Thursday, Sep 19 01:54pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Earl Bamber back for another tilt at Macau title

Sports car specialist Earl Bamber is set to return to the streets of Macau for this year’s FIA GT World Cup with Porsche.

Bamber is part of a four-car strong contingent of factory-supported entries from the German marque, which also include Laurens Vanthroor (Belgium), Kévin Estre (France) and Alexandre Imperatori (Switzerland).

All four drivers will compete with the new-look Porsche 911 GT3 R. It’ll be the first time the 911.2 has raced at the Guia Street Circuit.

Improvements in the areas of aerodynamics and kinematics were systematically implemented from the insights garnered from the many race outings of its predecessor.

The six-cylinder engine in the rear of the GT3 racing vehicle produces over 368 kW (500 hp). The GT3 vehicle from Weissach underlined its enormous potential with its victory at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in 2019, among other events.

Regarded as one of the most challenging racetracks in the world, the circuit will this year receive several updates to accommodate the Formula 3 cars in the Macau Grand Prix.

Bamber and Vanthoor, who are teammates in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will run under the ROWE Racing moniker. Estre and Imperatori will compete for Absolute Racing.

“I had a very fast car last year, especially in the race, but there was no chance to overtake on this tight and fast circuit, which prevented me from getting to the very front,” Bamber said.

“This year we need to do everything we can to achieve a better grid position in qualifying. The Porsche 911 GT3 R will help us with this. I’m looking forward to competing for Rowe Racing with Laurens. We’d like to add another chapter to our #BamThor story. I’m excited about this.”

This year’s FIA GT World Cup plays support to the Macau Grand Prix over 14-17 November.