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Earl Bamber Motorsport Looking To Defend Bathurst Crown

'Bamthor' at Bathurst?

Earl Bamber Motorsport is working on defending its Bathurst 12 Hour crown in 2020, DSC has learned.

Speaking to DSC in Shanghai, Earl Bamber, who is in China to oversee EBM’s five-car Porsche Carrera Cup Asia operation (and cheer on his brother Will in his WEC debut), said he is working on plans to defend the title at the moment.

“From a team side, we want to go down, that’s the goal, that’s the aim right now. We’re working on budgets and sponsorship right now,” he said.

“I’d like to go with myself and Laurens actually, it’s a race we haven’t won. I’ve won it as a team, now I want to win it as a driver. Laurens and I will go down there with one other driver that will be TBC. We could probably put ‘Bamthor’ stickers on it or something!”

As for the team’s wider commitments in 2020, plans are still in the making, though Bamber is keen for his team to continue to grow.

“It’s been a journey, it’s been pretty cool. We started with two cars in Carrera Cup Asia, this year we’ve expanded to five. We want to build it, support young drivers. We’ve learnt a lot. We want to go bigger and better next year, it’ll be a challenge but we are always trying to improve.

“It was pure and simple (when he started his team), we wanted to fill a void in the market place and provide a high-level team to the region, like a mini-factory team in feeling, procedure and operations. We want to build a culture that everyone wants to work with. We are serious, we enjoy it, and always want to go motor racing.

“Me and my brother (Will) are working hard.”

Next up for the newly-crowned IMSA GTLM champion is the Macau GT World Cup next weekend, then the IGTC finale at Kyalami, both are events he is looking forward to.

“There’s still more racing to go this year,” he continued. “I’m really looking forward to bringing the new GT3 R to Macau and Kyalami. They wanted me to bring my own one to Macau, but I said I didn’t want to crash my own car so I left it at home!

“Obviously it’s great to go to Kyalami too. It’s great to see Toby (Venter) take the track from what it was and make it into an international, high-level circuit. I hope they have a good event first time out.”

While it’s not confirmed just yet if he will defend his GTLM title in IMSA, Bamber says he hopes to return to the championship with Porsche and the new 911 RSR 19, which will debut in North America next year.

“They haven’t confirmed who’s driving in IMSA next year yet, we’ll have to wait until December to find out. But I’d very much like to be able to come back and defend.

“I’ve had a bit of a drive in the new car, but haven’t a long time behind the wheel. I’ve been away. But it’s amazing to see what Porsche has put in the car, the advancements like the steering wheel. It’s very familiar from the LMP1 programme, and that’s what Porsche is all about, taking things from the top and feeding it into everything down to road cars.

“This year, it was a phenomenal campaign, I had a remarkable campaign in America this year, Laurens and I were really hungry to win it. We had a long-hard look in the winter at what Corvette does, they’d won it three times in a row, so we looked at their strategy, and formulated a plan.

“We executed it well. It’s nice to finally get one of those championships at the pinnacle of GT racing.”