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EWS Craft-Bamboo Racing in strong form for penultimate round of 2019 China GT Championship in Tianjin

5 September 2019
For Immediate Release

EWS Craft-Bamboo Racing heads to Tianjin in strong form, after having scored a double podium result in Qinhuangdao last month. The team have high expectations for the weekend ahead after showing front-running pace all year in the China GT Championship, and have a clear objective this weekend; to fight for the championship lead.

Last Time Out
Back in August, EWS Craft-Bamboo Racing completed a successful weekend in Qinhuangdao despite torrential wet conditions, with the pair of Jeffrey Lee and Alessio Picariello scoring two podiums in two races. Starting from the back in Race 1, a great fightback by Picariello and Lee during their stints in soaking conditions gave them a podium finish. Due to torrential rain, Race 2 was delayed for an hour, but a stellar drive from Lee in the first stint gave Picariello prime position to challenge for victory. However, the race was red flagged 10 minutes short due to the amount of standing water on track, and the #88 crew finished in 2nd place, just behind the leader.

Tianjin V1 Auto World
Tianjin’s V1 Auto World is a new automotive and racing hub located in Wuqing, strategically located in between the major cities of Tianjin and Beijing. The circuit boasts a number of innovative features, not least the ability to be extended out onto the public roads and a Z shaped pit lane which can operate two layouts simultaneously. The facility has been designed to capture the interest in the burgeoning sports and lifestyle market and features the track, a hotel, conference centre and zones for commercial development, with areas for car dealerships, racing garages and storage facilities for the four wheeled toys of China’s new uber-rich.

The Weekend Ahead
The weather in Tianjin is forecasted to be dry throughout the weekend. Temperatures may vary quite widely, ranging from 22 to 32 degrees celcius. The engineers have their work cut out for them, given the freshly laid track surface. However, the team have confidence and are optimistic for another strong weekend in the China GT Championship, with sights clearly set on fighting for the lead of the overall championship.

Quotes
Jeffrey Lee | Driver #88 EWS Craft-Bamboo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3
“We go to Tianjin with an 8 point gap to the leaders in the outright GT3 class, and our pace in the past few races indicates that we can expect to fight at the front again for this coming weekend! Tianjin is a new circuit for us, and we will keep pushing for a top result again!”

Alessio Picariello | Driver #88 EWS Craft-Bamboo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3
“Coming off the back of a double podium last time in Qinhuangdao, I’m really excited to get on track this weekend in Tianjin. The car has been quick all year, and we have a clear target this weekend: to close up the gap to the championship leaders. Tianjin is new to the calendar, and it looks like a fun circuit with a mix of corners and I’m looking forward to the challenge!”

Darryl O’Young | Director of Craft-Bamboo Racing
This is a really critical weekend for the team, there are two weekends left to go, here in Tianjin and the finale in Shanghai. The championship fight is really tight; we’re only 8 points from the lead after a great weekend in Qinhuangdao. We’re looking to continue the consistent race performances, and hopefully this weekend we can overtake the championship lead; that’s going to be the key focus for the weekend ahead.