Maro Engel and Daniel Juncadella confirmed as Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing drivers
Engel looking to defend GT Cup crown and clinch fourth triumph at the Guia Circuit
Former Macau F3 race winner Juncadella in search of first FIA GT World Cup victory
Following Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing’s announcement of their participation in the 70th anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix, the reigning champions of the Macau GT Cup has confirmed an all star driver lineup of Maro Engel (GER) and Daniel Juncadella (ESP) for the two stunning Evisu liveried Mercedes-AMG GT3s, which will be driven from the 16th to 19th of November at the FIA GT World Cup. The team will also be competing at the Greater Bay Area GT Cup with the #55 Mercedes-AMG GT3 during the first weekend from the 10th to 12th of November, which will be driven by Team Director and 2021 Macau GT Cup champion Darryl O’Young (HKG). After securing victory at the Macau GT Cup two years in a row, the Hong Kong team aims for top honors once again as they return with two drivers who have ample experience at the Guia Circuit. Engel and Juncadella have achieved success with Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing throughout the years, with Juncadella playing a pivotal role in helping the team secure the 2023 Fanatec GT World Challenge Asia drivers’ championship. Meanwhile Engel’s latest venture with the Hong Kong team came at the 2022 Macau Grand Prix, where he secured his third win at the Guia Circuit. This will be the second time the pair work with Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing, after a strong P2 finish at the 2021 Bathurst 12 Hour. 2023 marks the resurgence of the much anticipated FIA GT World Cup, which will return to the narrow streets of Macau for the first time since 2019. The FIA-sanctioned spectacle is set to provide close racing, attracting the top GT racing talents from across the world. It is a race that every driver wants to win and is set to be one of the headline events of the 70th anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix. Engel will look to secure his record-equalling fourth GT Cup win at the Guia Circuit, while Juncadella set’s his sights on his first victory in the FIA GT World Cup. Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing is excited and preparing to get going on the streets of Macau once again. The event is set to attract thousands of spectators from across the region with a total of 11 races across two weekends. The FIA GT World Cup will be made available to audiences across the globe through the live broadcast on their official website as well as other TV stations.
Daniel Juncadella | Driver, #91 Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing
“Being back in Macau after six years is something very special for me. In Formula 3, I was able to win in Macau in 2011, which was a pivotal point in my career. It is one of the most demanding races of the year with many top-notch drivers in the field. I am looking forward to racing with Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing together with Maro.”
Maro Engel | Driver, #77 Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing
"Macau is always a really special highlight on the race calendar. I have been able to celebrate many great achievements there and I will try to repeat the victory from last year and to bring the title to Affalterbach again. The event has been returned to the FIA GT World Cup for the first time since 2019.The race is expected to have an even stronger entry and to be a spectacular affair for all motorsport fans."
Darryl O’Young | Director, Team Craft-Bamboo Racing
“It is a privilege for the team to have access to such talented drivers as Maro and Dani. It is our job to deliver them fast cars so they can maximize their speed in our Mercedes-AMG GT3’s on the Guia Circuit. We have been an official Performance Team of Mercedes-AMG since 2019, we savor these chances to compete at the highest levels of GT racing, going up against the best teams and drivers. Our goal is to claim our 3rd win in a row in the Macau GT Cup, as well as claiming our first FIA World Cup title. The competition will be stiff so our drivers, engineers, and mechanics will all have to be at the top of our game to have a chance at victory.”