Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Position
29
Points
576
Penalty 0
Average Qualifying Position 5.3
Average finishing Position 5.7

biography

Place of birth
Wanganui, New Zealand; July 9, 1990
Lives
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Status
TBC
Outside of Racing
Motor racing, training, golf
Personal Vehicle
Porsche
Engineer
Grant McPherson (Enduro Cup)
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One of the best-credentialed drivers from this part of the world, Earl Bamber is making his Supercars debut in the 2018 PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

Bamber has been signed by the Red Bull Holden Racing Team to partner fellow New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen.

He arrives with an impressive CV that features a pair of Le Mans 24 Hour victories and a 2017 World Endurance Championship title with Porsche.

After a karting career that included placing third at the Rotax Max World Finals, Bamber moved into single-seaters, initially in New Zealand Formula Ford.

His first steps overseas netted the 2006 Formula BMW Asia title, and second in the '07 Formula V6 Asia Series.

Along with Toyota Racing Series campaigns in his homeland, Bamber's drives over the following years were budget-limited, in classes including Australian Formula 3, GP2 Asia and the Euroseries F3000.

Bamber took podiums in the short-lived A1 Grand Prix and Superleague Formula classes, but opportunities dried up.

After a stint on the sidelines, winning Porsche Carrera Cup Asia in 2013 piqued the attention of the German manufacturer and set up the next phase of his career.

Performances in its Cupcar and GT machinery - including taking out the 2014 Supercup – earned Bamber a drive in Porsche's third LMP1 car for Le Mans in '15.

With Nico Hulkenberg and Nick Tandy, Bamber won the iconic race, doubling his tally in 2017 with fellow Kiwi Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard.

Bamber, Hartley and Bernhard also took out the 2017 WEC drivers' championship, before Porsche ended its LMP1 program and he returned to GT competition.

Season Progress

Event Race Qualifying Finish Championship
RABBLE.club Sandown 500 ›
Race 24 › 2 2 28
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 ›
Race 25 › 4 5 28
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 ›
Race 26 › 10 10 29

Vehicle detail

Holden Commodore ZB
ENGINE: V8
Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Roland Dane’s Triple Eight Race Engineering has set the standard in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for more than a decade, taking Jamie Whincup to his seventh title in 2017.

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