Thursday, Apr 25 03:24pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Earl Bamber Motorsport among 37-car Suzuka 10 Hours entry

Malaysia-based squad Earl Bamber Motorsport are set to field two cars in this year’s Suzuka 10 Hour.


The team are part of a mammoth 37-car provisional entry list for the race a Suzuka Circuit, which takes place on 23-25 August.


An updated entry list released this week saw several Japanese teams included many out of the Autobacs SUPER GT Series and Super Taikyu.


Last year saw the changeover from the 1000 kilometre event that was part of the SUPER GT Series to the bespoke GT3-based 10-hour race.


Currently the entries for Earl Bamber Motorsport are listed as TBA but it is expected that Matt Campbell, Dennis Olsen and Dirk Werner will occupy one car while Romain Dumas, Mathieu Jaminet and Sven Müller will race the other.


Only 10 teams have confirmed all or some of their line-up for the summer race.


Notable entries include Audi Sport Team WRT, Bentley Team M-Sport, BMW Team Schnizer, Garage59, Honda Team Motul, McLaren Customer Racing Japan, Walkenhorst Motorsport, Team Porsche, and several Mercedes-AMG customer supported efforts.


Mika Hakkinen will make his landmark return to racing with a yet-to-be-announced team. He’ll race a McLaren 720S GT3 with Katsuaki Kubota and SUPER GT Series regular Hiroaki Ishiura.


Former McLaren driver Gary Paffett will race a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for Strakka Racing with Tristan Vautier and Lewis Williamson.


Kamui Kobayashi will also race a Mercedes-AMG but with Japanese-based Team Goodsmile alongsidne Nobuteru ‘Nob’ Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka.


A sizeable 23 cars are entered as part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, which takes in races at Mount Panorama, Laguna Seca, Spa-Francorchamps, Suzuka and Kyalami.


CLICK HERE to see the full provisional entry list