The Bamboo Engineering team has announced wholesale changes to its driver line-up ahead of the 2012 World Touring Car Championship season, with the UK-based outfit confirming that it has signed Pasquale Di Sabatino and Alex MacDowall to make their championship debuts.
The announcement means that Darryl O’Young and Yukinori Taniguchi are both out of a drive; the newly-signed drivers coming in also mean a wholesale change in the team’s livery scheme, with new sponsors HyFlex, Acqua & Sapone and Motul coming on board as principal sponsors.
“We’ve managed to achieve this so far and I’m very confident that with this driver pairing we’ll continue to do so in 2012.”
Di Sabatino, 24, has several of open-wheeler experience behind him, including four years in the Italian Formula Renault championship, as well as racing in the Auto GP championship last year.
MacDowell, by contrast, has plenty of experience in tin-tops, despite being just 21 years old. He finished runner-up in the 2009 Renault Clio Cup UK, before spending the next two years racing in the British Touring Car Championship for the works RML Chevrolet squad. He claimed two pole positions and a podium finish in his debut year, and backed this up with two further podium finishes last year.
“This will be Bamboo’s third assault on the Yokohama Independents Trophy and our aim every year is to be competing for the trophy,” added Coleman.
“We’ve managed to achieve this so far and I’m very confident that with this driver pairing we’ll continue to do so in 2012. Alex has proved himself in the BTCC over the last two seasons and I’m sure he’ll shine at world level as well. Pasquale of course has no previous Touring Car experience but he’s a very quick racing driver.”
The team will field two upgraded Chevrolet Cruze 1.6Ts in the upcoming season.