Bamboo Engineering has announced they will skip the 2014 FIA World Touring Car Championship season with a view to returning the following year.
The squad – which fields teams in a number of championship categories – will concentrate its efforts on the FIA World Endurance Championship, fielding an Aston Martin Vantage GTE for former WTCC drivers Darryl O’Young and Alex MacDowall, who will be joined by Fernando Rees.
We previously reported that MacDowall and his 2013 teammate James Nash would both be missing from the 2014 WTCC grid, effectively paving the way for the team’s similar announcement.
The team had originally announced plans to field two brand new RML-built Chevrolet Cruzes in this year’s WTCC season, but failed to secure sufficient funding to run both its planned WEC and WTCC programs.
“Regretfully we won’t be competing in the WTCC this season,” Bamboo’s team principal Richard Coleman said.
”It was too difficult for us to raise the required budget to compete at the very front of the grid and Bamboo is about going forward.
“We will actively seek the right circumstances for our return in 2015,” he added. “The WTCC has a very bright future, and I know first hand how much progress is being made.”
Bamboo’s announcement means that the two Cruze models assigned to it – in addition to the two apiece already assigned to ROAL Motorsport and Campos Racxing – are now up for grabs by another team. An announcement is expected in due course.
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