Craft-Bamboo Racing makes China debut for the Porsche 911 GT3 R
Craft-Bamboo has been busy preparing for Shanghai and hopes to make significant gains against the competition.
The penultimate GT Asia race of the season will hold special significance for Porsche Motorsport as it will be the first time that the all-new 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R will compete in China. As Porsche Motorsport’s technical partner in Asia, Craft-Bamboo Racing will be fighting to make the debut of the GT3 R a successful one by securing their two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs a spot on the podium once again. After showing some incredible form in Fuji that netted two third place finishes, Craft-Bamboo has been busy preparing for Shanghai and hopes to make significant gains against the competition.
After a brilliant pole position in Japan, Richard Lyons and Frank Yu are heading into the Shanghai rounds with increased confidence and are looking to give the team their first victory of the 2016 GT Asia Season. Both drivers have a good deal of experience at the Chinese track, with Yu taking second place in race one back in 2014, while Lyons scored a pole position for race one in 2015 with a flawless flying lap.
Lyons will be looking to repeat his performance here in China to give the #88 Porsche its best shot at victory. Yu and Lyons were running strong in P1 last year when they were hit by another competitor, ultimately ruining their chances of taking the win. They are determined to return to Shanghai in 2016 with a clean slate and put the #88 Interush Porsche on the top step of the podium.
After Darryl O’Young and Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi took their season best fourth place finish in Japan, the #91 VLT Porsche pair is looking to continue building on that momentum in Shanghai. O’Young and Bhirombhakdi have repeatedly shown progress with each passing round and are looking to take their performance to the next level this weekend in Shanghai.
O’Young scored a double win at the circuit last year and will be putting his experience to good use in the fight for more top results alongside his teammate, Bhirombhakdi. The young Thai has been making great strides with each round and he is hoping to continue fighting with pure grit and determination to take his first ever GT Asia Series podium.
#88 Interush Porsche 911 GT3 R
Frank Yu, Driver: “We found a lot in the car from Fuji and we are definitely heading in the right direction now. The Shanghai circuit is not that different from Fuji, so hopefully we will be able to get similar results.”
Richard Lyons, Driver: “After a very successful round seven and eight it's hard not to go into Shanghai with high hopes. Each time that I have raced there I've been competitive and able to secure front row starts, fastest laps and podiums. We seem to have made a step forward with pace so I expect the #88 Interush Porsche to be at the feisty end of the grid come race day."
#91 VLT Porsche 911 GT3 R
Darryl O’Young, Driver: “We’ve been building momentum every weekend and in the last race we got a really strong result in Japan. We are looking forward to Shanghai, where I feel we can get on the podium. With all the progress Toy and I have made, I truly believe we have a good shot at getting up there and we just need some luck to fall our way. As we saw in Fuji, qualifying will be critical so I’m aiming to be in the front two rows and capitalize on a strong start.”
Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi, Driver: “Shanghai is one of the circuits that I am most looking forward to this season, as it is a demanding and a world renowned F1 circuit of the modern era. I am looking forward to continuing the positive momentum our team has gained from the previous race weekend in Fuji, where both cars had their best performance to date. I believe that after the back to back races in Japan, the long three week break has helped us regroup and prepare for the races in Shanghai. I am delighted to be racing there, and hope I can help give Craft-Bamboo some more great results.”
Richard Coleman, CEO of Craft-Bamboo Racing
“We have worked hard throughout the season to increase our performance and found that we made some good steps forward in Japan. Over the summer break we have continued to push our development and I hope that we can make similar strides this weekend. We have a good track record at Shanghai but we will have to work incredibly hard to get the two Porsches up to speed as quickly as possible.”
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