Thailand proved a tough mission for Lyons and Craft Bamboo Racing with their brand new Porsche 911 GT3 R. In typical fashion Lyons and Yu ground out solid qualification times for race 1 and 2 to give themselves some hope for a points haul over what would be a tough, testing and hard fought weekends worth of racing.
“We went to Thailand with high hopes that we had made a step forwards in performance. As the weekend unfolded it was apparent that our progress was not enough. Thailand didn’t disappoint with 41oC Ambient temp, 60oC track temp and 65oC+ in the cabin, which made things all the more difficult. I managed to get a good clean lap in qualifying but when I was told it was only good enough for P7 I knew the size of the struggle we would face to fight for a podium finish this time out.
In race 1 I made a strong start and was able to get a few places over the first few laps and hang in there but the pace up front was a bit more than my Interush Porsche was prepared to give me. We kept it clean and brought it home a decent 7th place and our first points of the year.
Race 2 and Frank Yu started and showed good pace compared to the cars around him proving that he’s lost none of his speed. On the handover we were around P8 (up from P11) and we thought we got lucky when the safety car came out. A few laps behind the safety and racing was back on but as it turned out we only had the speed for the position we were in. I gave it everything and was able to hold of the Bentley’s and Audi’s behind to score another solid 7th.
The next 2 rounds will be on circuits I know very well in Japan, Okayama and Fuji. I hope my knowledge and experience combined with some set up improvements will get us closer to climbing our way up and onto the podium.”
Source. Richard Lyons