Bamboo Engineering will stay on in the WTCC Just days after we had reported that Bamboo Engineering would be returning to its roots in the British Touring Car Championship, the outfit has announced that it will dovetail this effort with a second season in the World Touring Car Championship after all. The outfit is also believed to be considering a foray in the FIA GT1 championship.

The team has confirmed it will run Hong Kong-based driver Darryl O’Young alongside Japan’s Yukinori Taniguchi – being two of the three drivers whom it ran in the 2010 WTCC season.

The team will continue with the venerable Chevrolet Lacettis it used last year for the opening round in Brazil, although it is understood that it has secured the used of two 2011-spec 1.6-litre turbo Chevrolet Cruzes from the second round (Belgium) onwards, which will in no way improve the team’s competitiveness.

The Lacettis will be diverted to its BTCC campaign, where the outfit will run Harry Vaulkhard alongside a yet-to-be-confirmed team-mate.

The announcement means that Fabio Fabiani will then be the sole Independent Trophy runner competing with a non-turbo entry in Scuderia Proteam’s third BMW during his part-campaign, while Robert Dahlgren will be the sole non-turbo works entry in the Polestar Volvo C30.

The SEAT entries will also switch from turbodiesel power to turbocharged petrol engines over the course of the 2011 season.

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