Chris Harris was very popular among petrolheads even before he was announced as a member of the new Top Gear team. Everyone remembers its drifts and burnouts with some of the most expensive cars on the market. Now, Chris Harris will get the chance of doing drifts even for competition.

He will race a Bentley Continental GT3 in the Blancpain Endurance Series Cup this season, starting with the opening round at Monza this weekend.

The journalist is joining Bentley Team Parker Racing in its Am class entry, one of four Continental GT3s competing in the five round Series that includes the world-famous Spa 24 Hours.

With its fast straights and tight chicanes, the opening round at Monza will prove challenging for the 57 cars and 171 drivers entered into the three-hour race.

“This is a bit of a pinch yourself moment,” he commented. “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!”