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EWS Craft-Bamboo Racing heads to Shanghai with high expectations

27 June 2019
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The opening two rounds of the 2019 China GT Championship season saw EWS Craft-Bamboo Racing begin with a strong start to the year, with Jeffrey Lee and Alessio Picariello scoring a victory at the opening weekend of the season. The #88 pair are aiming high this weekend in China, with both drivers having had success at the famous Shanghai Circuit.

The Season So Far

#88 Mercedes-AMG GT3
Jeffrey Lee and Alessio Picariello have gotten off to a flying start to the 2019 China GT Championship, taking a hard-fought win in Sepang after a comeback through the field which saw Picariello pull off a decisive overtake for the lead in the closing stages of the race. In Ningbo, with Darryl O’Young driving in place of Picariello, EWS Craft-Bamboo Racing raised the bar again. O’Young and Lee were in position to take the overall win before an ill-timed safety car dashed all hopes of a victory. Despite that, O’Young and Lee finished in the top five twice after strong performances from both drivers over the weekend.

Due to their strong start to the season, the #88 J-Fly Racing pair of Lee and Picariello head to Shanghai this weekend with Lee sitting third in the overall Drivers’ Championship standings, and will be looking to close the 2-point gap to the lead for the Teams Championship.

The Weekend Ahead
The upcoming weekend in Shanghai will see a fairly consistent temperature range of 23 to 27 degress celcius, with showers expected on Sunday, making the strategy calls and setup of the car ever so crucial. Official Practice begins on Friday at 1235hrs, followed by the qualifying sessions at 1620hrs. Race 1 starts at 1415hrs on Saturday, and Race 2 is at 1405hrs on Sunday. (All times in GMT +8). All the racing action will be available on the various China GT social media channels.

Shanghai Schedule
Thursday [27 June]
1200 – Practice 1
1350 – Practice 2
Friday [28 June]
1235 – Official Practice
1620 – Qualifying 1
1645 – Qualifying 2
Saturday [29 June]
1415 – Race 1
Sunday [30 June]
1405 – Race 2


Jeffrey Lee | Driver #88 Mercedes-AMG GT3
“It’s great to be back here at the Shanghai Circuit, where I have had success in the past. Coming off a strong opening two races in the China GT Championship, I think we are in good shape and the circuit should suit the characteristics of the Mercedes-AMG GT3. We are aiming for the top and hope to score maximum points!”

Alessio Picariello | Driver #88 Mercedes-AMG GT3
"I’m excited to be back in the China GT Championship after being forced to miss Ningbo due to other racing commitments. Our pace in Sepang was good, taking a victory in the first weekend of the series, so we’re aiming high for this weekend in Shanghai. I’ve raced a lot in the past in Shanghai; last year’s China GT rounds here were really successful for me in a Audi defending against the AMG which was really strong race pace so looking forward to try it out this time!"