Le Mans winner Bamber joins Triple Eight for Supercars enduros

Newly-crowned 2017 World Endurance champion Earl Bamber will race for the Triple Eight Red Bull Holden squad in the Australian Supercars endurance events next year.

Le Mans winner Bamber joins Triple Eight for Supercars enduros
#2 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley in the pits
 Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Podium LMP1: second place Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley
 Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Second place #2 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley
 Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
#2 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley

Porsche sportscar star Bamber, who topped the LMP1 standings alongside Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard, will share the #97 Commodore with Shane van Gisbergen at Sandown, Bathurst and Surfers Paradise.

The 27-year-old has twice won his class at the Bathurst 12 Hours in three starts at the GT event held at the Mount Panorama circuit.

“I am super excited to be joining Shane and the Red Bull Holden Racing Team in 2018,” said Bamber. “It has been a goal of mine for many years to participate in the Bathurst 1000 and I’m happy to be joining one of the best teams and drivers in pit lane.

“Shane and the Red Bull Holden Racing Team are the benchmark in Supercars and I look forward to supporting Shane in his 2018 championship bid.”

Van Gisbergen’s 2016 Supercars endurance co-driver, Porsche Supercup race-winner Matt Campbell, will not return for the coming campaign due to his overseas racing commitments.

“It’s a shame Matty’s calendar doesn’t link up with our Supercars season but getting Earl on board is something I’m really confident in,” said van Gisbergen. “I grew up racing against Earl so I not only know him as a friend but know him as a good driver too.”

Bamber will return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship along with his fellow 2017 Porsche LMP1 driver – and ’15 Le Mans 24 Hours winner – Nick Tandy, who has also been left without a WEC drive following the German manufacturer’s withdrawal from LMP1.

The other Red Bull Holden enduro entry will again be made up of Jamie Whincup, the 2017 Supercars champion, and Paul Dumbrell – for what will be their seventh year together.

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