Our champion won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice and in his palmares there are victories at the 12 h of Bathurst (2016 and 2014), at the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (2014 and 2013) and at the Porsche Cup Macau Grand Prix, prestigious successes achieved at the wheel of Porsche. In addition to these triumphs, there is also the podium at the 24 Hours of Daytona (2015) and the championships won in the BMW Formula (2006). At just 28, Earl is one of the worldwide top driver in the GT and LMP1 competitions and he is going to race another great season at the top, always and only as official Porsche driver.
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Your 2017 win at Le Mans was achieved thanks to a strong determination and the desire not to surrender. Is that a fair assessment?
“Winning Le Mans in 2017 was a crazy race. At one point we were down and out. We knew we had to get back out on track and fight back to P5 and that was the goal. Then the chance of P5 became a chance at the podium and finally a chance to win the race. It was a lot closer in the beginning when we left the box. We predicted we would overtake the LMP2 on the last lap. Through good strategy this reduced. But it was flat out for 18 hours for us nothing to loose. It was great!“
You have a great career in a single-seaters (F BMW and F Asia in particular), but you have since concentrated on a GT / Sportscar career. How did this your choice come about?
“The move to sportscars took a long time from Single Seaters. All my chances in single seaters stopped. I focused on coming back in GT racing. I was given a chance in 2013 in Carrera Cup Asia and this is where it all started with Porsche.”
You are one of Porsche’s top drivers now and one that is now referred to, even though you are still quite young. With the factory in Stuttgart you have formed an extraordinary combination. Can you talk about how it was born and how did your relationship with Porsche evolve?
”I first started racing Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge as a privateer. It was a must win situation for me to have the chance to receive a potential scholarship to become a Porsche Junior and race Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. It was an amazing season and got selected to join the Porsche family. It seems only like yesterday. In 2014 I had the crazy idea to race 3 different Porsche one make cups in Supercup, Asia and Germany. We won two of them and lead Germany until date clashes stopped that. At the end of 2014 I was sent to USA to drive for Porsche Motorsport for the first time. It was amazing. Then at the start of 2015 someone in Weissach had the idea to cup the Carrera Cup kid into LMP1. I guess the rest is history. For me it’s such an honor to be given the chance to drive for Porsche the most successful manufacture ever at Le Mans.”
Passing from GT to LMP1 cars (always with the Porsche brand) with incredible ease, without showing any change in your performance, how do you do it? Do you have a secret?
“Swapping between different cars has become a lot easier because I have been doing it my whole life. Before I came to Porsche I drove all sorts of different cars. Front wheel drive, 4wd, GT, Touring cars and single seaters. From each car you learn something and this allows you to swap quite fast.”
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