Seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner Craig Lowndes has been confirmed alongside factory Porsche teammates Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor in a Meguiar’s liveried 911 GT3 R for the 2020 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
Supercars legend Lowndes, who won the 12 Hour in a Ferrari in 2014, will return to Mount Panorama for another assault on the once-round-the-clock classic.
Lowndes finished fourth from 19th on the grid in the 2019 race, which saw Matt Campbell star to lead the Earl Bamber Motorsport entry to victory.
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Kiwi Bamber will return behind the wheel for the January 31-February 2 event, which will be broadcast live and ad-break free on Fox Sports.
Lowndes will join Bamber and Dutchman Vanthoor, with the latter duo winning the GTLM championship sharing a factory 911 RSR in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship in 2019.
It marks one of the strongest driver combinations on the grid for the 2020 event, which will feature 40 cars and a whopping 11 different GT3 manufacturers.
Lowndes couldn’t hide his excitement in returning for another crack at the Bathurst marathon.
“I’m really excited to be joining the Porsche family for the Bathurst 12 Hour, teaming
up with factory drivers Earl and Laurens,” Lowndes said.
“Earl Bamber Motorsport is the reigning race-winning team so it’s exciting to help them defend their title. Earl and I have been teammates in the past and get on extremely well, so with a Belgian in the mix, it should also be a bit of fun too.
“It’s my first time racing in a Porsche and the new evolution 911 GT3 R looks like a weapon, I can’t wait.”
Bamber added: “As a team we really very excited to go to the event. Obviously last year was amazing to win the race so to be able to return as defending champions for Porsche will be
“As a driver, it will be awesome to team up with Laurens as we had a lot of success in America last year and follow each other all around the world racing.
“We are both really excited to have a legend in Craig Lowndes join the team and drive
our car. He is the most successful Bathurst driver on the grid, so hopefully he can bring
us some of that Lowndesy magic during the Bathurst 12 Hour weekend.
“I’m very excited to drive for Earl’s team,” Vanthoor said.
“As his teammate I have been following EBM closely the last couple of years and this is a great opportunity to be part of, teaming up with a Bathurst legend such as Craig.
“Winning Bathurst is still a dream of mine and I have come close to date, but hope to succeed this year. I’m also curious to see how Earl is going to drive, while managing his own team.”