Porsche commits to two-car Bathurst campaign

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PORSCHE will return to challenge for their first victory in the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in 2019. 

The brand confirmed their commitment to a full Intercontinental GT Challenge campaign at their annual Night of Champions celebration in Germany, including locking Aussie Matt Campbell into their factory line-up for the full campaign.

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Campbell will join Dennis Olsen and Dirk Werner in one Porsche 911 GT3 R while the second will be driven by Romain Dumas, Sven Müller and Mathieu Jaminet.

The team set to field the pair of factory entries in the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour has not yet been announced.

Porsche are yet to win a major endurance race at Mount Panorama despite their remarkable history in global endurance racing.

911 GT3R entries finished third, fourth, fifth and sixth in the 2018 race that ended with a red flag within the final hour.

US team Black Swan Racing were a surprise third place thanks to the efforts of drivers Jeroen Bleekemolen, Tim Pappas, Luca Stolz and Marc Lieb.

Campbell was fourth with Competition Motorsports while Craft-Bamboo Racing and Manthey Racing completed the top six in their 911 GT3 Rs.

However many expected the Porsche’s to win the race had it gone to the full distance, with a majority of them expecting to be able to finish the race without a stop for fuel – while the top three cars questionable on their ability to finish.

The two-car Porsche commitment joins a raft of recent additions to the event within the last week.

Bentley confirmed their two-car team of Continental GT3s on Wednesday while BMW locked in Walkenhorst Motorsport and an as yet unnamed second car on Saturday morning, Australian time.

Aston Martin Team R-Motorsport were the first to enter the event this year with a pair of Aston Martin Vantage GT3s.

Three-time Bathurst 12 Hour winners Audi have confirmed their presence with at least two works cars, Christoper Mies’ record-smashing Bathurst lap set at the Challenge Bathurst event last month an indication of their intent to add a fourth Bathurst crown.

Mercedes-AMG is set to have a very strong presence with the high-profile Craig Lowndes / Shane van Gisbergen / Jamie Whincup Team Vodafone entry joined this week by confirmation of Erebus Motorsport’s return with Yasser Shanin, David Reynolds and Luke Youlden.

More announcements are planned in the coming week with another world-class field to descend on Mount Panorama next February.