Top Asian GT outfit Craft Bamboo Racing will enter a two-car Aston Martin team in the 2015 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
The Hong Kong-based team has confirmed a two-car Aston Martin Vantage GT3 attack on the February 6-8 Event that will include the return of two-time race winner Darryl O’Young to Mount Panorama.
Team founder and experienced racer Frank Yu will also be amongst the driving squad.
The team has confirmed one car will fight for outright victory while the other contests the ‘Gentlemen’s Trophy’ – for cars with two unseeded drivers – within Class A.
“I’m extremely excited to be returning to Mount Panorama,” O’Young said.
O’Young won the Bathurst 12 Hour twice as part of the works Audi squad that dominated the race in 2011 and 2012.
The vastly experienced Canadian-born Hong Kong driver has also raced at the highest level in the World Touring Car Championship and currently races with Craft Bamboo’s GT Asia campaign in the factory-associated Astons.
“I missed the race this year for the first time since 2011, so I’m glad to be back to Bathurst with a competitive team. Craft-Bamboo Racing is aiming for the win, so hopefully we’ll be in good position in the final hour to fight for the victory.”
Team CEO Richard Coleman said the team was excited to commence their 2015 racing program on the Mountain.
“We are very excited to be entering a two car entry to the Bathurst 12 hour race as this is an event we’ve been eyeing for some time. I cannot think of a more fitting race to kick start our 2015 racing activities. It’s a notoriously difficult event but you will see us enter two very competitive entries and we aim to bring home some silverware.”
Craft Bamboo Racing is an official technical partner team of Aston Martin Racing and currently runs cars in the GTE-Pro class of the World Endurance Championship, the Asian LeMans Series and the GT Asia Series with the cars that will contest the 12-hour next year.
The team has raced in the famed LeMans 24 hour, the Sebring 12-hour, Sepang 12-hour and scored third in the 2013 Dubai 24 Hour.
Craft Bamboo Racing’s addition to the field takes to nine the number of competing brands in the outright GT3 class – that now counts 28 cars.
Aston Martin will join defending champions Ferrari, Nissan, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Porsche, McLaren, Bentley and Lamborghini in the battle for outright honours next February.