Monday, May 14 07:22pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Will Bamber wins on GT3 debut while Chris van der Drift gets podium

It was a weekend of contrasting fortunes for the Bamber brother last weekend while racing on opposite sides of the world.


The youngest of the two, Will Bamber, won on his return to the China GT Championship. He was a late call up to the series opener to fill in for former Castrol Toyota Racing Series graduate Martin Rump.


Bamber last year drove in the GTC division of the series, but last weekend drove an Audi R8 LMS GT3 for the first time in his fledging career.


The 24-year-old won the race, having taken over the reigns of the Kings car that had led from early on. The race was red flagged late in the piece while Bamber held a comfortable lead. Ultimately it was called off and Bamber was awarded the win. 


“It’s incredible,” Bamber said.


“Firstly, and I guess overall, thanks to Kings for having me this weekend for the first time and driving GT3 for the first time.


“It’s been an awesome week and the guys are great to work with. We’ve been hustling away with the car all weekend and we fixed some dramas from Saturday. To come through with the win is awesome.”


A day earlier Bamber finished fourth just off the podium. Fellow Kiwi Chris van der Drift scored back-to-back podium finishes with a second and third place finish across the two races.


Will Bamber’s brother Earl sustained an early exit from the Nürburgring 24 Hour having led in the early stages. Bamber’s teammate Laurens Vanthoor took pole position for the Porsche squad and led the race from the outset.


However, their race came to a premature end when co-driver Romain Dumas of France crashed heavily during the night.


The race was red flagged due to inclement weather. The 24 hour epic was duly won by Mathney Racing.


Photo: China GT