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EBM Commits to GTWC Asia with Two Porsches

Earl Bamber Motorsport joins GTWC Asia full-time with two-car Porsche GT3 entry…

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Earl Bamber Motorsport will make its GT World Challenge Asia powered by AWS debut this year with a pair of Porsche 911 GT3 Rs.

The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour-winning team will enter one car under its own name for Setiawan Santoso and Brenton Grove and another under the Singha TP12 by EBM banner for Piti Bhirombhakdi and team co-owner Will Bamber.

It effectively ensures EBM’s first-ever full season in a GT3 championship, off the back of the two Porsche Carrera Cup Asia campaigns it contested in 2018 and 2019.

The team famously won the Bathurst 12 Hour on its debut last year and has also entered one-off rounds of the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli, but never the complete season.

Its GTWC Asia effort will mark a  GT3 debut for Santoso, who raced in GT4 last year, alongside Grove who recently won the Pro-Am class at Bathurst.

The team’s other car features Bamber, who graduates from Carrera Cup, and Bhirombhakdi who was the only member of the quartet to spend 2019 in GTWC.

The Thai driver joins EBM from ABSSA Motorsport, which ran a McLaren 720S GT3.

“It has been a massive off-season for the entire EBM organization and I am extremely proud of this announcement for everyone involved – I cannot wait to roll out with our cars for round one,” said Bamber, who runs the team with his Le Mans-winning brother Earl.

“We did some early testing last year in November and Piti and I gelled immediately. He was straight on the pace with the Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“The working relationship is already fantastic and we will be pushing to achieve the maximum every weekend together. To have two cars and obtain even further data is a perfect situation for us and the team also.

“To personally now step up into the top tier of GT racing in Asia after very successful years in Carrera Cup is incredible. It will be a high level and a huge challenge but I cannot wait.”

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

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