The Bamboo GP3 team arrived at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain for the next round of the GP3 championship after their points scoring weekend in Barcelona. Fresh from pre-race testing in Budapest the Bamboo Team were keen to get the cars round the 4km technical Ricardo circuit.
Bamboo had a fantastic test in Budapest, showing really pace with the Bamboo drivers setting fastest laps and Lewis Williamson setting the fastest lap in the afternoon session of the first day.
Qualifying session saw the drivers all set blistering split times but the heavy traffic affected their chances to get the quick overall lap time, resulting in the cars qualifying 12th, 23rd and 27th.
There was disappointment for Williamson with a Steward call taking his 11th position to 27th after finding the high roll back calliper seals didn’t comply with standards.
Race 1 saw the drivers frustrated with very little room for overtaking on the narrow twisted Ricardo Tormo circuit. An incident at turn 2 took off two of the front runners. Carmen Jorda was also pushing hard but spun on lap 2 taking her out of the race.
The remaining Bamboo drivers pushed on managing their tyres with McKee taking P11 from Niederhauser on the final laps, Williamson improved his 27th grid position to finish 19th.
Race 2 started under record track temperatures of 61 degrees set to push the tyre performance to the max. Early retirement of 3 of the leading cars due to transmission issues improved overall grid positions.
The heat struck McKee's tyres with the rears blistering making it impossible to maintain his grid position, he pitted with a rapid swap onto a set used set of tyres, and then showing the great potential of the Bamboo GP3 team he set the fastest lap by 4 tenths of a second. The Bamboo cars of Williamson and Jorda finished 17th and 21st respectively.
Richard Coleman, Chief Executive – Bamboo Engineering, “The Bamboo GP3 team had a positive test in Budapest and brought a very fast car to Valencia, we just need some luck on our side to start playing for the top grid positions, so its all to play for at the next round”