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Wednesday, Sep 18 08:45am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Earl Bamber to race in iconic colours at Petit Le Mans

The Porsche GT Team are set to campaign the iconic colours of Coca-Cola at this year’s Petit Le Mans as part of 50th anniversary celebrations for IMSA.

 

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship culminates in the annual 10-hour race at Road Atlanta where Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor will seek to secure the GTLM title.

 

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Both the no.911 and no.912 entries from Porsche will run identical throwback liveries, harking back to the 1980s.

 

Bob Akin Motor Racing-prepared Porsche race cars carried Coca-Cola themed liveries for seven years. The classic livery is a tribute to the Porsche 962 that won at Sebring 12 Hors in 1986 wearing the Coca-Cola ‘wave’ or the ‘Dynamic Ribbon’ across the bonnet, side, and rear bumper.

 

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Bob Akin, Hans Stuck, and Jo Gartner led a Porsche one-two-three in that race. They completed 2244 kms at an average speed of 186 km/h to win by eight laps over their nearest rivals.

 

The Porsche 911 RSR shared by 2015 overall Petit Le Mans winners Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) as well Frédéric Makowiecki (France) will carry a white windshield banner on the no.911.

 

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The no.912 of Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Mathieu Jaminet (France) will have the black banner on their windshield. Like the popular 962 of the time, both cars will feature white BBS wheels.

 

Bamber and Vanthoor lead the series on 304 points ahead of Tandy and Pilet on 292 points. Porsche had already wrapped up the Manufacturers’ Championship after a streak of success for the pair of Porsche 911 RSR race cars.

 

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