Ho-Pin Tung, David Cheng and new team mate Paul-Loup Chatin finished ninth in FIA-WEC race 6 hours of Fuji , Japan
Ho-Pin Tung and his team mates David Cheng and new kid at the team Paul-Loup Chatin made it till ninth in the LM P2-categorie of the World Endurance Championship race at the Fuji Circuit in the land of the rising sun. After a splendid start Ho-Pin Tung found himself at the rear of the field having been hit by the 45 Manor car in the third lap, which made the nr. 35 Baxi DC Racing Alpine spin and loose the entire field. Fighting back and solid performances by all three musketeers of the Baxi DC Racing Team brought ninth position at the finish line, after six long hours of racing.
The race began at a hectic pace, with a series of close fights throughout the field. In the no.35, Ho-Pin Tung suffered at the hands of an overzealous rival who sent him into a spin, thus spoiling his excellent start.
From that point onwards, the Baxi DC Racing Alpine’s race was compromised. After a double stint, Ho-Pin handed over driving duties to Paul-Loup Chatin. On his return to the team, the Frenchman produced a solid performance, setting very good lap times and gaining five places.
The no.35 Baxi DC Racing Alpine showed very strong pace in the closing stages to finish in ninth place. Following David Cheng’s stint, Ho-Pin Tung took over for the final few laps. He proved to be quicker than the leading cars, who were nonetheless fighting it out for victory!
Ho-Pin Tung: “I made a good start, as I gained two places straight away. And then I was hit by the Manor on the third lap. That threw the car into a spin so I had to rejoin at the back of the field. But the car was good and I managed to recover quickly. On my second stint, I struggled with tyre degradation. We had the potential to finish in a better position. If we manage to fully exploit our potential in Shanghai, November 6th, I think we can secure a very good result there.”