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Earl Anderson Bamber (born 9 July 1990) is a professional racing driver from New Zealand, currently competing as a factory driver for Porsche in the FIA World Endurance Championship GTE class, the North American WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the GT Le Mans class and the VLN Endurance Racing Championship Nürburgring. He is the 2014 Porsche Supercup and double Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion, and won the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans with Nico Hülkenberg and Nick Tandy.

Le Mans 2015 (18819881892) CROP

Earl Bamber (center) on the poduim after winning the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans

Early life Edit

Earl Bamber was born in Whanganui, New Zealand, to Paul and Maureen Bamber (née Johnson), and lived on a farm where he learned to drive in the small settlement of Jerusalem on the Whanganui River. He attendedWanganui Collegiate School along with his younger brother, William. Bamber began in kart racing and won his first title aged 12, at the North Island Sprint Championships (Junior 100cc Yamaha Restricted), and his first national title at the 2004 Sprint Kart Championship meeting in Auckland. Later that year, he secured a podium at the Rotax Max category's annual Grand Final in Portugal after dominating the Junior class in the 2004 Rotax Max Challenge of New Zealand.

Racing career Edit

Open-wheel racing Edit

Bamber progressed through karts and single seater series and was ranked sixth highest future star in the world by the internationally recognised website driverdb.com in 2008. At 15 he switched to the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship before competing in Asia two years later where he won theAsian Formula BMW title. He achieved pole positions, fastest laps and podium results in Formula Renault V6 and Australian Formula 3, despite a tight budget. In 2008 he won two vice-championship trophies – in Formula Renault V6 Asia and Toyota Racing Series New Zealand. Bamber contested several rounds of the international A1 Grand Prix series for the New Zealand team in 2009, finishing on the podium three times. He also stood on the podium in GP2 Asia, at the age of 19. In 2010 he repeated his 2008 success and was again crowned runner-up in the New Zealand Toyota Racing Series.

Sportscar racing Edit

2013 Edit

In 2013, Bamber made his first appearance in Porsche's one make series in thePorsche Carrera Cup Asia with Malaysian team, Nexus Racing. He battled all season with Martin Ragginger but eventually won the drivers championship. Bamber was also successful in endurance racing, winning the Bathurst 12 Hour(Class B) with Grove Racing, alongside team owner and Carrera Cup Australia regular Stephen Grove and eventual Supercup rival Ben Barker.  He was subsequently selected to race in three Porsche Supercup meetings. Bamber's inaugural sportscar racing season ended with victory in the Carrera Cup Asia race at the 60th Macau Grand Prix meeting, defeating nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb in the process.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia nominated Bamber for the Porsche Motorsport International Cup Scholarship shootout in Oschersleben, Germany, where he beat seven other top pilots from Porsche one-make cups series around the world. Part of the selection process included the simulation of a qualifying session as well as an entire race. He received funding of 200,000 Euros for his2014 Porsche Supercup season campaign the following season.

2014 Edit

Bamber raced with FACH Auto Tech in the Porsche Supercup alongside Porsche Carrera Cups of Germany and Asia with Team 75 Bernhard and LKM Racing, respectively. After ten rounds in the Supercup, Bamber won the drivers championship with 155 points, ahead of Kuba Giermaziak on 132 points, becoming the first New Zealander to win the Porsche Supercup title and the first rookie to do so. After seven of the ten races, the FACH Auto Tech driver had already won the rookie classification.[13] He dominated the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season on his way to retaining the title as he won eight out of the ten races that he competed in despite missing two races in Zhuhai due to his concurrent commitments in Porsche Supercup and Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. With the support of Team 75 Bernhard, Bamber competed in ten out of eighteen rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany with two wins, five podiums and three fastest laps. He left the series holding second position in the Drivers Championship and was seventh overall at the end of the season. Bamber also replaced the injured Richard Lietz in the Porsche 911 RSR at thePetit Le Mans in the United SportsCar Championship, joining Porsche works drivers Patrick Long and Michael Christensen. Their second place ensured team Porsche North America, run by Core Autosport, won the manufacturers title in the championship.

