The Bamboo GP3 team have completed their maiden race weekend at the Circuit de Cataluña in Barcelona and leave the Spanish circuit in the points and with plenty of knowledge after an educating and eventful weekend.
Qualifying didn’t go all Bamboo’s way as they made a strategic decision to save tyres in practice and hence didn’t perfect their qualifying setup on new tyres and ended up with their cars out of position in 17th, 21st and 26th. Race 1 saw all 3 Bamboo drivers with a mountain to climb but, as per the weekends plan, the cars came into their own after lap 5 seeing them record some blistering lap times on track.
This was illustrated by Lewis Williamsons charge from 17th to finish 11th and Melville McKee, who got shoved back to 25th at the start, surging forward to finish 14th. Carmen Jorda also showed pace by climbing from 26th to 22nd, much to the appreciation of her home crowd.
Race 2 represented a big opportunity for Bamboo, Melville McKee was the only car to start on new tyres, and with the worn tyres costing people up to 5 seconds a lap, Melville was rightly optimistic until a collision on lap 1 with another car saw the rear suspension break and put Melville out.
Lewis also started on great tyres and surged up the field gaining 10 grid positions to finish 7th and record the first points for the team. Carmen Jorda also had a strong race, making great personal improvements to run with the pack and climb the field from 26th to finish 19th.
Richard Coleman, Chief Executive - Bamboo Engineering, “We made a strategic call to not carry over tyres from testing that cost us in qualifying but we delivered well in the race and this revealed what a great package we have for this season.
We have learnt a great deal this weekend and can’t wait to apply it in testing in Budapest and in our next race weekend in Valencia.”
The Bamboo GP3 team is back on action on the next race weekend on 15th/16th June in Valencia, Spain.