Craft-Bamboo to Return to WTCC with Gregoire Demoustier

Bamboo - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC

Craft-Bamboo Racing will return to the World Touring Car Championship in 2015, with French driver Gregoire Demoustier making the switch from GTs in a Chevrolet Cruze.

Prior to merging with Asian Aston Martin GT squad Craft, British outfit Bamboo competed in the WTCC between 2010 and 2013 with Chevrolets.

James Nash finished third in the 2013 standings for the team, winning two races outright and the Yokohama Trophy for independents.

The team will now reunite with the Chevrolet brand and with RML, who build the Cruze TC1 cars used in the WTCC.

Gianni Morbidelli and Tom Chilton both won races with the model in 2014, and Craft-Bamboo have ordered a new car that should be ready in time for the opening round in Argentina on 8 March.

Demoustier, who will turn 24 later in January, has competed in GT racing since 2010 and has mostly raced McLarens for the past few seasons, most notably in the Blancpain Endurance Series for ART Grand Prix, winning the 2014 season opener at Monza alongside Alvaro Parente and Alexandre Premat.

Craft-Bamboo Racing CEO Richard Coleman is pleased to be leading his team back to the WTCC.

“I’m delighted to announce our return to the WTCC and to be working with Gregoire,” said Coleman.

“We are limited in our preparation time but I hope to be in good shape for Argentina.

“I am very happy to renew our relationship with RML. We are only down the road from each other and have had five years working together in touring cars in the past.  

“We are still working hard on a second car and hope to expand the line up.”

Demoustier said he was pleased to be entering the series with a team with previous success.

“I am very happy to be joining the WTCC,” he said.

“Craft-Bamboo Racing have been an excellent team in the past and I am really looking forward to working with them and learning the car. The first season will be a steep learning curve but I am sure we will achieve some good results.”

Series chief Francois Ribeiro has commented on the return of the team and the arrival of Demousiter.

“Eurosport Events is delighted to see Craft-Bamboo Racing coming back to WTCC,” said Ribeiro.

“Their track-record in the championship speaks for itself and we never stayed too far away from Richard since the end of 2013.

“Given Gregoire’s GT background at ART, we are certain he will feel comfortable at Craft-Bamboo Racing. We look forward to see him on the grid and welcome him into WTCC.”