EMA Motorsport will once again combine with Manthey, starting the 2023 season off in the most exciting way with confirmation of entry into the Bathurst 12 Hour. After successful events in Europe, the Australian-German effort will be hard to miss as they come together to send the iconic green and yellow ‘Grello’ Porsche 911 GT3 R to the Mountain with a Pro driver effort.
Since debuting with the Porsche 911 GT3 R in Europe earlier this year, Melbourne-based EMA Motorsport has delivered front-running performances at both the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa and a recent round of the NLS championship at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
These efforts have been supported by Manthey, running with highly regarded driver line-ups, as the team underlines its drive to compete at the highest level. The announcement of Manthey-EMA entry to the LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour is the first part of an exciting 2023 racing schedule for the team.
This will be only the second time that the fan favorite ‘Grello’ livery has run in the Southern
Hemisphere. The iconic neon green and yellow design was seen in Australia on one occasion, previously competing at Mount Panorama with Manthey in 2018.
Nicolas Raeder, Managing Director of Manthey Racing GmbH:
“The season opener of the Intercontinental GT Challenge in Bathurst is a special highlight in the racing calendar, and we are looking forward to starting our motorsport year 2023 with this event together with EMA. With its hilly sections, the Mount Panorama Circuit is reminiscent of the Nordschleife and places very high demands on both the vehicle and the drivers. This is exactly where we’re experienced from our stints in the Green Hell. And we clearly want to compete for victory in Australia.”
EMA Motorsport makes a first appearance at the Bathurst 12 Hours with the Porsche 911 GT3 R, having raced at the Mountain as part of the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia grid earlier this year. The race will also be one of the final appearances for the 991.2 iteration of the GT3 R in top-flight competition, ahead of the new 992 generation joining grids from 2023.
The team is currently working through the final preparations ahead of the 2023 season-opening event, finalising the details of the Pro line-up. Further details of the drivers are set to revealed early in the New Year.
The 2023 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour takes place 3-5 February 2023.