One of them won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in his first year as
There are days and moments in the life of a race driver that will never be forgotten. For Earl Bamber, June 14 of this year was one such day, and the awards ceremony following the 24 Hours of Le Mans one such moment. Together with his co-drivers Nick Tandy and Nico Hülkenberg, he stood on the platform high above the pit lane and basked in the applause of thousands of fans celebrating their victory behind the wheel of the 919 Hybrid in the world’s most famous endurance race.
“It was an incredible feeling to hold the trophy in my hands and be cheered by so many people,” says Bamber, a 25-year-old New Zealander. “If I had dreamt of winning Le Mans, that is the moment I would have woken up. But this dream has turned into reality.” Bamber’s sensational success on the Circuit des 24 Heures is the current highlight in his rapid rise from a
Bamber has always been a talented race driver. His career, which started with karting back in 2004, received a crucial boost by support from
Because races are won by teams, the
“I have always been passionately interested in racing—and
“That’s true,” admits Höllwarth. “But it’s great fun to work with Earl and see how he develops,” he notes with reference to the fact that Bamber only became a factory driver at the start of this season. Following successful tests with the
Walliser also emphasized the role of the
Right from the start, Höllwarth and Bamber have been showing what they can do at
By Claus-Peter Andorka
Photos by Bob Chapman
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