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Craft-Bamboo Racing targeting success at the inaugural Suzuka 10 Hours

Craft-Bamboo Racing heads to the inaugural Suzuka 10 Hours with an all-star line-up consisting of Porsche factory drivers Laurens Vanthoor (BEL), Kévin Estre (FRA) and Porsche young gun, Mathieu Jaminet (FRA), all sharing the wheel of the #991 Craft-Bamboo Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R. Although this may be the first time that all three drivers will be racing at Suzuka, the confidence is high as the famous 5.8km-long circuit has been a happy hunting ground for Craft-Bamboo Racing in the past.

The Hong Kong based team has showed strong performances at Suzuka, with the most recent being a 2nd place finish earlier this summer in the Blancpain GT Series Asia. With the additional technical support offered by Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific, the team is well placed to achieve further success at a circuit favoured by drivers and fans alike.

Bullish about the challenge ahead, the entire team are aiming for the top-step of the podium despite strong competition from other factory-backed entries. The drivers, engineers and crew have their work cut out for them, but the Porsche 911 GT3 R is known for its superb high-speed balance and braking ability, which should provide stability and a slight edge over the competitors through Suzuka’s fast and flowing corners.

The newly launched Suzuka 10 Hours (previously the Suzuka 1000km) event aims to bring together the very best GT3 teams from various championships around the world. To highlight the level of competition in this race, GT3 spec cars are also racing against entries from Japan’s Super GT GT300 and Super Taikyu classes. All the entries are subject to SRO Balance-of-Performance regulations, consistent throughout the various Blancpain GT Series globally as well as the Intercontinental GT Championship of which the Suzuka 10 Hours event is part of. This makes the challenge of the Suzuka 10 Hours even more unique, pitting Craft-Bamboo Racing against GT3 teams from all around the world.

Weather conditions are forecast to be cloudy with a 20% chance of rain; the uncertainty of the weather is further worsened due to Typhoon Cimaron, which interrupted unofficiaon-track sessions yesterday. However the Porsche 911 GT3 R has been proven to be strong regardless of a wet or dry track conditions. The team feels energised and hungry for victory after the encouraging performances at various endurance races entered this year, and aims to be fighting at the front of the 35-car field for victory!


Darryl O’Young, Director of Craft-Bamboo Racing
“The Suzuka 10 Hours has finally arrived and we’re really looking forward to the event.  The IGTC concept developed by the SRO has worked well in bringing together top teams and manufacturers from around the world to compete in an action packed endurance event. Our driver line-up is strong, the team is focused, and we have been successful with the Porsche 911 GT3 R here in Suzuka, so we will aim for nothing short of the win here in Japan. The race will be quite exciting in the final hour with the sun going down and the teams dashing for the win, our goal is to be there in the end to fight for victory”

Kevin Estre
Driver #991 Craft-Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3 R

“It’s difficult to know expectations due to the weather, temperature and other variables but for sure we are planning a good result; with 3 factory drivers and a good effort from Craft Bamboo then we will try to win. Suzuka is one circuit I’ve always wanted to drive on. The Japanese fans are also very passionate and have a lot of respect. They always bring you model cars to sign, wearing crazy hats with racing cars on their heads. I really like this country so I’m looking forward to go there!”

Laurens Vanthoor
Driver #991 Craft-Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3 R

“The last time I was with the team was in Bathurst and we had a good experience. I know the team pretty well now and I think we can do well this weekend. Racing again with Kevin; we won Le Mans this year and think it is a promising weekend. A new and cool experience for me personally and looking forward to it!”

Mathieu Jaminet
Driver #991 Craft-Bamboo Racing Porsche GT3 R

“Of course I have high expectations for the weekend; we have a great team and driver line-up to compete. Race will be tough for the cars, tyres and drivers and we can expect high temperatures but I’m looking forward to race in such a mythical place like Suzuka. We are especially good on brakes, useful for overtaking people into the last chicane.”

Alexandre Gibot
Head of Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific

“We look forward to once again partner Craft-Bamboo Racing for this combined effort in the Suzuka 10 Hours. It will be the third time that we join forces with the team, having been with them for the 2017 Macau FIA GT World Cup and Bathurst 12 Hour earlier this year, and we are eager to achieve a strong result. In Laurens, Kevin and Mathieu they have a very strong and proven driver line-up, and the Porsche 911 GT3 R has been meticulously prepared ahead of what promises to be a competitive race. Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific will provide engineering and technical support on-site throughout the weekend, to ensure that Craft-Bamboo Racing can earn the best result.”

Source. Craft-Bamboo Racing


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