The Kiwi, greatest recognized for his lengthy affiliation with Porsche in sportscar and GT racing, is about to associate countryman Andre Heimgartner within the #7 KGR Mustang.
It’ll mark a second Bathurst 1000 begin for the two-time Le Mans 24 Hour winner, who completed fifth alongside Shane van Gisbergen within the 2018 version of the Nice Race.
He is additionally loved success at Mount Panorama in GT racing, taking Class B wins on the Bathurst 12 Hour as a driver in 2014 and 2015 earlier than profitable the race outright as a crew proprietor in 2019.
These Class B wins got here sharing an entry with KGR co-owner Stephen Grove.
#54 Dinamic Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R: Earl Bamber
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“For me success at Mount Panorama within the 1000 is without doubt one of the objects on my racing bucket checklist and to do it with Andre who’s a fellow Kiwi could be unbelievable,” mentioned Bamber.
“After I raced on the Bathurst 1000 in 2018 the environment was unbelievable, the race means a lot to the followers and the groups and it’s the one race that each single driver needs to win. It’s one of many coolest and best endurance occasions that I’ve raced in.
“I’m actually wanting ahead to working with André, he’s a younger man who’s beginning to cement his place as a aggressive drive within the championship with actually stable and constant outcomes.
“The crew are all actually pushing laborious with the automobile improvement for the time being too and the outcomes of which can be beginning to present so it’s positively an thrilling time for Kelly Grove Racing and I’m wanting ahead to being a part of that.”
Heimgarter added: “Earl is somebody that I’ve clearly paid shut consideration to through the years being from New Zealand and he’s had an enormous quantity of success in racing internationally.
“Issues like profitable the 24 hours of Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship are two of the largest accolades you’ll be able to have shy of profitable a Components 1 World Championship so his resume is actually very spectacular.”
“Earl has raced in Supercars earlier than, but it surely has been just a few years and with a special automobile so there is likely to be some acclimatisation required for him to get comfy, however I’ve little doubt he’ll be very aggressive and provides Ned Whisky Racing the very best probability of success.”
Bamber’s appointment casts severe doubt over whether or not former Bathurst 1000 winner Rick Kelly might be on the grid this yr.
The 2006 Supercars champion retired from full-time driving on the finish of final season, earlier than signing a take a look at and experience day deal.
He was anticipated to line up with Heimgartner for the Nice Race too, nevertheless will now have to look outdoors his household crew if he needs a seat.
The one Bathurst seats left are at two every at Workforce Sydney and Matt Stone Racing, though crew proprietor Jono Webb is prone to associate Fabian Coulthard within the lead Sydney entry.
Another choice might be Dick Johnson Racing, which technically has Scott McLaughlin and Tony D’Alberto locked in for Bathurst. US-based McLaughlin, nevertheless, might not have the ability to make the journey as a consequence of ongoing border restrictions.
Kelly might also elect to take a seat out the race, his brother Todd having gone chilly turkey when he stepped again from full-time racing on the finish of the 2017 season.