After claiming a historic victory in the 2019 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour, the winning Porsche 911 GT3-R will return to Australia later this year.
Placed fourth with just one hour to go in the race, Porsche Junior Matt Campbell charged through the field in the final stages to pull off an unlikely yet sensational victory.
The victory to Campbell and teammates Dennis Olsen and Dirk Werner also marked Porsche’s first ever-outright win at Australia’s iconic International Enduro.
Since the historic victory in February, the Earl Bamber Motorsport-prepared Porsche has been on display at the German manufacturer’s museum in Stuttgart, but is now on its way back to Australia through Paul Tresidder.
Competing at the same event himself with team Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, coming 19th outright and second in Class B, the long-term Porsche advocate purchased the car last month to bring back home.
Despite a strong relationship with Porsche, Tresidder was surprised he was able to purchase the car which he saw first hand pull off the incredible victory.
“I thought I wouldn’t stand a chance of being able to secure the car, having won the 12-Hour,” Tresidder explained.
“However after the race I caught up with Alex Gibot (Head of Porsche Motorsport in the Asia-Pacific region) and told him I would like to buy it. Alex knows my history with Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and my love of Porsche, plus the car would be coming home to Australia and properly looked after.
“I was there in our pits watching the last hour of the race unfold. Whilst all three drivers contributed to the end result, for me the stand out drive of the day was Matt Campbell with three overtaking moves in the last hour of the race, the best I have ever seen.
“There are great memories associated with this epic win so as an Australian, I wanted to bring the car back home.”
Before the car makes it way back down under, it will compete at the Porsche Sports Cup China in October, as well as feature in a number of Porsche Museum displays at the event.
When he finally does receive it, Tresidder has decided not make any adjustments and race the car as is.
“I will race it lightly, probably the first event will be Bathurst at Easter 2020,” Tresidder added.
“The now-famous livery will also stay, the only change will be to wipe off the sticky remains of Matt’s Champagne.
“This was Earl Bamber Motorsport’s first attempt running two factory cars and for him and his team to get a first time victory - and a first victory for Porsche - it doesn’t get much better.”