Craft-Bamboo Racing has confirmed that it will run at the Suzuka 10 Hours in August with a full line-up of factory drivers from Porsche, who will be confirmed in due course.
The Hong Kong-based outfit currently competes in Blancpain GT Series Asia but also contested the Intercontinental GT Challenge season opener, the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, in February when its works Porsche crew was strategically set for victory until a late red flag brought the race to an early conclusion.
The team is also working on a second Porsche, to be entered in either the Pro or Pro/Am category, that will run alongside the factory car at a circuit where Craft-Bamboo claimed its maiden Blancpain GT Series Asia pole position and podium last season.
Director of Craft-Bamboo Racing, Darryl O’Young, confirmed the team’s near-miss at Bathurst had played a role in returning to the Intercontinental GT Challenge for another factory assault with Porsche.
“I am very pleased we were able to finalize the partnership with Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific to compete in the upcoming Suzuka 10 Hours with a full factory line-up,” he said. “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 bittersweet 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, added: “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.”
As it stands, six Porsche 991 GT3 Rs are now confirmed for the 10 Hours, with two from D’station Racing and APR, plus an additional car from Black
Porsche is set to enjoy a strong presence at Suzuka where six 991 GT3 Rs are now confirmed. Three cars entered by two Japanese teams – D’station Racing and APR – plus Black Swan Racing’s Bronze Drivers’ championship-leading entry, Craft-Bamboo and fellow factory-backed squad, Manthey Racing.