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):

Manufacturer Entries Car Driver
Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC Citroen.gif Sébastien Loeb ru
José María López ru
Yvan Muller ru
Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC Honda.gif TBA
Honda Racing Team Sweden Honda Civic WTCC Honda.gif Rickard Rydell ru
LADA Sport LADA Vesta LADA.gif Rob Huff ru
Mikhail Kozlovskiy ru
James Thompson ru
Independent Trophy Entries Car Driver
ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 Chevrolet.gif TBA  
Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 Chevrolet.gif Hugo Valente ru
Craft-Bamboo Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 Chevrolet.gif Grégoire Demoustier ru
Proteam Racing Honda Civic WTCC Honda.gif Dušan Borković ru
ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 Chevrolet.gif TBA  
Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée WTCC Citroen.gif Mehdi Bennani  ru
Zengõ Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC Honda.gif TBA  

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