Four Porsche 911 GT3 R will foe a fantastic eventuality in Australia on a initial weekend in February. Three patron teams margin a successful GT3 vehicle, that will give a final farewell opening Down Under. As stipulated by a regulations, a GT3 cars contingency be final year’s spec. Facing unbending foe from vehicles from 9 other manufacturers in a tip category, a Porsche teams have good chances of success. Different this year: Instead of holding his place in a cockpit, Porsche works motorist Earl Bamber (New Zealand) assumes a purpose of group trainer during a array wall.
The GT competition was initial contested on a 6.213-kilometre Mount Panorama Circuit in 1991. The circuit 200 kilometres west of Sydney consists of open roads that breeze over 23 curves by a hilly panorama of New South Wales. Per lap, a vehicles contingency overcome an betterment disproportion of 174 metres. The snaking, slight passages opposite a shallow of a towering paint a sheer contrariety to a prolonged straights during a feet of Mount Panorama. The racetrack poses a good plea to drivers, engineers and teams alike. Traditionally, a 12-hour eventuality takes off before morning during 5.45am, with a checkered dwindle dropping in a early dusk before sundown.
With his EBM Team (Earl Bamber Motorsport), Porsche works motorist Earl Bamber campaigns dual ca. 500-hp Porsche 911 GT3 R. Sharing pushing duties in his cars, a New Zealander has 6 of his colleagues from a patrol of a sports automobile manufacturer from Weissach. Taking a circle of a No. 911 automobile are Sven Müller (Germany) and a dual Frenchmen Romain Dumas and Mathieu Jaminet. In a cockpit of a No. 912 automobile are Porsche Young Professionals Dennis Olsen (Norway) and Matt Campbell (Australia) as good as works motorist Dirk Werner (Germany). Marc Lieb (Germany), Timothy Pappas (USA) and Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) helm a matching No. 540 automobile run by Black Swan Racing. The Competition Motorsports/McElrea Racing patrol put their trust in works motorist Kévin Estre (France), Porsche-Junior Jaxon Evans (New Zealand) and David Calvert Jones (Australia).
The 911 GT3 R was designed by Porsche for worldwide GT3 series. Mounted with a ultra-modern, four-litre flat-six engine with approach fuel injection, a 368 kW (500 hp) patron competition racer distinguished a competition entrance in Jan 2016 during a Daytona 24-hour race. Since then, a racer has notched adult victories in countless general racing series, for instance in a IMSA SportsCar Championship, a World Challenge, a ADAC GT Masters, and during a Nürburgring VLN prolonged stretch championship. For 2019, a indication will be transposed by a new version.
The Bathurst 12 Hour takes off on Sunday, 3 February, during 5:45 hrs internal time (Saturday, 19:45 hrs CET). The competition can be watched live on a Internet outward Australia on www.bathurst12hour.com.au.
Fritz Enzinger (Head of Motorsport): “Bathurst outlines a start of a Intercontinental GT Challenge. This year we aim to go all-out in this worldwide continuation array for GT3 vehicles. We’re contesting a initial turn with a tried-and-tested Porsche GT3 R. This automobile has underlined a intensity impressively, achieving many successes on opposite racetracks. With a clever motorist crews and a well-structured, informal teams, we should be good positioned to take on a tough quarrel opposite many other brands.”
Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “Although Earl Bamber’s group is still comparatively new, it has all a mixture to be successful during such a long-distance race: a top-notch motorist choice and ideally prepared cars. The other patron teams are also good positioned. I’m assured that all 4 Porsche 911 GT3 R will be in a position to move home a lectern result. Bathurst is a really special race. If we get by though mishaps and eventually have a fastest motorist during a wheel, afterwards anything is possible. Our vital idea is to send a proven 911 GT3 R into retirement with one final victory.”
Romain Dumas (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “The event, a track, a sourroundings – this is what tender me final year. It creates me all a some-more vehement for this year’s race. My teammates Mathieu and Sven don’t nonetheless know this special track, however they’ll fast familiarize themselves with a quirks. Our automobile is proven. Bathurst will be a final time we contest with a 911 GT3 R in this specification. Looking during a championship, it’s critical to collect as many points as probable here and not immediately tumble behind.”
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The 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge calendar is done adult of 5 continuation competition on 5 continents. While a teams are usually available to margin 2018-spec GT3 cars during a season-opening turn in Bathurst (Australia), a latest era is authorised during a following races in Laguna Seca (USA), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Suzuka (Japan) and during a deteriorate culmination in Kyalami (South Africa). Porsche will not contest with a bureau squad, though instead supports opposite patron teams in their campaign.