of classes and categories over the recent years, including winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 and 2017. Rob joins the team as it embarks on its debut season in GT3 sportscar racing and brings extensive knowledge and experience of the McLaren having been heavily involved in the development programme and raced across Europe and the UK for the past two seasons.
The Pro entry Jota Sport McLaren will see Rob sharing the cockpit with fellow Factory Drivers for the five-race calendar which gets underway in the iconic Autodromo Nazionale di Monza next month. Rob will drive alongside 2020 Endurance Cup teammate Ollie Wilkinson, with Ben Barnicoat confirmed as the third driver.
Rob Bell –
“It is great to be able to confirm that I will be racing with Jota Sport and a return to the Endurance Cup of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS. It is one of the best GT3 championships in the world and, with the 720S GT3, we have a strong package which we can build on the strong results achieved so far this year and be in a position to challenge for podiums and race wins. The track record of JOTA speaks for itself and is a team I know well, and it is great to see them joining the McLaren Customer Racing family. They are a very professional outfit who don’t do things by halves, and I am looking forward to being part of the team, racing alongside Ollie and Ben and seeing what we can achieve together.”
The Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup is scheduled to start in Monza, 16-18 April before visits to Circuit Paul Ricard, the season highlight of the Total 24 Hours of Spa, the Nurburgring and the season finale in Barcelona.
2021 Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup
Circuit Paul Ricard 1,000km, France
29 July-1 August
Total 24 Hours of Spa, Belgium