Bamber pumped about racing Kiwi Porsche idol

Gordon Lomas

Friday 24th May, 2013 - 6:01am


Asian Carrera Cup leader Earl Bamber to join Stephen Grove for Rennsport meeting

Asian Carrera Cup leader Earl Bamber to join Stephen Grove for Rennsport meeting

Asian-based Kiwi Earl Bamber is relishing the chance to race against compatriot Craig Baird at the Porsche Rennsport Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend.

Bamber will team-up with Stephen Grove in round three of the Australian Carrera Cup Championship with the meeting breaking from tradition by running two one-hour shared driver races.

Baird, renowned as being the most successful Porsche Cup driver in the world, has accrued more than 125 one-make Porsche victories in his celebrated career.

Bamber will fly to Sydney from Kuala Lumpur where he is based for his campaign in the Asian Carrera Cup Championship which he currently leads.

The youngster claimed the lead at the Zhuhai meeting earlier this month before gaining a surprise call up to the signature Rennsport meeting.

The development has brought forward the time when Bamber will run in one-make machinery against the incomparable Baird, regarded as a master of the global one-make category.

“I was looking forward to racing Bairdo at the Singapore GP but obviously that’s now going to come a bit earlier to see how I go against him,” Bamber told Speedcafe.

Round 10 of the Asian Carrera Cup is scheduled to run on the undercard at the F1 Grand Prix meeting at the Singapore Grand Prix from September 20-22.

“I managed to race Bairdo a few years ago in the Cup Challenge. For any young Kiwi driver he is the benchmark so I’m curious to see how I go. He looks out for all the young guys as well.”

Bamber is no stranger to the Sydney circuit formerly known as Eastern Creek, having previous experience in Australian F3 and the World Time Attack meeting.

“I can’t wait for it. I know my way around there a little bit. Obviously the Porsches are something a little bit special and require a different driving line.”

The 22-year-old Bamber (Craft Nexus Racing)  is pleasantly surprised to be at the top of the Asian standings on 92 points, four clear of Martin Ragginger.

“So far the Asian Carrera Cup has been very good,” Bamber said.

“We just made it to the grid in the 11th hour so our plan was to start off slow and aim for a top three throughout the year and if we could win a race by the end of the season then it would be fantastic.

“Fortunately that win has come a little bit earlier than expected. We have got to keep the ball rolling and see if we can continue it in Ordos in inner Mongolia from July 5-7.

“Then we go to Autopia same weekend as the Asian Le Mans Series at the new Korean track from August 2-4.”

Bamber is stoked at receiving the chance to showcase his talent at the Rennsport meeting that also includes GT3 Cup Challenge, Group S & Group N Historics, Sports Cars, Porsche demonstrations, Concours and Show N Shine events.

“I just can’t reiterate enough my appreciate for Stephen (Grove) for giving me this opportunity in his car.

“The Rennsport meeting will be one of the biggest meetings of the year and I’m honoured to be part of it.

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 1  Jet Travel Insurance  Craig Baird  John Penny


 4  Grove Group  Steven Grove  Earl Bamber


 6  Objective Racing  Tony Walls  James Davison


 7  No Second Chance  Warren Luff  Geoff Emery


 8  Permagard automotive  Max Twigg  Luke Youlden


 9  Hallmarc  Marc Cini  Tim Slade


 10  Hallmarc  Michael Loccisano  Jonny Reid


 12  Laser Plumbing & Electrical  Steven Richards  Theo Koundouris


 13  Porsche Centre Brighton  James Bergmuller  Dale Wood


 19  Rosche Visper  Damien Flack  David Wall


 20  Team BRM/Rentcorp Property Group  Duvashen Padayachee  Jeff Bobik


 21  Team Kiwi Racing  Shae Davies  Andrew Gowens


 24  Pure Energty/N2U  Tony Bates  Alex Davison


 29  Ausdrill – Onsite Racing  Michael Patrizi  Troy Bayliss


 34  GT3 Factory/Wrap My Ride/Muscrete Construction  Richard Muscat  Simon Middleton


 47  Supabarn Supermarkets  James Koundouris  Steve Owen


 50  Action Tyres and More  Matthew Kingsley  John Goodarce


 55  Fujitsu Racing  Renee Gracie  Peter Hill


 56  McGrath Real Estate  Shane Smollen  David Russell


 88  Malibu Boats  Andrew Jones  Xaiver West


 222  Coates Hire Racing  Nick Percat  Rodney Jane

Race Schedule

Saturday May 25, 2013

8:30am Regularity – Division 1 (Practice)
8:51 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia (Practice 1)
9:27 Regularity – Division 3 (Practice)
9:48 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli (Practice 1)
10:24 Regularity – Division 2 (Practice)
10:45 Historics – Group S & Group N (Practice/Qualifying)
11:06 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia (Practice 2)
11:42 Sports Cars (Practice/Qualifying)
12:03 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli (Practice 2)
12:29 Iconic Porsche Demonstration (Demonstration 1)
12:57 Regularity – Division 1 (Regularity 1)
1:17 Regularity – Division 3 (Regularity 1)
1:37 Historics – Group S & Group N (Race 1)
2:00 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia – Professional Class (Qualifying 1)
2:28 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli (Qualifying)
2:56 Sports Cars (Race 1)
3:19 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia – Elite Class (Qualifying 2)
3:47 Regularity – Division 2 (Regularity 1)
4:07 Iconic Porsche Demonstration (Demonstration 2)
4:35 Carrera Cup/GT3 Cup Challenge (Sponsor Rides)

Sunday May 26, 2013

8:30 Carrera Cup/GT3 Cup Challenge (Sponsor Rides)
8:58 Regularity – Division 1 (Regularity 2)
9:18 Sports Cars (Race 2)
9:41 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli (Race 1)
10:09  Regularity – Division 2 (Regularity)
10:29 Historics – Group S & Group N (Race 2)
10:52 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia (Race 1 Enduro)
12:00 Regularity – Division 3 (Regularity 2)
12:20 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli (Race 2)
12:48 Iconic Porsche Demonstration (Demonstration 3)
1:16 Regularity – Division 1 (Regularity 3)
1:36 Historics – Group S & Group N (Race 3)
1:59 Regularity – Division 2 (Regularity 3)
2:19 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia (Race 2 – Enduro)
3:27 Sports Cars (Race 3)
3:50 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli (Race 3 – Enduro)
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