With his EBM Team (Earl Bamber Motorsport), Porsche works driver Earl Bamber will campaign a 485-hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in the 2020 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Championship as ‘Team Porsche New Zealand’ – supported by the Official Porsche Centres of New Zealand.
The 2019 season saw driver Will Bamber’s success coming third in the overall championship results. The driving duties for the 2020 7 round championship will fall with up and coming driving talent – Reid Harker.
“We are really looking forward to the 2020 season,” commented Bamber. “I think the launch of the Porsche Team New Zealand was incredible in 2019, with a lot of success winning races and many podiums. Now to be able to continue that with Reid is something special. He joined the team in 2019 working as a driver coach and now to be able to give him the chance to step up into Carrera Cup Asia is exactly the reason why we started this program along with Porsche New Zealand to give an initiative to have young drivers from New Zealand given the chance to move through the Porsche pyramid.”
24-year-old New Zealander Reid Harker began his interest in motorsport like many other successful New Zealand drivers, by proving himself through his achievements in the karting circuit. After karting, Reid successfully transitioned into Motorsport with the 2017 Toyota 86 Championship, where he earned the most race wins, pole positions and fastest laps.
Reid had a taste of the Carrera Cup Asia racing for Earl Bamber Motorsport in four of the races in 2019. This was enough for Earl Bamber Motorsport to see the potential in this young driver to take over the Team Porsche New Zealand car for the 2020 Carrera Cup Asia Championship.
“I’m very excited to finally announce my entry into the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Championship with Earl Bamber Motorsport,” said Harker. “This is a fantastic opportunity and something I’ve been working towards for the past couple of years. I am proud to be flying the flag for the kiwis in Asia and Porsche New Zealand. I can’t wait to start the season in Hanoi for the Vietnamese Grand Prix!”
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Championship
Bringing its signature brand of exhilarating motorsports competition to millions across the region and beyond, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has earned an impressive fan and media following since its launch in 2003.
Firmly established as Asia’s premier sports car racing series, 2020 sees a formidable international field of professional drivers competing wheel-to-wheel with dedicated privateers. A proven testing ground for fledgling talent and a showcase for the world’s leading GT competitors, today the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is the number one choice for the region’s finest drivers and comprises 7 rounds across 5 different countries throughout Asia.