Craft-Bamboo Racing has named Sandy Stuvik and Shae Davies as one of its two driver crews for the upcoming Blancpain GT Series Asia season, which begins at Sepang in Malaysia on April 14/15.
The Silver Cup-entered Thai-Australian pairing will race Craft-Bamboo’s #911 Porsche 991 GT3 R, which claimed its first series victory at Shanghai last year.
2018 sees former single-seater champion Stuvik switch teams and cars after previously taking VSR’s Lamborghini Huracan to sixth in 2017’s overall GT3 standings courtesy of a pole position and podium.
“I'm delighted to be joining Craft-Bamboo Racing this year in their Porsche 911 GT3 R,” he said. “I look forward to getting to work with the team and learning about the Porsche. This season we are setting our sights on the championship, and I believe the whole Craft-Bamboo Racing line-up will work well together to achieve this goal. Thank you to my sponsors for the opportunity of continuing my racing career.”
Stuvik is joined by series newcomer and 27-year-old Davies, who has spent several seasons contesting both his native Porsche Carrera Cup and V8 Supercar championships, the second tier of which he won in 2013.
“I am very excited to be joining Craft-Bamboo Racing for the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Asia,” he said. “I have followed Craft-Bamboo for many years, way back to their Aston Martin days and I have always admired them. So, to be lining up on the grid in one of their immaculate Porsche 911 GT3 Rs is a dream come true for me.
“I believe the #911 combination of Sandy and myself will turn some heads in the early stages of the season and will hopefully launch a championship challenge. The car has some great speed and I’m looking forward to maximising that, starting off straight away in Sepang.”
The Hong Kong-based team begins its third season as Porsche Motorsport’s official Asia Pacific technical partner with an updated 991 GT3 R. The 2018 EVO kit has made improvements to the front aerodynamics thanks to a re-designed bonnet and new front canards.
“Last season we made massive progress with the Porsche 911 GT3 R's performance, so we focused on driver stability over the winter,” said team director Darryl O’Young. “I’m really pleased to have signed two strong drivers such as Shae and Sandy for the 2018 season in the #911. They both have great experience as well as the speed to back it up.
“Shae has several years of Porsche experience in the Carrera Cup Australia and he was very impressive in his first test in a GT3 R in January. Sandy has top level European experience and a full season of Blancpain GT Series Asia already under his belt where he scored some top results. I expect the two to be competitive straight away and our team will focus on giving them the car to fight for the overall title.”