Bamboo Engineering links up with Aston Martin for 2014 WEC

The Bamboo Engineering touring car squad has forged a relationship with Aston Martin Racing for an attack on this year's World Endurance Championship

Bamboo Engineering links up with Aston Martin for 2014 WEC

The link will result in former Bamboo World Touring Car Championship drivers Darryl O'Young and Alex MacDowall racing the second GTE Pro class Aston Martin Vantage GTE in all eight WEC races.

The third driver will be Brazilian Fernando Rees, who moves up to the Pro class after two years racing with the Larbre Competition Chevrolet team in GTE Am.

The announcement follows this week's confirmation that Bamboo will not be continuing as planned in the WTCC with a pair of Chevrolet Cruzes.

Bamboo team boss Richard Coleman said: "This is a really prestigious programme for the company, a great engineering challenge that we all will relish.

"I am delighted to work with Alex and Darryl again, and we are looking forward to racing with Fernando."

Bamboo had considered running an Aston Martin itself and undertook a fact-finding mission to last year's WEC finale in Bahrain in November.

The relationship for this year is understood to be largely commercial, although Bamboo will be supplying some technical staff.

Aston's lead Pro class Vantage will again be shared by team stalwarts Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke.

Senna reduces Aston GT programme

The Young Driver squad will continue its relationship with AMR and field an all-Danish driver line-up in all eight WEC races.

David Heinemeier Hansson is moving over from the LMP2 ranks, where he finished second in the points with OAK Racing last year, to contest the full season with Kristian Poulsen.

Nicki Thiim, who joined the team after the death of Allan Simonsen at Le Mans last year, will race at the Silverstone opener in April and in the 24 Hours.

Young Driver regular Christoffer Nygaard will join Heinemeier Hansson and Poulsen for the remaining six races.

EIGHT SEATS STILL TO FILL

Aston still has up to eight seats to fill across its full WEC and Le Mans entries, including the Hong Kong-based Craft Racing squad's Am car for the 24 Hours.

Canadian Paul Dalla Lana is the only confirmed driver in the second full-season GTE Am entry.

Richie Stanaway, who is listed as the driver of the extra Am entry for Le Mans, appears set to land a full programme with AMR in 2014.

Pedro Lamy is also likely to race in the WEC after being confirmed for AMR's assault on the Nurburgring 24 Hours in a Vantage V12 shared with Turner and Mucke.

AMR also tested former grand prix driver Karun Chandhok at the Algarve circuit last week, when MacDowall, O'Young and Rees all drove.

Other drivers to test in Portugal included British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan.

A factory Vantage V12 will again be entered in the Silverstone round of the Blancpain Endurance Series in May and there will be a factory-supported car at the Spa 24 Hours round of the series in July.

ASTON MARTIN 2014 SEASON LAUNCH VIDEO:

shares
comments
Richard Bradley to make Le Mans debut as part of KCMG WEC assault

Previous article

Richard Bradley to make Le Mans debut as part of KCMG WEC assault

Next article

Wolfgang Reip gets second Nissan ZEOD Le Mans 24 Hours seat

Wolfgang Reip gets second Nissan ZEOD Le Mans 24 Hours seat
Load comments
Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood Plus

Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights

Le Mans
Oct 16, 2021
The standout memories of Le Mans 2021 Plus

The standout memories of Le Mans 2021

OPINION: With four of the five Hypercar entries unproven in a 24-hour race, it would not have been unexpected for at least one of them to suffer serious reliability trouble. That they all managed to make it through the race relatively unscathed, says GARY WATKINS, was something of a surprise.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked Plus

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks Plus

How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks

The screaming rotary-engined Mazda 787 is regarded as one of the most popular Le Mans 24 Hours-winning cars, but until its surprise success on this day 30 years ago it was never regarded as a likely victor. But that reckoned without a new technical partner, some canny political manoeuvring and a rival's bizarre self-inflicted weakness

WEC
Aug 22, 2021
Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse? Plus

Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse?

One Toyota, normally with the number 7 on the side, always seems to attract the bad luck in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez are hoping for a change in fortune this time around, but face significantly more unknowns than in recent years

Le Mans
Aug 19, 2021
Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow Plus

Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow

Many were quick to dismiss Glickenhaus when the boutique American sportscar firm's entry into the top class of the Le Mans 24 Hours was announced. It's all-new LMH racer, powered by an engine built by a rally specialist, goes in as the underdog against Toyota but the mathematical odds suggest that it has more than just a faint hope of success

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021
The Asian underdog taking on the mighty GT factories at Le Mans Plus

The Asian underdog taking on the mighty GT factories at Le Mans

The rising HubAuto team steps up to GTE Pro at Le Mans this year for an ambitious bid to take on the three works giants – and has every reason to be optimistic of achieving its goal in becoming the first privateer on the podium since 2016

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021
How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car Plus

How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car

The JW Automotive Engineering team won twice at the Le Mans 24 Hours with ageing Fords and were considered heavy favourites to add more victories to its tally after partnering with Porsche. But despite being armed with the all-conquering 917, this formidable combination was never as successful in real life as on the big screen

Le Mans
Aug 14, 2021