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Olsen Partners With Bamber, Tandy in KCMG N24 Lineup

Dennis Olsen completes Hong Kong squad’s star-studded lineup at the Nordschleife…

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Dennis Olsen will return to KCMG to partner Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber in the team’s single-car entry at the Nürburgring 24.

The Hong Kong-based squad will field a single Porsche 911 GT3 R in the twice-around-the-clock enduro with its entry supported by Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific.

Tandy and Bamber, who already drove the No. 18 Porsche during the qualifying races, will once again team up and have their lineup completed by Olsen.

The Norwegian driver returns to KCMG for his second 24-hour race, having already competed with the team at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

He also contested the opening round of the NLS season with the team, securing a podium.

“I’m pumped to be taking part in the Nürburgring 24 Hours with KCMG again,” Olsen said.

“We’ve got all the ingredients we need to target a strong result, so I’m eager to get going.

“The crew has done a brilliant job with their preparations for the event, so if we can have a clean race, we know we’ve got what’s needed for victory.

“I’m looking forward to sharing the car with two incredibly experienced drivers in Earl and Nick, we’ve got a great chance to take a big result, so I’m super excited to get the weekend underway.”

While Olsen has rejoined the team  to partner Bamber and Tandy, Josh Burdon is notably absent from the lineup.

The Australian partnered with Olsen for the podium finish during the first NLS round and raced alongside Bamber and Tandy during the first qualifying race.

Team manager Matt Howson told Sportscar365 that Burdon’s absence is a “strategic team decision”.

Meanwhile, Bamber and Tandy both return to a Porsche cockpit for the Eifel classic, although both drivers are no longer on the manufacturer’s factory roster.

Tandy is a factory driver with Corvette, while Cadillac DPi driver Bamber told Sportscar365 earlier this year that he was due to compete in selected GT3 races with Porsche.

“We’ve been working hard and preparing for this event since February, and it’s just around the corner now, so we’re extremely confident to take on the 24 Hours of Nürburgring once again,” added Howson.

“KCMG has an exceptional driver line-up in Earl, Nick and Dennis, and the 911 GT3 R has been performing very strongly on the Nordschleife, so the whole team is highly motivated to mount a serious challenge for the win.

“The squad has gained invaluable experience here since our first attempt in 2019 and they feel more ready than ever.

“Following on from our massive result at the Rolex 24 in Daytona, we are fully focused on the top step at the Nürburgring and nothing else!”

Davey Euwema is a Sportscar365 reporter based in The Netherlands, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, DTM, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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