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Porsche confirms Bathurst driver line-up

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Porsche confirms Bathurst driver line-up
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Dec 11, 2017, 12:15 AM

Porsche has unveiled a new-look factory driver line-up for next year's Bathurst 12 Hour, with Romain Dumas, Dirk Werner, and Frederic Makowiecki set to tackle Mount Panorama.

#911 Walkinshaw GT3, Porsche 911 GT3 R: Earl Bamber, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor
#911 Walkinshaw GT3, Porsche 911 GT3 R: Earl Bamber, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor
#911 Walkinshaw GT3, Porsche 911 GT3 R: Earl Bamber, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor
#911 Walkinshaw GT3, Porsche 911 GT3 R: Earl Bamber, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor

The brand returns for its second full-blown factory effort at the Bathurst 12 Hour, following last year when Earl Bamber, Kevin Estre, and Laurens Vanthoor raced a 911 GT3 R.

A whole new line-up has now been confirmed for next February's race, led by two-time Le Mans winner Dumas. He'll be joined by Makowiecki and Werner, the trio set to race at all four rounds of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, starting with Bathurst and finishing with the California 8 Hours in October.

The car will be run at Bathurst by German squad Manthey Racing, which will also run a car for the trio in the Blancpain Endurance Cup.

Porsche also confirmed that nine 911 GT3 Rs are set to enter the Nürburgring 24 race, with five customer are in the pro class and four in the amateur class.

The likes of Bamber, Estre, Patrick Pilet, Dumas, Richard Lietz, Makowiecki and Nick Tandy will be part of the driver line-up, as well as Australian Matt Campbell, who has been bumped up to Young Professional status after spending 2017 in the junior programme.

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Series Endurance
Drivers Romain Dumas , Frédéric Makowiecki , Dirk Werner
Author Andrew van Leeuwen