Absolute Racing will run Porsche’s two Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli factory lineups in February’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, it has been announced.
The Chinese team, which represented Porsche in this year’s Suzuka 10 Hours with a single Porsche 911 GT3 R, will field two of the 2019-spec models for the race.
Defending winner Matt Campbell, who was part of Earl Bamber Motorsport’s lineup in the race this year, will be joined Mathieu Jaminet and Patrick Pilet in the No. 911 Porsche.
Campbell’s 2019 teammate Dirk Werner, meanwhile, will be in the No. 912 entry alongside Thomas Preining and Matteo Cairoli.
It will mark Absolute’s debut in the Australian enduro.
“We had a fantastic first year with Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific and the Porsche 911 GT3 R in 2019, so we’re very keen to continue that trend into the new year,” said team manager Fabien Fior.
“It’s the second time we have partnered for an Intercontinental GT Challenge race and look forward to competing at the Mount Panorama Circuit with the manufacturer which won last year’s event.”
Alexandre Gibot, Head of Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific added: “With Porsche being the reigning Bathurst champions, we are confident that Absolute Racing will provide us with an excellent chance of an equally strong result, especially after such a successful first year with us in 2019, with multiple successes in Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia and the Suzuka 10 Hours.
“We’ll be working hard to provide them with all the support we can.”
EBM is likely to also be present at Bathurst, but with a one-off lineup featuring defending IMSA GTLM champions Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor at the wheel.