Wanganui-born Porsche factory driver Earl Bamber has been inducted into the MotorSport New Zealand Wall of Fame.
The induction was announced by MotorSport New Zealand president Wayne Christie and President d’Honneur Morrie Chandler during MotorSport NZ’s annual awards night held at Wellington’s TSB Arena on Saturday 26 May.
Located in MotorSport House in Wellington, the MotorSport NZ Wall of Fame was established in 1994 as a permanent reminder of the achievements of past and present members who have been instrumental in showcasing New Zealand’s motorsport achievements to the world at large.
The Wall of Fame inscription for 27-year-old Bamber reads: “Earl Bamber has carved himself a place in New Zealand and more recently international motor racing history.
“In 2016, Earl joined with Porsche team-mates Nico Hulkenberg and Nick Tandy to win the legendary 24-Hours of Le Mans endurance race in a factory Porsche 919. He was the first New Zealander to win the race since Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon in 1966. Two years later Earl won the race again, this time with friend and fellow Kiwi Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard.
“Born and raised on a farm at Jerusalem near Wanganui, Earl took a traditional path into motorsport, progressing up through karting to full sized single seaters.”
Bamber joins other luminaries of New Zealand motorsport on the Wall of Fame including Chris Amon, Possum Bourne, Howden Ganley, Hayden Paddon, Greg Murphy and Brendon Hartley.
See http://motorsport.org.nz/content/wall-fame for more details on the MotorSport NZ Wall of Fame.
Earl Bamber, the latest Kiwi driver to join MotorSport NZ’s Wall of Fame.