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EWS Craft-Bamboo Racing heads to Shanghai season finale ready for championship fight

11 October 2019
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EWS Craft-Bamboo Racing arrives at the season finale of the 2019 China GT Championship with high expectations, after having fought at the front all season to put the team in prime position to fight for the championship. The objective for the #88 pair of Jeffrey Lee and Alessio Picariello is clear; to score maximum points in a bid for the driver’s championship.

Back in September, EWS Craft-Bamboo Racing had a mixed weekend at the Tianjin V1 circuit. After getting a good start, Lee was hit from behind just 10 minutes into the race, resulting in the #88 car retiring prematurely. However, the pair bounced back strongly in Race 2 to finish on the podium, after a stellar drive from both Lee and Picariello to achieve their which saw Jeffrey Lee being hit from behind in Race 1.

The weather in Shanghai is set to be dry throughout the weekend, with temperatures ranging between 21 to 23 degrees celcius, making conditions perfect for racing. Lee and Picariello have lots of experience and success in 2019 at the Shanghai Circuit, having taken a stunning victory and a podium result back in June for rounds 5 & 6 of the China GT Championship. The stage is set for a thrilling end to the season, and EWS Craft-Bamboo Racing have left nothing to chance with preparations in full swing for Lee and Picariello to fight for the title.

Shanghai International Circuit is a no-expense-spared facility, conceived by the Shanghai authorities as a way to showcase the city to the world. A 5.3 sq km site was chosen in the Jiading District in the north west of the city, close to major car parts manufacturing facilities and a budget of US$450 million raised through a government-funded joint-venture company. The circuit features a mix of low speed hairpins, sweeping fast corners and heavy braking zones that test the drivers and teams alike.

Shanghai Schedule
Friday – 11 October 2019
1335 – 1435 – Official Practice
1645 – 1700 – Qualifying 1
1710 – 1725 – Qualifying 2
Saturday – 12 October 2019
1455 – 1555 – Race 1
Sunday – 13 October 2019
1410 – 1510 – Race 2


Darryl O’Young | Director of EWS Craft-Bamboo Racing
“We’ve put a lot of hard work in all season, and it all comes down to this weekend here in Shanghai. Jeffrey and Alessio have done a fantastic job all season being consistent but still sit in second place in the championship. All we can do is execute a perfect weekend and see how it ends up in the points tables. Obviously our goal is to win the championship which is still a strong possibility. We hope for a perfect weekend and hopefully come out on top.”

Jeffrey Lee | Driver #88 EWS Craft-Bamboo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3
“After pushing hard all year and getting several victories and podiums along the way, we have come down to the final race in Shanghai. Even though we’re in 2nd place, I have confidence that we can score good results based on our performance at this circuit in June, winning one race and finishing 3rd. We will keep pushing right down to the finish line on Sunday, and hopefully we come out on top!”

Alessio Picariello | Driver #88 EWS Craft-Bamboo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3
“Really looking forward to being with the team for the season finale in Shanghai this weekend! After fighting at the front all year and scoring some good results, we find ourselves in P2, with a chance of battling for the overall championship. I expect us to be battling up front given our strength in this championship this year, and it will be an exciting end to the year. I’m excited and can’t wait to get on track for the final weekend of the China GT Championship!”