British-based World Touring Car Championship regular Bamboo Engineering is to branch out into international single-seaters in 2013, having joined forces with GP3 Series team Atech Grand Prix.
The move, confirmed by GP3 Series organisers, will see the joint effort chase success in the F1 feeder category for an initial period of three years, covering the 2013-15 championships. The team will run under the Bamboo Engineering name and operate from its Silverstone Technology Park base.
“We are pleased to welcome Bamboo Engineering to GP3 Series,” championship CEO Bruno Michel said, “I believe they can form a very successful partnership with Atech Grand Prix, who have been a key part of GP3 since the inaugural season. I am sure with their experience they will be able to be on pace very quickly.”
Founded in 2009, Bamboo Engineering has become a regular in the WTCC, and recently confirmed an all-British line-up of Alex MacDowall and James Nash behind the wheel of its two Chevrolet Cruze contenders. The team will run its first GP3 session, using the new 2013 cars, between 20-22 February at the first official pre-season test of year, despite being yet to confirm the identity of any of its three drivers.
“We're thrilled to be competing in one of the world's finest single-seater formulas,” Bamboo CEO Richard Coleman commented, “Bamboo Engineering will be looking to make its mark and carve a strong reputation. We can't wait to get stuck in and make a real impact on our first season in the GP3 Series, with our racing pedigree we're well prepared to show just what Bamboo Engineering can do.”