Manthey Racing will line up in next weekend’s FIA GT World Cup in Macau with both a traditional and special livery on its pair of Porsche 911 GT3 Rs.
The German squad’s trademark ‘Grello’ color scheme will adorn the No. 911 Porsche of Laurens Vanthoor, while fellow factory driver Earl Bamber will pilot a special red-and-yellow-liveried No. 912 car, inspired by the Chinese ‘Year of the Dog’ zodiac.
Bamber lost out on victory in the 2016 event to then-Audi factory driver Vanthoor, who was declared the winner despite ending the race on his roof.
The Kiwi makes his return to Macau after missing last year’s race due to his LMP1 commitments in the FIA World Endurance Championship, which closed out its season in Bahrain that weekend.
“Two years ago we had a car there with perfect setup, and I hope that we will be very competitive again,” Bamber said.
“I’m also really excited that my car’s design celebrates the year of the dog from the Chinese horoscope – my many fans in Asia will think that’s great.”
Vanthoor, who became a Porsche factory driver last year, added: “It’s going to be exciting. Not least because I’m now able to race against my friend and colleague Earl – who I’ve already shared a cockpit with in the USA this year.
“We’ve been working hard on preparations for Macau, and it’s been really successful so far.
“However, on this track things often turn out differently from how you expect them to. I’m certain that we will be among the head of the field with our Porsche 911 GT3 R.”
A total of four Porsches will take part in the event on the legendary Guia circuit, with Craft-Bamboo Racing fielding entries for Darryl O’Young and Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet.