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ROWE, Absolute to Run Porsche GT3s at Macau

Porsche announces factory-backed efforts for FIA GT World Cup on the streets of Macau…

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Porsche will be represented by four cars on the grid at the FIA GT World Cup in Macau, with two cars apiece for ROWE Racing and Absolute Racing.

Factory drivers Laurens Vanthoor, Earl Bamber and Kevin Estre will be joined by Alexandre Imperatori in the manufacturer’s driver lineup for the single-driver event in November.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship co-drivers Bamber and Vanthoor will both line up for the ROWE squad, while Estre and Imperatori will drive for Absolute.

Vanthoor won the annual street race for Audi in 2016, while Estre provided Porsche with its best result in last year’s competition, finishing fourth.

This year race marks the first time that both ROWE and Absolute have entered the annual street race with Porsche, although the two outfits have competed with other manufacturers in the past.

ROWE ran a single BMW in the 2016 and 2017 editions, while Absolute has previously entered Bentley and Audi machinery.

Porsche will again enter four cars after supporting two-car efforts from Craft-Bamboo Racing and Manthey Racing last year, but 2019 marks its first Macau with the current-gen Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“The FIA GT World Cup is always a real highlight at the end of the motorsport season,” said Porsche motorsport vice president Fritz Enzinger.

“The high-speed circuit, the famous corners and the backdrop of large casinos and hotels create an impressive setting.

“We’re turning up with a particularly strong line-up this year and, as such, there can be only one goal: a Porsche 911 GT3 R should win the Macau road race.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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