One of the strongest outfits in the Asian continent confirmed its program in the recently created Blancpain GT Series Asia, continuing its commitments with GT3 racing while including a GT4 entry in the mix.
Being an official Porsche representative in Asia since 2016, CRAFT Bamboo Racing just kept the pair of 911 GT3 R models used last year in GT Asia and in the FIA GT World Cup with them and simply added a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR to be able to aim for all titles possible in the championship.
The pairs of drivers for the Porsche 911 GT3 Rs are still up to guessing who will be in them, but not only the Cayman GT4 Clubsport drivers are confirmed, but they also are changing from other classes and have a wealth of experience in the sportscar racing world.
First is CRAFT Bamboo's star, Frank Yu, who downgrades to the GT4 class after many years dedicated almost entirely to GT3 racing, be it in sprint or endurance format. In fact Yu is returning to GT4 racing this year, as he had an experience with an Aston Martin Vantage GT4 some years ago, and he enjoyed his return to the class during the Dubai 24 Hours with the same Cayman GT4 Clubsport he will drive, although his Middle East adventure was with GDL Asia.
Yu's team mate will be Jean-Marc Merlin, a name that the dear reader will probably remember when associated with outfits like IMSA Performance and specially OAK Racing due to the time he spent with the two French teams. Merlin raced in GT3 cars sporadically in recent years, generally with CRAFT Bamboo, but even him can't ignore the fact that he is a prototype guy after all, and he pointed out that re-adapting to GT racing will be a challenge for him. His long time with powerful machinery will be pretty useful to bring the best out his new racecar.
The inaugural Blancpain GT Series Asia season starts on April 8th and 9th at Sepang, Malaysia.
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