Aidan Read will switch to Craft-Bamboo Racing and Porsche for an assault of this year’s Blancpain GT Series Asia crown.
It will be the 18-year-old Australian’s second season in the championship after finishing eighth in 2017’s GT3 standings while driving a FFF Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan.
Read has already tested the team’s Porsche 991 GT3 R at Sepang ahead of the season-opening round at the same Malaysian venue on April 14/15.
"I cannot wait to get started,” said Read. “Craft-Bamboo are an exceptionally professional outfit with a history and reputation for winning across a multitude of racing categories and were formidable competitors in the Blancpain GT Series Asia last year.
“I have already had the opportunity to sample the Porsche 991 GT3 R in testing at Sepang and have to say I was very impressed and felt immediately at home in the car, which bodes well for a successful season.”
The Porsche, one of two 991 GT3 Rs entered by Craft-Bamboo this year, features an updated ‘Evo’ kit for the forthcoming campaign, which the team hopes will help bolster its chances further following a first pole position and victory in 2017.
“We were very excited at the prospect of signing Aidan over the winter, and after the test in Sepang, he showed how quickly he could adapt to the Porsche and how much serious potential he has,” said Craft-Bamboo team director Darryl O’Young.
“He’s fast, technical, humble, and mature, all the qualities we look for in our drivers. We can’t wait to get to work with Aidan and get the season underway in April. We have seen the speed of the Porsche and expect a competitive season ahead with a driver of Aidan’s calibre.”
Craft-Bamboo will also defend its GT4 title with a single Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR.