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Ex-F1 racers Nicola Larini and Alex Caffi join Bentley GT effort

Alex Caffi

Ex-Formula 1 divers Nicola Larini and Alex Caffi will team up at the wheel of a new Bentley Continental GT3 for the remainder of this year's Italian GT Championship.

Larini and Caffi, who respectively started 49 and 56 grands prix, will drive a second-generation Continental entered by the Petri Corse team in the final four events of the series, starting this weekend at Mugello.

It represents a first regular race programme for the two Italian veterans, who are both 54, in nearly 10 years, although both have continued to race sporadically.

Sometime Ferrari F1 driver Larini's last full season was in the World Touring Car Championship in 2009 with Chevrolet, while Caffi contested the Italian GT Championship in 2010 in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Nicola Larini Chevrolet Macau WTCC 2009

Larini's recent appearances included making a one-off with Caffi's team in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series last year.

Caffi said: "I'm happy to share this experience with Nicola - we were both immediately excited by the idea."

Petri Corse, which is a Bentley dealer from Firenze, is a regular in GT racing circles, focusing on the Lamborghini Super Trofeo one-make series in Europe over the past couple of seasons.

It will take delivery of a second new Bentley for the 2019 season.

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