Bamboo Engineering have announced their plans to leave BTCC and head to WTCC in 2010.
Earlier this week there was some speculation after the Bamboo website briefly displayed an announcement telling the public they were working on a new WTCC site and todays announcement confirms these rumours.
Taking lead driver Harry Vaulkhard with them the team will enter a pair of Chevrolet Lacetti’s with Darryl O’Young taking the wheel of the second car.
“The WTCC is where I’ve always aspired to be” said Vaulkhard, whose season will be kicking off in Brazil next month.
“We are sad to be leaving the BTCC” said Team Principal Richard Coleman, “But this was too good an opportunity to miss.
“We have a great driver line up; Harry had the measure of Michel Nykjaer, Franz Engstler, and others at the ETCC so 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 he will be a regular podium contender in the Independents.”
Vaulkhard was happy to be able to announce his plans for this year, “I am glad to have everything sorted for 2010 and with my first choice of team, Bamboo.
“I'm sad to leave the BTCC and will miss the amazing fans, but career wise I am still learning and have a fantastic opportunity in front of me. The WTCC is where I’ve always aspired to be some day but to be honest this has come sooner than I expected. I have learnt so much in 2009, I am really confident I can get some great results in 2010.”
Joining the Brit for 2010 will be 29-year-old Canadian born Darryl O’Young, whose past experience lies in rear-wheel drive Porsche’s.
“I am really looking forward to the challenge, the WTCC is a great series and I am proud to join Bamboo Engineering. We can't wait to get started in Brazil, the Chevrolet has a great WTCC pedigree and I'm sure we can challenge at every event.”