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Bamboo to take on the world
4 February 2010
Bamboo Engineering has revealed that it will move to the World Touring Car Championship for the 2010 season.
The team, which was only formed mid-way through the 2009 campaign, will make the step up from the BTCC to become the first privateer Chevrolet team to commit to a full WTCC season.
Harry Vaulkhard will make the move with the team after two seasons in the BTCC, while the sister Chevrolet Lacetti will be driven by Darryl O'Young - who becomes the first Chinese driver to contest a full WTCC season.
“We are sad to be leaving the BTCC, but this was too good an opportunity to miss," team boss Richard Coleman said. "We have a great driver line up. Harry showed last year in the BTCC and in the ETCC what he can achieve and I see no reason why he cannot build on that.
"Darryl is a huge talent, and has been very highly recommended from big names in sports cars. Once adapted to front wheel drive I expect him to be a regular podium contender in the Independent' Trophy.”
Vaulkhard added that his dream had always been to move into the WTCC arena and that he was confident of a strong showing in his debut season.
“The WTCC is where I've always aspired to be some day but to be honest this has come sooner than I expected," he said. "I have learnt so much in 2009, I am really confident I can get some great results in 2010.”