Earl Bamber Motorsport and Porsche New Zealand have confirmed their intentions to field a multi-car team in both the Porsche Payce Carrera Cup Australia and the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge series next year.
EBM are regulars on the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series, and have been at the forefront of some factory-backed Intercontinental GT Challenge assaults, which includes a victory in the 2019 Bathurst 12 Hour.
The team was then set to race in Asia’s premier GT series – GT World Challenge Asia – in a trio of Porsche 911 GT3 Rs this year. However, the Covid-19 pandemic quashed those plans.
Next year, the team, which is run by former Le Mans 24-Hour winner Earl and brother Will, are expanding their operations with gigs in the GTD IMSA class and the Porsche Carrera Cup America.
Their latest plans to compete across the Tasman will see the team based out of the Gold Coast.
No doubt plenty of Kiwi drivers will be interested in the opportunities offered in Australia, and EBM have been known to support aspiring New Zealand talent. Already they have taken under their wing the likes of Auckland racer Reid Harker who was slated race for the team in this year’s Carrera Cup Asia Championship.
“With COVID-19 we were forced to look at other options in motorsport, and we feel Carrera Cup Australia will be a great fit for our team,” said Earl Bamber.
“We are really excited to be joining the Carrera Cup Australia grid in 2021. Porsche Cars Australia do a fantastic job at promoting the series and provide a solid platform for us to grow as a team across the globe.”
Troy Bundy, Head of Motorsport at Porsche Cars Australia, welcomed the addition of EBM to two of the country’s top domestic Porsche Series.
“Earl Bamber Motorsport are no strangers to racing in Australia, having won the Bathurst 12-hour in 2019 with our very own Matt Campbell, as well as competing in the joint round between Carrera Cup Australia and Asia in 2018.
“We’re excited to welcome EBM into both Carrera Cup Australia and Porsche Sprint Challenge for next year, along with the support of Porsche New Zealand, as 2021 is already shaping up to be one of our most competitive fields to date with strong grids across all classes.”