Bamboo Engineering

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Bamboo Engineering
Bamboo Engineering
Motor racing team
Founded 2009
Country  United Kingdom
Team Principal(s) Richard Coleman
Current series WTCC
GP3 Series
Former series BTCC
Drivers WTCC
9. Alex MacDowall
14. James Nash

GP3 Series
20. Lewis Williamson
21. Melville McKee
22. Carmen Jordá
Drivers' titles 2013 Ind. WTCC (Nash)
Teams' titles

Bamboo Engineering is a British auto racing team based in Silverstone, Northamptonshire and founded by Richard Coleman and Nigel Vaulkhard. The team formerly competed in the World Touring Car Championship and the GP3 Series.

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Chevrolet Lacetti (2009)[edit]

The team was formed in July 2009 following the departure of team director Richard Coleman from Tempus Sport. Bamboo ran former Tempus driver Harry Vaulkhard in the 2009 British Touring Car Championship season.[1]

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

Chevrolet Lacetti (2010–2011)[edit]

In 2010 the team entered the World Touring Car Championship, initially with Vaulkhard and Darryl O'Young as drivers.[2] Vaulkhard took the teams maiden WTCC Independents victory at 2010 FIA WTCC Race of Italy.[3] O'Young followed that up with the first ever victory for a Chinese driver in an FIA event at the 2010 FIA WTCC Race of Portugal;[4] which he followed up with victories in Rounds 13 & 14 in Brno, earning the team's first pole position after finishing 8th in race 1 to secure reverse grid role for race 2. O'Young was later given a 30-second time penalty in race one, demoting him down the field and stripping him of his victory.[5] Funding issues saw Vaulkard's season cut short[6] and Yukinori Taniguchi stepped in to replace him for the latter part of the season. He claimed a class victory in the first race at his home event in Japan, and that success was quickly followed up with a victory for O'Young in the second[7] At the end of their debut season the team claimed second place in the Yokohama Teams' Trophy standings.[8]

Bamboo retained O'Young and Taniguchi for the 2011 season, continuing with the Chevrolet Lacetti for the 2011 FIA WTCC Race of Brazil.[9]

Chevrolet Cruze (2011–2013)[edit]

The team switched to the Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T for 2011 FIA WTCC Race of Belgium, replacing the Chevrolet Lacettis they ran in the opening round.[10] O'Young took the Yokohama Drivers' Trophy victory in race two. That was to be the only independent victory for the team in 2011, the team ended the year fifth in the Yokohama Teams' Trophy standings.

For 2012 the team had agreed a deal with RML Group which would see them run the same specification of car as the factory Chevrolet team.[11] They signed former BTCC driver Alex MacDowall and Formula Renault 3.5 race winner Pasquale di Sabatino in an all–rookie lineup.[12] The team left the opening round of the season at Monza with MacDowall tied at the top of the Independent Drivers' Trophy with Stefano D'Aste and Pepe Oriola. MacDowall was the fastest independent driver in qualifying for the Race of Austria and took his first WTCC independent victory in race one, the first of the season for Bamboo. For the Race of Brazil, di Sabatino was recovering from bronchitis and pneumonia was ruled out of competing by doctors with Michel Nykjær substituting for the Italian driver for the weekend.[13] Nykjær took the independents' pole position and then the independents' win in race one by finishing in fifth place. The team signed Robb Holland to race their second car at the Race of the United States.[14] O'Young returned to the team for the Race of Japan for the remainder of the season.[15] MacDowall finished fifth in race one having started on the second row of the grid to take the independent drivers' victory. Both drivers were involved in a first lap pileup at the Race of China in race one with both drivers eventually retiring due to race incidents.[16] The team went to the season finale in Macau with a slim chance for MacDowall to take the independent drivers' title. The weekend got off to a bad start when O'Young collided head on the barriers at the Mandarin Oriental corner in Thursday testing.[17] O'Young took the independents' pole position in qualifying and then the independents' victory in race one after being the last car to escape the pileup at the Lisboa corner.[18] MacDowall starting from pole position in race two was quickly passed by Norbert Michelisz at the start. He retook the leader later on but then the pair of them were passed by the works Chevrolet of Alain Menu. MacDowall's race ended when he was tapped from behind by Yvan Muller and collided head–on with the barriers on the exit of the high speed Mandarin bend. O'Young took his second independents' victory of the weekend.[19]

