Bamboo Engineering has announced plans to run a pair of new Chevrolet Cruzes in the 2014 World Touring Car Championship, having shelved its single-seater programme in GP3.
The Silverstone-based team has sold its GP3 team to Russian Time
in order to focus on its WTCC programme, where it will become the first customer to run the latest specification Cruze, currently being worked on by RML.
Bamboo has been a customer of RML since its formation in 2009, initially running a Lacetti in the British Touring Car Championship before moving up to the WTCC the following season – making the switch to the Cruze in 2011.
James Nash and Alex MacDowall are at the wheel of the two Bamboo cars this season, with Nash fourth overall in the standings having won twice the season and MacDowall currently eleventh.
“The WTCC is going through a big change for 2014 with the new regulations and the competition is increasing with the arrival of Citroen,” Bamboo boss Richard Coleman said. “We have decided not to continue in the GP3 series for next season and we can proud of our record there with fastest laps, podiums and a win bringing the fight to established teams
“We would like to thank GP3 and Bruno Michel for a fantastic season in GP3, we hope to be adding to our trophy collection in Abu Dhabi at the final race.
“We are now going all out to finish third in the this year's drivers' World Touring Car Championship, become independent world champions and finish second in the teams trophy. This for a team of our size and budget will be a major achievement.”
News of the Bamboo entry for 2014 means at least four marques will now be represented by the latest specification of car, with factory entries from Citroen, Honda and LADA already in place.