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Tuesday, Jan 14 11:14am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Earl Bamber and Craig Lowndes team up for Bathurst 12 Hour

IMSA champion Earl Bamber and Supercars legend Craig Lowndes will join forces in this year’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

 

The pair will race alongside Laurens Vanthoor of Belgium in a second-generation Porsche 911 GT3 R under the Earl Bamber Motorsport banner.

 

The factory-backed GT3 effort is one of four by Porsche in this year’s race. A Pro-Am entry is set to be announced later this week.

 

This year will mark the fifth time Bamber has raced in the Bathurst 12 Hour. It marks a return of sorts after he stepped out of the driving seat to lead the team to victory as a team owner in 2019 with Matt Campbell, Dennis Olsen and Dirk Werner.

 

 

“As a team we really very excited to go to the event,” Bamber said. “Obviously last year was amazing to win the race so to be able to return as defending champions for Porsche will be something special.

 

“As a driver, it will be awesome to team up with Laurens as we had a lot of success in America last year and follow each other all around the world racing.

 

“We are both really excited to have a legend in Craig Lowndes join the team and drive our car. He is the most successful Bathurst driver on the grid, so hopefully he can bring us some of that Lowndesy magic during the Bathurst 12 Hour weekend.

 

“The prospect of taking the new-generation 911 GT3 R to Bathurst is also going to be something incredible too and we are genuinely excited to have Meguiar’s come on board as they are such an iconic brand.”

 

Lowndes is one of the most successful drivers of all time at Mount Panorama with seven Bathurst 1000 wins and two Bathurst 12 Hour titles.

 

It’ll be his eighth start in the once-around-the-clock race. He first debuted in 1994, returning in 2011 in the GT3 era. It’ll be the first time Lowndes has raced a Porsche in the 12-hour epic.

 

 

Last year Lowndes finished just short of the podium in fourth overall, but will be looking to bring Earl Bamber Motorsport a second straight success.

 

“I’m really excited to be joining the Porsche family for the Bathurst 12 Hour, teaming up with factory drivers Earl and Laurens,” he said.

 

“Earl Bamber Motorsport is the reigning race-winning team so it’s exciting to help them defend their title. Earl and I have been teammates in the past and get on extremely well, so with a Belgian in the mix, it should also be a bit of fun too.

 

“It’s my first time racing in a Porsche and the new evolution 911 GT3 R looks like a weapon, I can’t wait.”

 

The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour event takes place from 31 January-2 February, reverting to a three-day format this year. Practice begins on Friday followed by qualifying on Saturday. The race beginning before sunrise on Sunday at 5:45 am local time (7:45 am NZST).

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