Craft-Bamboo Racing, an official performance team of Mercedes-AMG, confirms entry of a 2 car line-up for the inaugural Asia GT Festival at the Sepang International Circuit as part of the opening 2 rounds of the 2019 China GT Championship season.
The #77 Craft-Bamboo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be driven by Malaysian star Jazeman Jaafar, alongside Frank Yu of Hong Kong, whom makes his debut in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 following the teams brand new partnership with the manufacturer.
Speaking about his drive with Craft-Bamboo Racing, Jazeman Jaafar: “I’m truly excited and honoured to be racing with one of Asia’s leading GT teams, Craft-Bamboo Racing. I’ll be partnering with team owner Frank Yu, who has a large amount of experience in sports car racing. The combination of having a top team and racing at home in the Asia GT Festival can only mean one thing: having a strong result. I’m looking forward to meeting and gelling with the team and cross-referencing into each other’s working methods racing at this level, and I’m looking forward to my home race.
I would like to thank Country Heights holdings, Goldenport Enterprises, Craft-Bamboo Racing and Mercedes-AMG for putting together this exciting program and giving me the opportunity to race in the most competitive environment in the Asia GT Festival, see you in Sepang!”
fter 2 seasons in GT4 competition, Yu made his recent return to GT3 racing in the 2019 24 hours of Dubai. The experienced team owner and race driver is relishing this opportunity to race at the Asia GT Festival, and to be partnered with local hero Jazeman Jaafar. “I’m really excited to be racing in the Asia GT Festival,” says Frank Yu. “As the last big event I participated in Malaysia was the KL City Grand Prix in 2015, which I won in the GT3 class. I’m also excited to partner with the local hero Jazeman Jaafar, and fight against the immensely professional grid. This round also marks the start of the China GT championship which we are trying to compete in for the full season. Also very excited to be driving the team’s brand new Mercedes-AMG GT3. The competition will be fierce, but we are confident that we will do a top job so let’s see.”
Jaafar brings with him a wealth of experience racing at the top levels of single seater, sports cars and prototypes, achieving success at every milestone to date. Jaafar whom was recently awarded the 2018 Malaysian International Driver of the year, will bring with him relevant experience, as he competed a strong season in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in 2016 finishing 2nd in his European GT3 campaign.
Alongside Jaafar and Yu, the #88 Craft-Bamboo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 will enter the event with the recently announced J-Fly Racing pairing of Belgian star Alessio Picariello and Jeffrey Lee of Taiwan. The pair will be aiming high for the weekend, as they have a close working relationship sharing driving duties on many occasions in the past.
With Jaafar and Yu in the #77, Lee and Picariello in the #88, Craft-Bamboo Racing has a formidable line-up for the first ever Asia GT Festival. Craft-Bamboo Racing are eager to get back on-track with the new cars on a competitive grid for what is shaping up to be a highlight of the 2019 China GT series.