2015 Edit

Prior to the start of the 2015 season, Bamber was signed by Porsche Motorsport as a works driver. In January 2015, Bamber and fellow works drivers Jörg Bergmeister and Frédéric Makowiecki took the No.912 Porsche 911 RSR to seventh place at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Bamber and Nick Tandy joined Formula One driver Nico Hülkenberg in the Porsche LMP squad to contest the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and the Le Mans 24 Hours in a 919 Hybrid. Bamber's hybrid, car No. 19, was third on the grid after Porsche finished first, second and third in qualifying, but ended up winning comfortably. Bamber's childhood friend and Porsche teammate, Brendon Hartley, with co-drivers Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard, started from second on the grid in a 919 Hybrid and finished the race in second place. Earl Bamber claimed his first career GT Le Mans (GTLM) pole at the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America in his first qualifying attempt as a Porsche factory driver on August 8. He bettered the previous lap record by more than a full second.  He also made a guest appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship's 6 Hours of Nürburgring, filling in for Klaus Bachlerin the No. 88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR. Earl made his debut in the FIA GT World Cup in the streets of Macau in November. The versatility in going between LMP1, GTE-Pro (GT Le Mans in IMSA) and GTE-Am this year, he said, made him a better driver.

2016 Edit

In 2016, Earl continues to pilot the 911 RSR for Porsche North America and Porsche Motorsport in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the World Endurance Championship, respectively. Bamber was the highest placed Kiwi driver at the 54th running of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona when his Porsche 911 RSR team came home third in the GTLM class and placed ninth overall.[26] Earl Bamber made a successful return at the Bathurst 12 Hour with a 2nd Class B victory for Grove Motorsport in as many races at the endurance classic in Mount Panorama, Australia alongside team owner Stephen Grove and V8 Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin. In changing weather conditions at the 12 Hours of Sebring, Bamber and his teammates in the #912 Porsche 911 RSR finished 3rd.

Helmets Edit

Bamber uses helmets designed by Italian manufacturers Stilo. He acknowledges his home country with a silver fern design on the sides of his Stilo ST5 helmets, a quasi-national emblem used for various official symbols, including the Coat of arms of New Zealand and the New Zealand one dollar coin. On top are four red stars with white borders representing the Southern Cross which features on the Flag of New Zealand. He has the number 19 painted on the back of one of his helmets, the same number as on his Porsche 919 Hybrid.

Racing record Edit

Career results Edit

Season Series Position Car Team
2005–06 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship 4th Van DiemenRF93 Ford
2006 Formula BMW Asia 1st Mygale FB02BMW Team Meritus
2006–07 Toyota Racing Series 7th Tatuus TT104ZZToyota Team Meritus
2007 Formula Renault V6 Asia Championship 10th Tatuus FRV6Renault Team Meritus
2007–08 Toyota Racing Series 2nd Tatuus TT104ZZToyota International Motorsport
2008 Formula V6 Asia 2nd Tatuus FRV6Renault Team Meritus
2008 Australian Drivers' Championship 13th Dallara F307Mercedes-Benz Team BRM
2008 International Formula Master 15th Tatuus N.T07Honda ADM Motorsport
2008–09 Toyota Racing Series 12th Tatuus TT104ZZToyota Earl Bamber Racing
2008–09 GP2 Asia Series 14th Dallara GP2/05Renault Team Meritus
2008–09 A1 Grand Prix 7th Ferrari A1 08 A1 Team New Zealand

Super Nova Racing

2009 International Formula Master 18th Tatuus N.T07Honda ADM Motorsport
2009 Euroseries 3000 11th Lola B05/52Zytek TP Formula
2010 Toyota Racing Series 2nd Tatuus TT104ZZToyota Triple X Motorsport
2010 Superleague Formula 7th Panoz DP09BMenard F.C. Porto

Reid Motorsport

2010–11 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge New Zealand 15th Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Triple X Motorsport
2011 Toyota Racing Series 15th Tatuus TT104ZZToyota M2 Competition
2011 Superleague Formula 7th Panoz DP09BMenard New Zealand

