Ho-Pin Tung scores podium in Fuji WEC race
JACKIE CHAN DC RACING X JOTA SPORT enjoys the taste of victory in LMP2 class at the 6 Hours of Fuji, the fourth round of 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship, with the full Malaysian line-up in #Fortunecat37 backed by Sepang International Circuit claiming their maiden win at the highest level of endurance racing.
The Chinese team heads into the race taking place in the foothills of Mount Fuji, being the fastest squad qualifying on Dunlop tyres. #Fortunecat37 piloted by Jazeman Jaafar, Nabil Jeffri and Weiron Tan started from the second place on LMP2 grid, followed by sister car #Mighty38 of Ho-Pin Tung, Stephane Richelmi and Gabriel Aubry in third.
As the race kicked off under light rain, which had lasted since early morning, most entries chose to run with intermediate tyres on the damp 4.563km circuit. The first 30 minutes was full of actions and incidents, inevitably bringing out the safety car to clear the circuit, when the JOTA Sport-run team called both cars in and changed to the slicks.
Jaafar and Tung, who took the start for #Fortunecat37 and #Mighty38 respectively, re-joined to the field and drove carefully, waiting for the opportunities to come, before they eventually picked up the real pace of both ORECA 07s powered by Gibson on the drying track.
By the time the race reached the second hour mark, the two China-flagged cars had gained a significant gap to the rivals. Despite their first time to race at Fuji Speedway as a joint force, the Malaysian trio displayed strong pace and great commitment. After the efforts made by countrymen Tan and Jeffri in the middle of the race, Jaafar took the chequered flag first in LMP2 class for #Fortunecat37.
In the previous round at Silverstone, the Chinese team presenting the racing spirit of Richard Mille Asia enjoyed a tight but clean battle at the closing stage between the two cars carrying the auspicious cloud livery. Coming to the iconic circuit in Japan, the team presented another great show, as Abury and Richelmi sharing the cockpit in #Might38 managed to close the gap to the leading sister car, before handing over to Tung for the last 90 minutes.
The Chinese driver made his best effort to catch Jaafar, before crossing the finish line in second place. With the #Fortunecat37 crew clinching a historic victory at Fuji by becoming the first all-Malaysian crew to win an international FIA race event, Jackie Chan DC Racing and JOTA Sport wrapped up the event with a second consecutive 1-2 finish in the last four races.
Motived by the dominant performance in recent races, the team will head back to JOTA Sport’s operation base in UK to make sure we will come back even stronger at the fifth round of the WEC Super Season, which will be held in China for the 6 Hours of Shanghai on 16-18 November.
Ho-Pin Tung, Driver of #Mighty38 Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport
Another 1-2 finish for the team, which is an amazing result. It was the other way around compared to Silverstone, which was not ideal for my car, as we struggled a little bit at the end of the race in the last two stints. Nevertheless, it was fantastic for the team again. Altogether, amazing work was done by the team: we were always up the front in every session. In the entire race, we were very dominant again. So great great job by everyone in the team. It is very close on the championship standing at the moment. We are second now, with equal points to #37, and just one point behind the leader. I am sure the home race in Shanghai is going to be a very exciting one.