Other than Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris has the most racing experience out of the new Top Gear ensemble. And for 2016, Harris will be participating in the Blancpain GT Series, driving the Bentley Continental GT3 for Team Parker Racing.
This is a bit of a dream for Chris Harris, who lately has been living a dream after being picked up as one of the Top Gear co-presenters earlier this year. According to Motorsport.com Harris commented:
Certainly more eyes will be on Chris Harris now more than ever, thanks to the added pressure of being a Top Gear co-presenter. The new Top Gear crew themselves have an uphill battle to gain back the favor of the public, as the BBC has found itself in controversy after controversy, starting with the firing of frontman Jeremy Clarkson more than a year ago. It will be interesting to see if Harris’ involvement with Blancpain GT Series will help the new Top Gear’s image at all.
This is a bit of a pinch yourself moment. If, last year, you’d asked me what my dream 2016 race season would be, it would have involved a Bentley Continental GT3, Stuart Parker and my good friend and long-time team mate Chris Cooper. And now it’s happened!
I saw an early car being built two years ago and ever since then I’ve wanted to drive one. That I get to do it with Team Parker, a team I’ve had many successes with in the past, is fantastic news. The GT3 category is the most interesting, varied form of circuit racing out there and I think that with Chris [Cooper] and Derek Pierce we have a very good team to attack the Am championship. I just need to remember that the big oversteer is for the Top Gear cameras, not the race track.