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Craft RacingIt was a magical day for Hong Kong racing team Craft Racing AMR as their #007 entry crossed the finish line at the Sepang International Circuit to grab the final podium position at the Asian Le Mans Series season finale. The points haul was enough for Craft Racing to secure 2nd place in the GTC class and claim the coveted invitation to the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.

Craft Racing entered two Aston Martin Vantage GT3’s in the Asian Le Mans Series this past weekend, the first time to line-up on the grid with two cars this season. The #009 entry of Darryl O’Young, Frank Yu, and Tomonobu Fujii started P2, followed closely by the #007 of Stefan Mücke and Keita Sawa starting P3 on the grid for the 3 hour endurance race.

When the green flag dropped, both cars made strong starts and after two turns, the starting drivers of Mucke and O’Young emerged in 1st and 2nd in the class. The pair extended their lead pulling over 20 seconds away from the field before the first round of pit stops.

With re-fueling taking longer than expected, the team lost their lead heading into the 2nd hour when Sawa and Yu took over the wheel. The pair fought hard through the intense heat of Malaysia, which saw the pair sitting in P3 and P5 respectively by the end of their stints. Shortly before the final hour, the #007 was passed back to Mucke, as Yu finished his stint and handed the car to Fujii for the run to the checkered flag.

#007 emerged P3 after the final pit stops and being in a good position to score enough points to secure the Le Mans entry, the team decided to stop chase of the leaders and maintain the position. Doing the opposite, #009 was making a charge in the final 30 minutes of the race reducing a 25 second deficit to the fourth placed Lamborghini ahead. The chase came a bit short at the end as #009 crossed the finish line just two seconds behind, having to settle for P5 after a sensational drive by Fujii.

Although Craft Racing missed out on the victory, it was celebrations all around as the #007 crossed the finish line in P3 claiming 2nd place in the GTC championship and claiming the coveted 24 hours of Le Mans entry.

Craft Racing AMR had their first major endurance race success earlier this year in January, where they became the first Hong Kong race team to take an international endurance race podium at the 24 hours of Dubai. The team will return to Dubai this January to try and improve on their success at the event.

Said team founder Frank Yu, “This is a dream come true as our Hong Kong team will be heading to Le Mans. This is a big step for Craft Racing, as we made Le Mans our target from the outset and to achieve this result is a great reward to everyone on the team for all the hard work. We will all enjoy this special moment right now, but work will start again immediately as we prepare for a big race in January at the 24 hours of Dubai and preparations for Le Mans.”

Hong Kong driver, Darryl O’Young commented, “Endurance racing is a team sport and everyone at Craft Racing worked so hard for this result. We struggled today with tire degradation, so it wasn’t an easy race for the drivers. Everyone pulled together and gave it a strong team effort and I am so happy for the team as this is a major accomplishment.”

Team Principle, Mark Goddard added, “It is a tremendous day for our us as getting a Le Mans invitation is one of the biggest challenges for a race team. Scoring an early invitation allows us time to prepare properly for the race in June and we can begin organizing the logistics, sponsors and the driver line-ups for the race. It will be a big challenge ahead but we have worked hard for many years to achieve this and we are ready for the task. Many thanks to all our sponsors and supporters for believing in us, and a special thank you to Aston Martin Racing for all the continued support.”

Craft Racing AMRFriday 28th June 2013 sees the start of the 3rd and 4th round weekend race of the GT Asia Series at Okayama International Circuit in Japan.

Coming to the race with a first place podium finish after rounds 1 & 2 at Motegi, the Craft Racing AMR team is once again getting ready for the exciting battle against a strong field of teams in GT Asia. Racing against teams running Porsches, Mercedes, Audis, Lamborghinis and McLarens in what is set to be another intense race following the excitement of the previous event.

“We came in third at 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend so I will do my best to be on the podium in both races. I’ve raced in Okayama a couple years ago in the Aston Martin GT1; I’m looking forward to racing there again” said Stefan Mucke (DR) who drove a thrilling race securing first place with only a few laps remaining in round 2 of GT Asia.

The circuit at Okayama was originally a private circuit for wealthy racers and has since then hosted numerous international races. The circuit features hair pins, tight turns, long turns with constant grade variation and two straights, which means we will see some great overtaking action.

“I got my Super GT license last year at Okayama so it’s not the first time for me there; I love the circuit and the Aston will do great but I think the weather will play a major factor in the results of the coming weekend as it is the rainy season there. I really enjoy teaming up with Stefan, I’m confident that we will once again be highly competitive and looking forward to another exciting battle” said Frank Yu (HK).

Craft Racing AMR’s Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 will be in its distinctive livery of green, red, and black stripes with our partners Motul, Dixcel, Tunewear, and Gravity Partnership.

“It’s always nice arriving at a circuit knowing we can win and we demonstrated at Motegi that the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 is a race winner. As a result the whole team has that winning feeling for Okayama and we are looking forward to the event immensely” said team principal Mark Goddard.

Craft Racing AMRHong Kong racing team Craft Racing AMR, completed a stellar performance in their Aston Martin Vantage GT3 this past weekend in the 24 hours of Dubai to give the team a stunning 3rd place overall out of an international 85-car field, completing 594 laps of the Dubai Autodrome. It was an exciting race from beginning to end with Craft Racing AMR taking their Aston Martin Vantage GT3 up to 3rd place in the final hour of the grueling 24 hour endurance race.

