Richard Lyons hopes to hit front after Craft Bamboo return
Richard Lyons has joined Hong Kong-based Craft Bamboo Racing to drive an Aston Martin Vantage in this year's Asia GT series.
The former Formula Nippon champion already commutes from his Hillsborough home to drive for the Hitotsuyama Audi team in the Japanese Super GT300 championship, finishing third in the opening round at Okayama last weekend.
Now he has added the Asian series to his schedule and will partner leading Hong Kong driver Frank Yu in the seven round championship starting in Korea next month.
Lyons has already driven with Yu and in a one-off appearance for Bamboo Racing last year, the two of them took second place at Autopolis in Japan.
"It is great to be back with Craft Bamboo Racing, and this time for the full GT Asia season," said Lyons. "They are an incredibly professional outfit and they give us a great opportunity to achieve results in the championship."
Meanwhile, Bentley driver Steven Kane begins his European season this weekend with the first round of the Blancpain Endurance championship at Monza in Italy. Ballynahinch-born Kane is teamed with Guy Smith and Andy Meyrick in a GT3 Bentley Continental.