Following Harry Vaulkhard’s announcement that he could no longer fund his World Touring Car Championship drive with the Bamboo Engineering squad, the team has announced that Japanese driver Yukinori Taniguchi will replace the Briton.
Taniguchi, who last raced in the WTCC in 2008 at Monza and Okayama for N.Technology Honda (pictured), will be the team-mate to the outfit’s regular driver, Hong Kong’s Daryl O’Young, in the Chevrolet Lacetti.
Taniguchi will represent the team in the Independents’ Trophy championship in the next three rounds at Oschersleben, Valencia and Okayama.
Speaking about their driver signing, the team’s boss Richard Coleman said: “While it’s sad to see Harry go it’s a great opportunity for us to work with Yukinori, his experience at the Okayama circuit will no doubt help us as a team when we get there.”
“I have been looking to drive in WTCC since 2008 and now I have this opportunity in a great team and car,” Taniguchi said. “Bamboo showed they are one of the fastest independent teams this season and I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel.”
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