The Hong Kong team was led by Hong Kong racing drivers Frank Yu and Darryl O’Young, together with Tomonobu Fujii of Japan and Aston Martin works drivers Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner. All drivers drove well making absolutely no mistakes throughout the entire race weekend to help the team earn this result.

The green flag dropped for the 24 hours of Dubai on Friday January 11th at 2pm with Craft Racing AMR starting the race in 3rd position overall. After facing some bad luck during safety car periods and enduring a couple minor technical issues, the team found themselves down as low as 22nd place in the early part of the race.

However, the team never gave up and fought back up the field getting involved in several on track battles throughout the entire 24 hours. The team made perfect pit stops and the drivers drove quick lap times, which included Stefan Mucke putting down the fastest lap of the entire race with a lap time of 1:59.47 seconds.

Craft Racing AMR slowly climbed back up the leader board and held 5th place for several hours through the night. As the sun rose at 7am, the team made a further push forward and in the final hour of the race, stormed past the German Fachs Auto Tech Porsche to grab the coveted podium spot.

This result gives Hong Kong its first-ever international endurance race overall podium, an achievement the team is extremely proud of.

Frank Yu, team founder and Hong Kong race driver said, “This result is for Hong Kong, we have worked extremely hard over the past few months to prepare for this race and it has proved very successful, this result is a dream come true. It was our teams first ever attempt at the Dubai 24 hours and our target was to finish the race, but being on the podium is a major bonus. A special thanks to Aston Martin Racing who gave our team valuable support throughout the race week, and also to the drivers who avoided mistakes during the entire 24 hours and this contributed hugely to the podium finish!”

Team Principle Mark Goddard added, “It was a remarkable race! We focused on team work from the outset of this weekend, as we knew we had great and reliable racecar in the Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Minimizing mistakes was the key to this success and I’m extremely proud of all the drivers, team engineers and mechanics as minimizing mistakes was exactly what we did. We have to thank all the team sponsors this weekend and a special thank you to John Gaw from Aston Martin Racing as they gave us the support we needed, including their two AMR works drivers Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke who drove stunningly.”

Hong Kong’s top GT race driver Darryl O’Young, made his debut for Craft Racing AMR and the Dubai 24 hours this weekend, “This race was suspenseful for the entire 24 hours. Craft Racing AMR is a great team and its fantastic to be a part of this Hong Kong racing outfit. The team was determined to comeback and the final 10 hours of the race were flawless. This gave us the chance to claw back up the leader board and when the opportunity came in the final hour of the race, we grabbed it and never looked back. I’m very proud of the entire team and this is a brilliant result for Hong Kong and China.”

The next outing for Craft racing AMR will be the inaugural race of the Asian Le Mans Series scheduled for May 5, 2013 in Zhu Hai, China. The team’s Aston Marting Vantage GT3 will be shipped back to its base in Zhu Hai in preparation for the season.

Craft Racing AMRThe first major endurance race of 2013 kicks off next week at the 8th running of the 24 Hours of Dubai where Hong Kong race team, Craft Racing AMR will be one of two Asian teams to take the green flag in the 85 car field at the Dubai Autodrome. Behind the wheel of the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, this 24 hour race will be a perfect warm up for Craft Racing AMR as they prepare their 2 car attack in the up coming 2013 Asian Le Mans Series which begins in May.

Craft Racing AMR has years of experience in motorsport but this will be their first attempt in the 24 hours of Dubai. They come equipped with a strong group of engineers and Asian technicians, combined with an ultra experienced driver line-up in Works AMR driver Darren Turner of Great Britain, WTCC and GT ace Darryl O’Young of Hong Kong, Super GT 300 race winner Tomonobu Fujii of Japan, and GT Asia race winner and Craft Racing team founder Frank Yu of Hong Kong.

Although this race is fairly new compared to some of the famous long distance races around the world, it has grown in stature each and every year seeing many of the World’s top drivers and teams join since its inauguration in 2006.

When asked what the challenging factors of the race would be, Darren Turner believed traffic would be a factor on the 5.39km Dubai Autodrome. “Having started the Nürburgring 24 Hours with over 200 cars, 85 doesn’t sound so much,” he explained. “Mind you Dubai is a standard-length Grand Prix track so that’s going to make it tremendously busy, especially with so many different levels of machinery. The hardest thing will be judging closing speeds and keeping up that focus for 24 hours.”

Team principal Mark Goddard followed up that teamwork could be the determining aspect of the race. “With so many teams in the paddock and on the race track, mistakes are highly likely to occur. As a team we will have to work hard to minimize these mistakes by taking a cautious approach in traffic, and pulling together as a team in the pit stops to ensure we get the car back onto the track quickly and without any errors for the entire 24 hours. I am confident with our experienced drive line-up and technicians that a strong result is achievable.”

Practice begins on Wednesday with qualifying set to take place on Thursday afternoon. The 24 hour race begins on Friday January 11th at 2pm in Dubai, all the live action can be followed on the official website at starting January 10th.