Ojeda lands international Mercedes seat

Jayden Ojeda has been signed by Craft-Bamboo Racing. Pic: Supplied

PERENNIAL Bathurst 12 Hour contenders Craft-Bamboo Racing have signed Jayden Ojeda to its Asian Le Mans Series program.

Ojeda tested for the Hong Kong squad at Sepang (Malaysia) in September and this month drove for German team Landgraf Motorsport in a Mercedes Young Driver Test in Spain.

The 24-year-old will race in the GT World Challenge Australia finale this weekend in Adelaide, after which it’s off to the three-round, five-race 2023/24 Asian Le Mans Series, which Triple Eight Race Engineering has also entered.

Ojeda will partner Anthony Liu and three-time Bathurst 12 Hour winner Jules Gounon in a Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo.

“We are really excited to have Jayden join the team for our Asian Le Mans Series campaign,” said Craft-Bamboo Racing director Darryl O’Young.

“We have seen his impressive speed in the AMG over the past season, and we also had a test with Jayden a couple of months ago.

“He did a perfect job and he’s easy to work with, so we feel he will be a strong asset to the team.”

Ojeda, who combined with Matt Stone Racing’s Jack Le Brocq to finish ninth in last month’s Repco Bathurst 1000, is looking forward to building on the momentum garnered from his Australian GT efforts with Volanto Rosso Motorsport.

“It’s amazing to have the opportunity to race with such a renowned team like Craft-Bamboo Racing on the world stage,” he said.

Jayden Ojeda. Pic: Supplied

“I’m really looking forward to working with the team and Anthony and Jules.

 “I think we have a really strong team Anthony is coming off the back of winning the GTWC Asia drivers’ championship, and Jules is arguably one of the most in-form GT drivers on the planet right now. He will be a great mentor for me to learn from.

“A massive thank you to Matt Harvey, Josh Hunt and Chris Papadopoulos from Volante Rosso, for their belief in me, which led to the test earlier this year and, ultimately, this opportunity.”

The 2023/24 Asian Le Mans Series starts in Sepang on December 2-3.

Connor O’Brien joined V8 Sleuth in 2022 as website Editor. He won the Supercars Media Award in 2017 while working as a sports reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin, before stints at Supercars and Speedcafe. During his time at V8 Sleuth he's twice (2022, 2023) been named Journalist of the Year at the Supercars Media Awards.