Reid Motorsport

2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 1st Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Nexus Racing
Porsche Supercup NC Porsche 997 GT3 Cup FACH Auto Tech
2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 1st Porsche 991 GT3 Cup LKM Racing
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland 7th Porsche 991 GT3 Cup 75 Motorsport
Porsche Supercup 1st Porsche 991 GT3 Cup FACH Auto Tech
2015 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP1 9th Porsche 919 Hybrid Porsche Team
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMGTE Am 13th Porsche 911 RSR Abu Dhabi - Proton Racing
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship 10th Porsche 911 RSR Porsche North America
2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Season in progress Porsche 911 RSR Porsche North America
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Pro Season in progress Porsche 911 RSR Porsche Motorsport

Complete A1 Grand Prix results Edit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2007–08 New Zealand NED

SPR

NED

FEA

CZE

SPR

CZE

FEA

MYS

SPR

MYS

FEA

CHN

SPR
PO

CHN

FEA
PO

NZL

SPR

NZL

FEA

AUS

SPR
PO

AUS

FEA
PO

RSA

SPR

RSA

FEA

MEX

SPR

MEX

FEA

CHN

SPR

CHN

FEA

GBR

SPR

GBR

FEA

2nd 93
2008–09 NED

SPR
2

NED

FEA
3

CHN

SPR

CHN

FEA

MYS

SPR
3

MYS

FEA
6

NZL

SPR

NZL

FEA

RSA

SPR
8

RSA

FEA
Ret

POR

SPR
Ret

POR

FEA
Ret

GBR

SPR
Ret

GBR

FEA
Ret

7th 36

Complete GP2 Series results Edit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2008–09 Qi-Meritus Mahara CHN

FEA
6

CHN

SPR
2

UAE

FEA
Ret

UAE

SPR
C

BHR

FEA
11

BHR

SPR
7

QAT

FEA

QAT

SPR

MAL

FEA

MAL

SPR

BHR

FEA

BHR

SPR

14th 8

Complete Porsche Carrera Cup Asia results Edit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2013 Nexus Racing SEP

3

SHG

2

SHG

2

ZIC

1

ZIC

1

ORD

1

ORD

1

INJ

10

INJ

3

SIN

1

SHG

1

SHG

2

1st 217
2014 LKM Racing SEP

1

SHG

1

SHG

3

ZIC ZIC FUJ

1

FUJ

1

SEP

1

SEP

2

SIN

1

SHG

1

SHG

1

1st 199

Complete Porsche Carrera Cup Germany results Edit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DC Points
2014 Team 75 Bernhard HOC

3

HOC

1

OSC

Ret

OSC

5

HUN

5

HUN

17

NOR

5

NOR

2

RBR

2

RBR

1

NÜR NÜR LAU LAU SAC SAC HOC HOC 7th 126

Complete Porsche Supercup results Edit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Pts
2013 FACH Auto Tech ESP MON GBR GER HUN

15

BEL ITA UAE

2

UAE

5

NC 0
2014 FACH Auto Tech ESP

1

MON

9

AUT

6

GBR

3

GER

2

HUN

3

BEL

1

ITA

3

USA

4

USA

2

1st 155

Complete Bathurst 12 Hour results Edit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class

Pos.

2014 Grove Group Stephen Grove

 Ben Barker

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Class B 286 8th 1st
2016 Grove Hire Stephen Grove

 Scott McLaughlin

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Class B 285 12th 1st

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results Edit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class

Pos.

2015 Porsche Team Nico Hülkenberg

 Nick Tandy

Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 395 1st 1st
2016 Porsche Motorsport Jörg Bergmeister

 Frédéric Makowiecki

Porsche 911RSR LMGTE

Pro

140 DNF DNF

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results Edit

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2015 Porsche Team LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrid Porsche2.0 L Turbo V4

(Hybrid)

SIL SPA

6

LMS

1

9th 58
Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing LMGTE Am Porsche 911 RSR Porsche4.0 L Flat-6 NÜR

6

COA

2

FUJ

5

SHA BHR 13th 36

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results Edit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2014 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR GTLM DIS
SEB
LBGP
LAG
WGI
MOS
IND
ROA
VIR
COT
RAT

2

29th 33
2015 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR GTLM DIS

7

SEB

7

LBGP
LAG
WGI

2

MOS

7

LRP
ROA

2

VIR

2

COT

5

RAT

8

10th 225
2016 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR GTLM DIS

3

SEB

3

LBGP

7

LAG

3

WGI
MOS
LRP
ROA
VIR
COT
RAT
2nd 118
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