Craft-Bamboo Racing joined the Thailand Super Series GT3 grid for the first round of 2024 in Buriram. The team does not currently have a season-long plan, but it is keen to put one together.

By Steven Walton

Craft-Bamboo Racing entered a Mercedes AMG GT3 car in Buriram with an all-bronze driver pairing of Jeffrey Lee and Cao Qi.

Unfortunately, the team did not have the best weekend results-wise. Their car retired from the first race on Saturday and did not start in the second race the next day.

Still, the weekend was a chance for Lee and Cao to get their eye in at Buriram. Both drivers will race at the Thai track again next weekend for the second round of GT World Challenge Asia.

Craft-Bamboo Racing head of operations Kirby Nankivell told Asian Motorsport the team has wanted to race in the Thailand Super Series for some time.

“We had a sort of tentative plan to get into it pre-Covid and that didn’t happen for obvious reasons,” he said.

“We did one of the rounds at Singapore F1 a couple years back and we’ve been really keen and this year we put a bit of effort into making it to the series.”

Nankivell said Craft-Bamboo Racing did not yet have a season-long plan for Thailand Super Series, but they were keen to put one together.

“At this point, turn up to round one, get to know everyone, have a bit of a look around, get a feel out for the competition and hopefully come back for the remaining rounds,” he said.

“We’re focused on growth and joining series that are appropriate to us and Thai Super Series is definitely on the radar. If we don’t do the full season this year, I look forward to 25’.”

Nankivell, who is from Australia, said the Thailand Super Series reminded him of grassroots Australian motorsport.

“There’s all the different tiers, there’s a lot of people that just love racing and definitely the quality of the competition has been moving up, the delivery from the event itself is really going to strength-to-strength,” he said.

“In terms of an event, it’s very nice, it’s good straightforward racing and the guys, the drivers enjoy it and I think in the world of sportscars we all want to go and enjoy the racing we’re doing and I think that’s easy at Thai Super Series.”

Craft-Bamboo Racing is a very well-known race team in the Asian region. This year, the team has two cars entered in GT World Challenge Asia and they will also race in Japan’s Super Taikyu series.

Header image credit: Thailand Super Series

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