The Bamboo name will be back on the FIA World Touring Car Championship entry list after a one-year absence, with team CEO Richard Coleman confirming a joint-venture to bring the Craft-Bamboo Racing back to the series.
After four years competing as an Independent Trophy outfit, the team – then known as Bamboo Engineering – elected to skip the 2014 season as the WTCC entered a new era of technical regulations. In its final year in the championship, it drivers Alex MacDowall and James Nash finished first and third in the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy standings.
“I’m delighted to announce our return to the WTCC and to be working with Grégoire. We are limited in our preparation time but I hope to be in good shape for Argentina,” Coleman said.
The team has confirmed that 23-year-old Frenchman Grégoire Demoustier will drive an RML-built TC1-spec Chevrolet Cruze for the season; it is also evaluating the option of running a second car.
Demoustier hails from the GT racing scene, finishing fifth overall in the GTC class of the European Le Mans Series and seventh in the Blancpain Endurance Series (Pro Cup) last year.
“I am very happy to be joining the WTCC. Craft-Bamboo Racing have been an excellent team in the past and I am really looking forward to working with them and learning the car. The first season will be a steep learning curve but I am sure we will achieve some good results,” Demoustier said.
2014 FIA WTCC Entry List (so far):
|Citroën Total WTCC||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||Sébastien Loeb|
|José María López|
|Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team||Honda Civic WTCC||TBA|
|Honda Racing Team Sweden||Honda Civic WTCC||Rickard Rydell|
|LADA Sport||LADA Vesta||Rob Huff|
|Independent Trophy Entries||Car||Driver|
|ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||TBA|
|Campos Racing||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||Hugo Valente|
|Craft-Bamboo Racing||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||Grégoire Demoustier|
|Proteam Racing||Honda Civic WTCC||Dušan Borković|
|ROAL Motorsport||Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||TBA|
|Sébastien Loeb Racing||Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||Mehdi Bennani|
|Zengõ Motorsport||Honda Civic WTCC||TBA|
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