Earl Bamber has made a scorching run since defeating Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo for the 2006 Formula BMW Asia championship aged 16. He progressed through the open wheel ranks until the cancellation of A1GP, in which he represented New Zealand, almost scuppered his career. At the start of 2013, a break saw Bamber make his debut in a one-make sportscar competition. Fast forward a year, and the 24-year-old clinched back-to-back Porsche Carrera Cup Asia championship titles - this among the achievements that have made him one of the world's most sought-after and versatile drivers. I had to be very hungry and make the most of every opportunity or I wouldn't have another one. I had to really want to do it Earl Bamber Race commentary? He can do that, too. Not bad for a farm boy, who honed his skills in the wide open spaces of Wanganui. "Wanganui is a very small town. I learned to drive on our farm when I was three. Dad got me a go-kart for my seventh birthday, and I was actually really slow at the start but I had fun," said Bamber, who will be competing in this month's Macau GT Cup for LKM Racing. "We never really expected to do it as a profession. I just raced and eventually won some titles. I finished third at the world karting championships and that gave me the opportunity to move into race cars. I moved all the way to GP2 in single seaters and now I'm moving my way through the ranks of GTs [grand touring] as well," he said. By 2008 he was ranked "sixth highest future star in the world" by internationally recognised website driverdb.com His second straight Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series championship last month showed his title win a year earlier was no fluke. He also leads the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup series going into the final round of the series that acts as a support race for this weekend's United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. He has raced a works Porsche 911 RSR at the Petit Le Mans 10-hour endurance race in Georgia, finishing second in his class. Earlier this year, Bamber won his class (class B) in the Bathurst 12-hour race, showing true stamina. His skills don't stop there. At just 19, he was a race commentator at the 2009 Donington Park Superleague Formula round in Leicestershire, England, showing a natural ability that belied his tender years. There seems to be no stopping Bamber. But what does he owe his success to other than hard work and commitment? "I've always had good results and it's good to come back in Porsche racing. It helps when you're a bit more mature, especially to win championships. "I'm lucky to have a fantastic group of sponsors, such as LKM, who make that side of racing a lot easier. I also have an excellent engineering group, so I've been able to navigate a great group around me. That means I can focus on driving all the time. These key components lead to success," he said. Bamber made a memorable Macau debut last year when he beat nine-times world rally champion Sebastien Loeb, of France, into second place in a special round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, having wrapped up the series a month earlier. Seven years prior, Bamber beat another famous driver, current Red Bull F1 star Ricciardo, who had to settle for third overall behind champion Bamber for the Formula BMW Asia title. "I had to [be disciplined] from a very young age and make the most of opportunities as I didn't have an endless budget. "I had to be very hungry and make the most of every opportunity or I wouldn't have another one. I had to really want to do it. "There was no time to play about or otherwise I wouldn't ever be racing. It's been a long road but it's great to be where I am racing with Porsche," he said. Bamber can't wait to return to the former Portuguese enclave as he competes in the Macau GT Cup against one of the strongest fields ever assembled. "I think the Guia is an amazing circuit. It's a really awesome place and I enjoy every lap. It was great to win last year and to race Sebastien Loeb. Not just racing him but in the wet, which is a lot more difficult," he said of his lights-to-flag victory in 2013. That success helped him earn the Porsche Motorsport International Motorsport Cup Scholarship for 2014 worth €200,000 (HK$2 million) in funding. Returning to the Macau Grand Prix weekend, Bamber likes his chances for the November 16 race, despite a who's who of racing stars on the grid. "I think we have a good shot. We have a good programme around the race. LKM have a fantastic car and team so I think we'll be there or thereabouts," he said. "The competition is not just about Edo [Edoardo Mortara, unbeaten in all his races in Macau since 2009] but a lot of great drivers. The Macau GT Cup is almost becoming the world championship of GT3. You will see the likes of DTM champion Marco Wittmann, Augusto Farfus, Renger van der Zande, Maro Engel, Laurens Vanthoor and Danny Watts among others. "There are factory-supported drivers and you can say some of the best drivers in the world. It's going to be a real dog fight."