HO-PIN TUNG AND JACKIE CHAN DC RACING FOUGHT AGAINST BAD LUCK IN 24 HOURS WEAR BATTLE AT LEGENDARY LE MANS
Ho-Pin Tung, reigning Le Mans winner of LMP2 class, arriving at Circuit de la Sarthe as 2018 championship leader started this year’s campaign the hard way with the #38 Oreca 07-Gibson car dropping down the field, suffering two unlucky tyre punctures in the first few hours.
Under such unfortunate circumstances, however, neither of the crew were willing to give up, bouncing back with full determination from the back of the field, after the mechanics had made incredible efforts to repair the cars against the clock.
The #38 car of Ho-Pin Tung, Stephane Richelmi and Gabriel Aubry was forced to return to the garage, losing time on repairing due to the second tyre explosion causing damages to the car. With 11 laps down the order by the time the car returned to the track. The driving aces gave all their skills and efforts starting to climb up the GTE and LM P2 pack, before taking the chequered flag 8th in class and 12th overall.
Despite the far-from-expectation result, the Chinese team managed to collect important points for the battle in LM P2 championship for the 2018-19 WEC Super Season. The #38 car of Ho-Pin Tung and friends hold second place in the championship after crossing the relieving finish line.
The 86th edition of the famed endurance race marked the second time Jackie Chan DC Racing and JOTA Sport jointed in force competing on French soil with two Oreca 07-Gibsons, whose race pace and consistency was confirmed again in the tight competition. With six rounds left in the WEC Super Season, the team will keep heads down and come back stronger at the 6 Hours of Silverstone, August 17-19.
Ho-Pin Tung, driver of #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA Sport
“Of course, first feeling is disappointment after our fantastic result last year when the team finished 1-2 in class. But I think as a team, we have done all we could to salvage the maximum of it. Very early on in the race, we had two tyre punctures, especially the second one causing a lot of damage to our car, and we lost more than 10 laps for repairs. We also had a problem with one of the fuel pumps from very early on in the race, so we could not use all the fuel on the car, which also showed to be a big limitation for us. Having said that, the team never gave up. We never gave up. And to come back at eighth in LMP2 class, scoring valuable points for WEC championship is very important. Today was just one of those races not coming our way. But we will be back. See you at Silverstone! “
Le Mans, France, June 17, 2018