Bamber and Tandy contest Petit Le Mans with Porsche GT Team
For the Petit Le Mans long-distance classic, the Porsche GT Team has taken on reinforcements in the 911 RSR: The Le Mans overall winners Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) will tackle the season finale of the IMSA SportsCar Championship at Road Atlanta on 7 October with the newly developed race car.
Nick Tandy supports Patrick Pilet (France) and Dirk Werner (Germany) at the storied racetrack in the US state of Georgia in the #911 Porsche 911 RSR. Earl Bamber joins forces with Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) in the #912 vehicle.
“We’re delighted to welcome two good old acquaintances to the Porsche GT Team for this classic,” says Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars. “They won Le Mans outright and are very excited to be racing the new 911 RSR for the first time, particularly after playing a key role in its development. We couldn’t wish for better support in the fight for the prestigious North American Endurance Cup, which will be decided at Petit Le Mans.”
“I can hardly wait to drive the 911 RSR again, especially at a great race like the Petit Le Mans. I’m also looking forward to working with the team. In the past, we’ve enjoyed a great and successful time together,” says Earl Bamber, who won Le Mans in 2015 and 2017 with the Porsche 919 Hybrid. Nick Tandy, his teammate at Le Mans in 2015 and two-time winner of Petit Le Mans (2013 and 2015), adds: “Clinching the first overall victory for Porsche at Petit Le Mans in 2015 and the first ever win for a GT car at this classic will always be one of the milestones in my career. By returning with the new 911 RSR, I’ve now fulfilled one of my greatest wishes.”
Competitors have pitted themselves against each other in qualifying rounds on different virtual racetracks.