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Catsburg Joins Craft-Bamboo for Bathurst 12H – Sportscar365

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Nicky Catsburg will join Craft-Bamboo Racing for its effort in the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, marking the first time since 2021 the Dutchman has raced Mercedes machinery.

The Corvette factory driver will share the No. 77 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo with Dani Juncadella and Lucas Auer for the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli opener at Mount Panorama.

The Dutchman has limited experience behind the wheel of the German GT3 challenger, notably joining HubAuto as a late stand-in for the 24 Hours of Spa in 2021.

He would go on to complete further outings with the team in Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup rounds at the Nürburgring and Barcelona, ​​but hasn’t raced an AMG since.

“I am really excited about this opportunity,” Catsburg said.

‘The Bathurst 12 Hour is definitely one of my favorite events. Being able to join Craft-Bamboo Racing with Dani and Lucas feels like an amazing opportunity to fight for the win.

“It will be a big challenge since it will be my first time working with the team and I have driven the Mercedes-AMG GT3 hard.

“I would like to thank Craft-Bamboo Racing and Mercedes-AMG for the trust, let’s go and win this one!”

Auer, meanwhile, is also a new addition to the team. The Austrian finished runner up in last year’s DTM standings.

“I am really looking forward to Bathurst,” Auer said.

“It will be my first time there and also my first time with the Craft-Bamboo Racing team. I am so excited to be racing alongside Dani and Nick, who are great teammates.

“I believe we will be a strong team, it will be important to get quickly into a rhythm. We will try our best and go for the win!”

Craft-Bamboo took second overall in last year’s running of the Australian enduro, finishing only eight seconds behind winners SunEnergy1 Racing as Mercedes-AMG locked out the podium.

“We are looking forward to returning to Bathurst this year,” team principal Darryl O’Young said.

“We have a very strong driver line-up, it’s our first time working with Nicky and Lucas. Obviously, they have a very strong reputation and experience behind them, so excited to have them join the team.

“Of course, we have had success with Dani in the last couple of endurance races, so we feel very confident heading to the mountain.

“On top of that, having MSI, a globally recognized brand, join us at this event is very exciting. We look forward to delivering a strong partnership in this race.”

Davey Euwema is a Sportscar365 reporter based in The Netherlands, covering the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, DTM, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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