Earl Bamber Motorsport (EBM) had their first taste of racing in the United States this weekend as they entered into the ‘Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli’, Indianapolis 8-Hour Race Powered by AWS last weekend.
As it was a first for the team to race at the legendary track, the weekend presented its fair share of challenges. Despite this, the team managed to tackle them head-on and drivers Adrian D’Silva, Jeff Kingsley and Nicholas Boulle showed the paddock the pace the team had.
After an engine blow-up in a practice session Thursday afternoon, the team were up and running again first thing Friday morning after a new engine was overnighted from California. The team regrouped and went on to progressively improve the car and move forward before entering qualifying on Saturday.
After a great start to the race battling their way up to P3 in the Pro-Am class, the team entered the 4th hour of race where an unfortunate incident forced the team to retire the car, Earl Bamber explained.
“We were in 3rd place and it looked like we could secure the spot. Unfortunately, we had contact with a GT4 competitor which damaged the car too much to be able to repair. This led us to retiring the car.
“Despite the outcome, I am really proud of the whole team and the drivers.”
As a newcomer to the EBM team, Jeff Kingsley experienced a lot of firsts over the weekend.
“I was happy to be driving a Porsche again, although limited tack time added to the challenge of running my first laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and my first time on the Pirelli tire.
I had an amazing weekend with EBM, regardless of the end result. The entire crew was professional, diligent and made me feel at home during my weekend with the team.”
Kingsley also expressed how with the team’s momentum throughout the race a good result was looking promising.
“Considering we started the race 42nd and were up 16th overall and 3rd in class after the fifth hour, we certainly have lots to be proud of. I truly believe we would have been on the podium.
It is my hope that I can race with Earl Bamber Motorsport again and finish what we started.”