Team Hardpoint has terminated its partnership with Earl Bamber Motorsport and Will Bamber effective immediately, citing Bamber’s arrest and charges of domestic battery from an incident last month.
According to court documents, the 27-year-old Kiwi (pictured above) was arrested and charged by the Ormond Beach, Fla. police department with domestic violence battery to a female on Aug. 29.
This was apparently not communicated to the Virginia-based team until today, which has led to the dissolvement of its partnership that had already been on the rocks following a “branding correction” made to the team’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program earlier this month.
Bamber, the younger brother of EBM team co-owner Earl, had served as the team manager for its Porsche Carrera Cup North America presented by The Cayman Islands program.
“The team independently learned about the arrest on charges of domestic battery on Monday, confirmed through court documents, nearly a month after the arrest occurred,” a statement from Hardpoint read.
“Hardpoint Motorsports terminated the relationship immediately and permanently upon the alleged incident coming to light.”
When reached for comment, Bamber told Sportscar365 that an investigation had already taken place in Volusia County and claimed the charges have been dropped.
However, court records show that an arraignment is scheduled for this Wednesday.
“I’m extremely gutted that a personal matter that happened between my partner and I has now been made public,” Bamber told Sportscar365.
“In regards to the incident that took place, my partner and I love each other deeply and never had a domestic involvement.
“Despite what’s been reported the fact remains a full investigation was done, all charges were dropped. Everything is a major misunderstanding.
“I cooperated fully with authorities to ensure the rapid resolution of the matter and no element of the investigation remains ongoing.”
Will Bamber first joined the Rob Ferriol-owned organization last year, initially in a management role on its WeatherTech Championship program prior to an announced partnership to field entries in the new-for-2021 Carrera Cup North America series.
The Hardpoint/EBM partnership expanded to include the WeatherTech Championship program this year, although was reduced following the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring when the team scaled back to a single-car Porsche 911 GT3 R effort.
Hardpoint says its sports car racing efforts are “unaffected by the change” in severing of its relationship with EBM and Will Bamber.
This article was updated at 11:52 p.m. ET with newly found court records