Earl Bamber Tag

By IMSA Wire Service In the grand tradition of great collaborations, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship fans are witnessing another in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. They’ve become known as #Bamthor. It’s the new nickname taking hold in social media for the co-drivers of the No. 912 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR, Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor. The name is taking on a life of its own after the duo’s back-to-back victories in the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach last month and the Acura Sports CarRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer LONG BEACH, California– Dirk Mueller had it all, except for maybe a pint or two of fuel. The BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach was coming to a close and the German driver was second in the GT Le Mans class in the third round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The No. 66 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT came out of Turn 8 on the final lap trying to catch eventual GTLM class winner Earl Bamber’s No. 912 Porsche but with noRead More
By IMSA Wire Service LONG BEACH, Calif. – Porsche’s stellar start to the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season continued Saturday afternoon at the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix. The No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor took the checkered flag at the end of a chaotic 100-minute sprint race one day after the team’s sister car, the No. 911 Porsche of Nick Tandy, scored the GT Le Mans (GTLM) pole at the iconic Long Beach street course. Bamber made the winning pass with 45Read More
By IMSA Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Each December, Porsche and BMW racers from all over the world gather at their respective manufacturer’s headquarters in Germany to celebrate the past season of competition, while the manufacturers take advantage of the opportunity to also detail plans for the next season. This year, these special celebrations took place on consecutive evenings. This past Friday night was the BMW Motorsport Season Review in Munich, where the manufacturer’s driver lineup for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was unveiled among other global motorsportsRead More
By IMSA Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Saturday’s action-packed two-hour and 40-minute Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park was the first showcase of the season for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT classes. Fans at the racetrack enjoyed Chamber of Commerce weather, while the drivers and teams delivered plenty of excitement for IMSA fans everywhere. Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller picked up their second victory in the last three races in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, while Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow delivered a “home race” victoryRead More
By IMSA Wire Service LAKEVILLE, Conn. – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing played the rare role of spoiler Saturday in the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park. With Corvette Racing eyeing an historic 100th career IMSA win following what had been a dominant weekend for the team, the No. 66 Ford GT of Joey Hand slowly caught and eventually passed the No. 3 Corvette C7.R of race leader Jan Magnussen with 13 minutes remaining, driving away to an 11.431 second victory alongside co-driver Dirk Mueller. The winning pass came whenRead More
By IMSA Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – This past weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans featured a host of IMSA competitors, including a few that stood on the podium Sunday afternoon. Here’s a look back at how the IMSA regulars fared: Laurens Vanthoor No. 92 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR Class: GTE Pro Result: 1st Vanthoor joined co-drivers Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre in winning the GTE Pro class for the Germany-based No. 92 Porsche team. It was the first Le Mans victory for all three drivers andRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer LEXINGTON, Ohio — Acura Team Penske have continued their reign at the top of the time sheet by sweeping the front row for Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Helio Castroneves wheeled his No. 7 Acura DPi around the 2.258 mile natural terrain road course with a lap of 1 minute, 11.837 seconds with teammate Dane Cameron in the No. 6 going .147 seconds slower. Mazda locked out the second row with the No. 77 ahead of the 55 while Cadillac hasRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer LEXINGTON, Ohio — The IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship returned to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for this weekend’s Acura Sports Car Challenge and Friday practice brought about some interesting results on the time sheets. The Friday morning practice session had dry conditions and the Acura Team Penske DPi machines were 1-2 with Ricky Taylor setting a fastest lap of 1 minute, 13.601 seconds in the No. 7 ahead of Juan Montoya in the No. 6. Cadillacs were three of the next four cars on the timeRead More
While GT Le Mans (GTLM) has the smallest field at nine cars, there is no shortage of action between the manufacturers. Let’s take a look at the class by manufacturer. Corvette The brute strength of the C7.Rs cannot be overstated as the popular GM marque won back-to-back runnings in 2015 and 2016 with 2016 being a classic photo finish with the two cars so close to each other. Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fassler highlight a powerful driving lineup for the Chevrolet team and will be fightingRead More