Asian Le Mans Series Four hours at Fuji Speedway : Ho-Pin Tung and Jackie Chan DC Racing team second
Chinese hero Ho-Pin Tung had hoped to find his birthday present at the top of the rostrum at the Fuji Speedway, Japan, Sunday. Unfortunately he found it one step down after having finished second with the Jackie Chan DC Racing Team in the 4 hours race in the Asian Le Mans Series, near Mount Fuji. Drivers Gustavo Menezes, Thomas Laurent and Ho-Pin Tung, as well as the technical staff did great jobs, Ho-Pin Tung took the lead right after the start and kept leading position for 44 laps.
The Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 03R Nissan suffered from electrical malfunction all weekend. In free practise, qualifying and the race this showed to be a constant disadvantage. ‘Because of technical woes we were unable to grab pole posisition’, Ho-Pin Tung explained. ‘The cars’ balance was great, we all three had a good pace. Pace wise we could have been first’
Ho-Pin Tung stated: ‘I had a good start, I could take the lead from pole sitter Algarve Pro Racing immediately after the lights went out and keep it for 44 laps. It was a bit messy first phase of the race with a very lenghty safety car procedure. We struggled with the electronics in the car, which caused sudden engine cuts throughout the race, starting in the very first lap. It were very difficult and long four hours, also because the safety car showed up more often. We made it to the end and were able to extend our lead in the championship ranking.’
Fuji, Japan, December 4th, 2016.