Team Craft-Bamboo Lukoil is proud to announce Sergey Afanasyev as one of three drivers that will be contesting the new TCR International Series. The 26 year old from Moscow, Russia, is a championship winning multi-discipline race driver who began his career with LUKOIL in Formula Russia in 2003. His first season was a success, taking three wins and scoring the championship in his first year of professional racing.

Afanasyev progressed through various single-seater series, culminating in reaching the FIA Formula Two Championship where his success with LUKOIL continued. Afanasyev scored a total of four podiums in his inaugural season which secured him a third place in the championship. Afanasyev and LUKOIL made the change from open wheelers to the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2012 and scored a championship win in the Pro-Am division for 2013 and second overall in 2014.

Speaking about his entry to the new series, Afanasyev is upbeat. “The TCR International Series is a new challenge for me and I’m looking forward to the season. We conducted several tests, in which I learned the car. The new SEAT Leon is very different from GT cars, but I did not have any problem adapting.  Lukoil has a successful experience of competing with SEAT’s, so it didn’t take long to adapt the knowledge and experience to the new generation SEAT Leon.”

Sergey Afanasyev and LUKOIL will once again be teaming up, this time to challenge for both the team and driver’s championship in the new TCR International Series. Afanasyev has completed four successful days of testing at Valencia and Barcelona with the SEAT Leon, with the test allowing the driver to familiarize himself with the car and adapt to front wheel drive.

Craft-Bamboo Racing CEO Richard Coleman welcomes the Russian talent and thinks he can produce positive results on the track. “I am delighted to welcome Sergey to the team, he is a true professional and has already been adapting well to front wheel drive racing.   I am sure that he will achieve success this season, he has impressed in his attitude and shown very good pace in testing.”

Head of LUKOIL Evgeny Malinovskiy believes they could win the championship. “I am pleased to present our international project for 2015 with Craft-Bamboo Racing.  We decided to combine the efforts of two successful teams to conquer another challenge.  In 2013 LUKOIL won the FIA World Touring Car Championship Title with Yvan Muller.  In 2012, LUKOIL won the WTCC Independent team title and Craft-Bamboo Racing won it in 2013. I believe that in the debut season for us in the TCR International, we will also be able to fight for the championship.  From my point of view, the international series TCR one of the best championships for private teams.”

The pursuit of the inaugural TCR international title would not be possible without the support of LUKOIL, Gravity, Team Dynamics and Orangebus.

Ben Potter

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