Craft-Bamboo Racing will enter a full Porsche factory driver line-up for the Suzuka 10 Hours, which takes place on August 24-26. This will be the third round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge and marks the return of Craft-Bamboo Racing to the series after the Bathurst 12 Hour earlier this year. The team’s entry will be supported by Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific, with the trio of Porsche works drivers to be announced on the lead up to the race.
This entry follows on from the success experienced in the Bathurst 12 Hour in February, where Craft-Bamboo had the perfect strategy to give them a clear shot at victory until a red flag ended the race with 20 minutes remaining. While the result was poignant for the entire team, there was intense motivation to return to the Intercontinental GT Challenge for another shot at triumph.
The Hong Kong team has high hopes for the ten-hour endurance event after realising success in both Porsche 911 GT3 Rs in last year’s Blancpain GT Series Asia competition at the Suzuka International Circuit. The team recorded a stellar flying lap during qualifying one to take Porsche’s first pole-position in the series, whilst the team’s second Porsche 911 GT3 R also found great success in Suzuka taking a second placed podium in race one on the Japanese Formula 1 circuit.
Craft-Bamboo are currently working on a second Porsche 911 GT3 R entry to run alongside the factory line-up, which will be contested in either the Pro or Pro-Am category. A huge grid of 30 cars spanning 12 manufacturers are already confirmed and the Suzuka 10 Hours will be the first international joint FIA GT3, GT300 and JAF GT race. This will ensure some fierce competition between the most prominent marques and teams in international motorsport.
Darryl O’Young, Director of Craft-Bamboo Racing
"I am very pleased we were able to finalize the partnership with Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific to compete in the upcoming Suzuka 10 Hour with a full factory line-up. Our first Intercontinental GT Challenge race was the Bathurst 12 Hour earlier this year, where we had a shot for the win up to the final 20 minutes. It was a bitter sweet end for us there, but it only motivated us more to go for the win in Suzuka. We have seen good performance from the Porsche 911 GT3 R in past races at Suzuka, so we have high expectations to compete at the front of the field again. There's a very competitive entry list, so for us the race starts now as we prepare for the big event."
Alexandre Gibot, Head of Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific
“We look forward to partnering once again with Craft-Bamboo Racing, for this joint effort to compete in the Suzuka 10 Hours. This will be the third time since Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific was founded that we join forces with Craft-Bamboo Racing, and we are eager to work with the team for a strong result in the race. Alongside bringing the Porsche factory driver-line up, Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific will also provide engineering and technical support leading up to, and on site during the race, as well as ensuring adequate parts supply on site.”