As reported some days ago by Marshall Pruett on Racer.com, Team Hardpoint will enter a Porsche 911 GT3 R in the 2021 IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship GT Daytona class.
It’s the biggest announcement yet from the previously announced partnership between Team Hardpoint and Earl Bamber Motorsport. Rob Ferriol, the owner of Team Hardpoint, and Earl Bamber will pair as the full-season driver lineup.
“It’s really exciting to see the partnership between Team Hardpoint and Earl Bamber Motorsport expand into GTD,” Earl Bamber said. “As a team owner, I’m very proud to see all of our hard work come to fruition. As a driver, I’m thrilled to stay in IMSA next year. I love the tracks, I love the competition and I love the fans. I’m going to do my best to get Rob [Ferriol] and Team Hardpoint EBM some wins in 2021,” Bamber said.
With the factory-backed Porsche GTLM programme concluding at the end of the 2020 season, it frees up a number of very talented drivers. Bamber, with the help of his own race team, is the first of those to secure a programme for next season.
Team Hardpoint EBM will use their Porsche Carrera Cup North America programme as a feeder series of sorts. If one of their drivers wins the Pro category of the 2021 Carrera Cup North America, they will earn a seat in the team’s GTD entry at the 2022 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
“This is an exciting chapter not just for Team Hardpoint EBM, but also for me personally,” Ferriol said. “I’ve loved Porsches since long before I could afford one. When my business started to see some success a few years ago, the first gift I bought myself was a used Porsche 911. The first time I was on a racetrack, and the first time I went racing, both Porsches. So to have this opportunity to not only expand the Team Hardpoint EBM partnership into the WeatherTech series, but also share driving duties in the Porsche 911 GT3 R is a dream come true,” Ferriol said.