Richard Coleman

Today’s interview is with Richard COLEMAN, Craft-Bamboo Racing Group CEO.

Congratulations on the new joint venture, what do you think it means to you and the team?

Thank you, the new joint venture is fantastic in bringing two great teams together to become one global team. Frank Yu and Craft have done an excellent job in previous seasons so the objective is to build on that success. Bamboo Engineering have had years of experience in top level motorsport such as WTCC, GP3, and now WEC. Asia is a key market for many of our partners and sponsors and we will look to cement our position as one of the leading teams.

What makes Asian LMS so unique & appealing when compared to other motorsports?

Asian LMS is an incredibly well run championship, everyone knows of its professionalism and integrity. It is unique as it brings endurance racing to Asia, something a bit unknown yet proven to be highly successful across the globe. I have personally known Mark Thomas for a number of years and I have seen first hand the job he and his team do. The fact you can earn an entry to the Le Mans 24 Hour race makes the series very special.

What qualities would a driver have to demonstrate in order to become 2014 Asian LMS champion?

It’s clear the series is becoming more and more competitive, any driver will not only need to be incredibly quick, but they need to be fit to endure the heat at most of the events, smart as in all endurance racing and of course a team player – no driver can win on their own.

With the new team, what do you hope to achieve from the upcoming 2014 Asian LMS?

We hope to be competitive from the first race and challenge for the championship in both the LMP2 and the CN Prototype categories

Ollie Millroy

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Ollie Millroy
Today’s interview is with Ollie Millroy, driver of AAI Motorsport. 2014 sees Ollie contesting the Asian Le Mans Series as Taiwanese squad AAI Motorsport’s designated Pro driver. The 23-year-old Briton, who finished third in the GTC class of last season’s European Le Mans Series, is a former BMW Scholarship recipient, British Formula Renault and Formula BMW race winner, and national karting champion. As well as his racing commitments Ollie, from Esher in Surrey, is a trusted driver coach and sought after precision driver who has been the man behind the wheel of many sportscar manufacturers’ marketing campaigns.

 

2013 European Le Mans Series (3rd Driver’s Championship)

2012 Blancpain Endurance Series

2010 Formula Renault race winner

2008 BMW Scholarship Driver (BMW Sauber F1 Team)

2008 Formula BMW Race Winner

1997-2007 International Karting

– (British champion, French championship race winner, Italian Champs race winner, Winter Cup champion, 5 European Championship, 3rd World Cup)

 

Q: Congratulations on the new deal with AAI Motorsport! What does joining AAI Motorsport mean to you?

Since competing in Formula BMW Pacific in 2008, I have been very keen to continue racing in Asia and AAI Motorsports have provided an amazing opportunity for me to develop my profile outside of Europe. I have a lot of experience in the BMW Z4 GT3, which I can hopefully use to help the team develop the setup on their car and I will work closely with my teammates to ensure we grow together into a winning combination.

 

Q: Are you excited to compete in Asian Le Mans Series? And what is your goal for 2014 Asian LMS?

I am extremely excited to compete in the Asian Le Mans Series, especially following my experience in the 2013 European Le Mans Series. This year will be a new challenge for me with different circuits, teammates, competitors and a totally different environment and I am looking forward to taking it on. My goal for 2014 is to win our championship class.

 

Q: What do you think about driving with Asian drivers? Do you think Asian Le Mans Series will help Asian drivers to improve?

It will be very interesting working with Asian drivers and I’m sure we can help each other to develop further. I’m sure we will have different approaches to certain situations and we will be able to learn from each other to create a stronger partnership. I certainly feel that Asian Le Mans Series will help any driver improve as you are gaining valuable experience on some of the best circuits in the world.

 

Q: What is your plan for 2014?

In 2014 I want to do my absolute best for AAI Motorsports both in the car and out of it too. I use my experience to try and help the team progress with the setup of their car and also work closely with my teammates so we can learn from each other. Providing we put all the pieces in place, I see no reason why we can’t be a favorite to win the Asian Le Mans Series championship in the BMW Z4 GT3.