Bamboo engineering stayed in the WTCC for the 2013 season with James Nash joining from Team Aon.[20] The team retained MacDowall in their second car.[21] The team left the Race of Italy with MacDowall having claimed his first overall podium result and Nash leading the independent drivers' trophy, the team were second in the teams' trophy behind RML. Nash secured his first podium finish at the Race of Morocco in race one when he finished third.[22] Nash took the independent driver's victory in race two, the two Bamboo drivers then shared the independent victories at the Race of Slovakia. Bamboo took their first overall victory in the WTCC at the Race of Austria when Nash held off the advances of Yvan Muller in the final laps of race two to finish on the top step of the podium having started from pole position.[23]

GP3 Series[edit]

In 2013, Bamboo joined the GP3 Series as the replacement for Atech CRS Grand Prix.[24] After testing with the team at the Autódromo do Estoril, Venezuelan Roberto La Rocca became the first driver to join the team.[25] Following the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez and the changing political situation in the country, La Rocca was forced to exit the team and he was replaced by Carmen Jordá.[26] The team signed British drivers Melville McKee[27] and Lewis Williamson to drive their other two cars.[28]


World Touring Car Championship[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.L. Points D.C. T.C.
2010 Chevrolet Lacetti Hong Kong Darryl O'Young 22 0 0 0 15 15th 2nd
Japan Yukinori Taniguchi 8 0 0 0 4 18th
United Kingdom Harry Vaulkhard 14 0 0 0 1 21st
2011 Chevrolet Lacetti
Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T
Hong Kong Darryl O'Young 24 0 0 0 43 14th 5th
Japan Yukinori Taniguchi 21 0 0 0 6 20th
2012 Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T United Kingdom Alex MacDowall 24 0 0 0 68 11th 4th
Hong Kong Darryl O'Young 8 0 0 0 37 14th
Denmark Michel Nykjær 2 0 0 0 20 16th
Italy Pasquale di Sabatino 16 0 0 0 0 NC
United States Robb Holland 2 0 0 0 0 NC
2013 Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T United Kingdom Alex MacDowall 24 0 0 2 141 11th 2nd
United Kingdom James Nash 24 2 0 0 223 3rd


  1. ^ Vaulkhard to race for new team
  2. ^ Bamboo Engineering step up to the WTCC
  3. ^ Harry's Monza Magic
  4. ^ão Podiums aplenty in Portimão
  5. ^ Darryl Czechs Box for Pole at Brno
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  9. ^ Hudson, Neil (7 March 2011). "Bamboo confirm O’Young and Taniguchi". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Allen, Peter (20 April 2011). "Bamboo Make Turbo Cruze Switch For Zolder". The Checkered Flag (BlackEagleMedia Network). Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Freeman, Glenn (30 January 2012). "Bamboo to run works-spec Cruzes in the WTCC". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Hudson, Neil (27 February 2012). "Bamboo confirm Pasquale Di Sabatino and Alex MacDowall". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Hudson, Neil (19 July 2012). "Michel Nykjaer to replace Di Sabatino in Brazil". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Mills, Peter. "Sonoma WTCC: Robb Holland joins Bamboo Chevrolet line-up". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  15. ^ Meissner, Johan (10 October 2012). "Darryl O'Young returns to Bamboo Engineering". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "RACE 1 – MENU-HUFF 1 AND 2, MULLER IS OFF". World Touring Car Championship (Kigema Sport Organisation). 4 November 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "MONTEIRO TOPS THE FIRST SESSION IN MACAU". World Touring Car Championship (Kigema Sport Organisation). 15 November 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  18. ^ Mills, Peter (18 November 2012). "Yvan Muller beats Alain Menu as Rob Huff crashes". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  19. ^ Mills, Peter (18 November 2012). "Rob Huff is champion despite Alain Menu winning finale". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  20. ^ Mills, Peter (5 December 2012). "James Nash to drive for Bamboo in 2013 WTCC season". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  21. ^ Hudson, Neil (14 February 2013). "Alex MacDowall returns with Bamboo for 2013 season". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  22. ^ Tremayne, Sam (7 April 2013). "Marrakech WTCC: Nykjaer takes maiden victory in race one". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  23. ^ Tremayne, Sam (19 May 2013). "Salzburgring WTCC: Nash snatches first WTCC victory". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  24. ^ "Atech Grand Prix becomes Bamboo Engineering". GP3 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 18 February 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  25. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (21 February 2013). "Roberto la Rocca becomes first Bamboo driver in GP3". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  26. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (12 March 2013). "Carmen Jorda replaces Roberto la Rocca in Bamboo GP3 team". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  27. ^ "Bamboo signs Melville McKee". (GP2 Series Ltd.). 26 April 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  28. ^ "Lewis Williamson signs for Bamboo Engineering GP3". GP3 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 2 May 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 

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