England-based bamboo-engineering launched today their maiden campaign in the FIA World Touring car Championship. The team will field two Chevrolet Lacetti cars for drivers Harry Vaulkhard and Darryl O’Young who will be the first Chinese driver ever to take part in a full WTCC season.
O’Young, 29-years-old from Hong Kong, who won the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia twice in 2006 and 2008, said: "To be competing in an FIA World Championship has been one of my targets for many years now, so to be able to enter the WTCC is an amazing opportunity!"
Harry Vaulkhard, 24-years-old from Britain, has been a front-runner in the BTCC the last two seasons, after winning the Seat Cupra Cup in 2007. "The WTCC is where I’ve always aspired to be some day but to be honest this has come sooner than I expected. I have learnt so much in 2009 and I am really confident I can get some great results in 2010," he declared.
Team manager Richard Coleman explained: "We have a great driver line up: Harry showed last year in the BTCC and the ETCC what he can achieve. Darryl is a huge talent and once adapted to front wheel drive I expect him to be a regular podium contender in the Independents‘ Trophy."
Chevrolet Motorsport Manager Eric Nève commented: "This is the first time we see Chevrolet cars competing full-time in the Independents‘ Trophy, and we warmly welcome this development, as it demonstrates the level of confidence that top independent teams have on our products and racing services. We will follow closely the bamboo campaign and wish them all the best."
The bamboo-racing Chevrolet Lacetti cars of Harry Vaulkhard and Darryl O’Young