Two Chevrolets To Race In the 2010 WTCC Independents' Trophy
Darryl O'Young, First Chinese Driver Ever To Take Part In A Full WTCC Campaign
WELLINGBOROUGH / ZURICH, 4th February 2010 - Alongside the Cruzes of Rob Huff, Alain Menu and Yvan Muller, there will be two more Chevrolets competing full-time in the World Touring Car Championship. Bamboo Engineering from England today announced that it will campaign two ex-factory Lacettis in this year's WTCC Independents' Trophy. The Newcastle-upon-Tyne squad, which successfully fielded Chevrolet cars in both the British and European Touring Car championships last year, has retained as drivers Harry Vaulkhard and Darryl O'Young, who will be the first Chinese driver ever to take part in a full WTCC season.
Darryl O'Young, a 29-year-old professional driver living in Hong-Kong, comes from GT racing, where he has won twice the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and three times the Macau GT Grand Prix. He has also taken part in the FIA-GT and in endurance races such as the Le Mans and Spa- Francorchamps 24 Hours.
Harry Vaulkhard, 24-years old from Britain, has been a front-runner in the BTCC the last two seasons, after winning the Seat Cupra Cup in 2007.
Richard Coleman (Bamboo Engineering): "We are sad to be leaving the BTCC, but this was too good an opportunity to miss. We have a great driver line up: Harry showed last year in the BTCC and in the ETCC what he can achieve and I see no reason why he cannot build on that. Darryl is a huge talent, and has been very highly recommended from big names in sports cars. Once adapted to front wheel drive I expect him to be a regular podium contender in the Independent' Trophy."
Darryl O'Young: "To be competing in a FIA World Championship has been one of my targets for many years now, so to be able to enter the WTCC is an amazing opportunity. The calendar looks really great, especially that it ends in China at the Macau Grand Prix which will give my fans back home something to cheer for!"
Harry Vaulkhard: "The WTCC is where I've always aspired to be some day but to be honest this has come sooner than I expected. I have learnt so much in 2009, I am really confident I can get some great results in 2010".
Eric Nève: "This is the first time we will see two Chevrolets competing full-time in the Independents' Trophy, and we warmly welcome this development, as it demonstrates the level of confidence that top independent teams such as Bamboo have in our products and racing services. We will follow closely the campaign of Bamboo and wish them all the best".