Craft-Bamboo Racing looking to take back championship lead in Shanghai

The #88 Interush pair of, Richard Lyons and Frank Yu, are focused on another successful weekend at the Shanghai International Circuit.

The GT Asia Series has reached Shanghai for rounds eight and nine of the season where Craft-Bamboo Racing will take on the gird once again with their pair of Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3s. After an incredible battle during the Sepang Three Hour, #99 driver, Darryl O’Young, has the sole intention of taking the drivers’ lead by the end of the weekend alongside teammate, Daniel Lloyd, who has proved to be a skilled and fast partner. The #88 Interush pair of, Richard Lyons and Frank Yu, are focused on another successful weekend at the Shanghai International Circuit, attempting to build on the podiums that they enjoyed together in 2014.

Maximum attack until the season end!!

Richard Lyons

After an intense Sepang Three hour, the #99 Aston Martin of, Darryl O’Young and Daniel Lloyd, claimed a hard fought third place, which moved, O’Young, into the third spot in the drivers’ championship. The first three places on the leaderboard are now separated by only four points, making the race in Shanghai crucial to, O’Young’s, championship aspirations.

Newcomer, Lloyd, enjoyed a successful GT Asia debut in Sepang, setting the fastest time in qualifying, which helped the #99 pair claim pole position. Lloyd will be hoping to repeat the level of performance that he showed in the previous round, aiming once more to take pole position in the second qualifying session. The #99 crew are firmly focused on fighting for victory in both races to ensure that Craft-Bamboo Racing can take the lead in the driver’s championship.

Richard Lyons and Frank Yu, also proved that they had the performance to challenge the rest of the grid at Sepang, claiming P3 overall from qualifying. Having raced at the Shanghai International Circuit together last year, the pair scored a podium in each race and they will be using this experience to their advantage. After a tough season so far, both #88 drivers are motivated to bounce back this weekend and will be focusing on another good qualifying session to give them a good chance at taking the victory they just missed out on last year.

Practice for rounds eight and nine of the GT Asia Series will begin on Friday, September 25th. Qualifying one will be held on Friday, September 25th
, 14:20-14:35, with qualifying two running from 14:45-15:00. Race one will be held on Saturday from 12:00-13:00 (local time GMT +8) Race two will be held on Sunday 16:45-17:45.

#88 Interush Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3

Richard Lyons, Driver: "Coming to the final two race weekends we now have to change our tactics a little. We'll be only looking for podium finishes from this point onwards and Shanghai proved to suit our package last year. Maximum attack until the season end!!"

Frank Yu, Driver: “I scored a podium in both races with Richard last year in Shanghai, so we will be looking to replicate this success once again. Both of us have good knowledge of the track and will be applying this in our qualifying sessions. If we can start up the front we have a good chance at coming away with some good results.”

#99 VLT Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3

Darryl O’Young, Driver: "We're heading into the final two rounds of the season and every single point is going to count. We only trail the championship lead by four points and I am confident we can claw back into the lead of the series. It will require team work and focus, but Craft-Bamboo Racing are a dedicated bunch and I have full confidence in our team to give it their all."

Daniel Lloyd, Driver: “Really looking forward to the Shanghai round next weekend, I will go into this round a lot more relaxed now that I know the team and Darryl. Sepang went really well but we are now four points behind, so there is some hard work to do for the remaining rounds of the season. It is another new circuit for me but I have been putting in a lot of effort to get prepared. I think we will be strong again, we need to keep out of trouble and focus on the championship.”

Richard Coleman, CEO of Craft-Bamboo Racing: “The aim is for Craft-Bamboo Racing to take the lead in the drivers’ championship and with it being the penultimate round of the championship it will be very important to remain consistent and collect as many points as possible. The team has done an excellent job so far this season and they are focused on taking home some top results this weekend.”

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Series GT , Asian GT
Drivers Richard Lyons , Darryl O'Young , Frank Yu
Teams Craft Bamboo Racing
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