THE FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship season will be the sixth season of the FIA World Endurance Championship auto racing series co-organised by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO).

DAVID CHENG

 

No.37 Jackie Chan Racing x JOTA Sport ORECA 07-Gibson

2017 campaign: Full FIA WEC
Nationality: Chinese/USA
DOB: 21st July 1989
Born: Beijing, China
Website: www.dchengracing.com
Career Highlights:

2010 – Pacific Formula 2000/ALMS LMPC testing

2011 – Grand-Am/ALMS – 3rd on LMPC debut

2012 – Grand-Am/Lamborghini Trofeo Cup

2013 – Asian Le Mans Series champion/FIA WEC debut

2014 – Asian Le Mans Series champion/Le Mans debut – 7th place in LMP2

2015 – ELMS/FIA WEC/Audi R8 Cup/Le Mans 24 Hours

2016 – Full FIA WEC campaign/Le Mans 24 Hours

2016/17 – Asian Le Mans Series runner-up

2017 – Full FIA WEC with Jackie Chan DC Racing

 

Background

David Cheng started is racing career in karts back in his adopted homeland – USA.

Soon, the motor racing mad youngster, switched his attentions to sportscar endurance racing and made several impressive appearances in Grand Am and American Le Mans Series events.

With close family and business ties in China, the country of his birth and early years, David entered top level endurance racing in the WEC, ELMS and Asian Le Mans Series in 2013.

In 2014 he made his Le Mans debut with OAK Racing Team Asia in a new LMP2 Ligier. A fine seventh place finish gave David the impetus to form his own team – DC Racing the following year and he took a second Asian Le Mans Series title.

2015 saw multiple campaigns in sportscars and also in the Audi R8 Asian Cup. The DC Racing squad also went from strength to strength and committed to a full WEC programme in 2016 under the Baxi DC Racing banner.

Several solid performances with an ORECA built Alpine was the perfect preparation for an alliance with Jota Sport for the 2017 FIA WEC.

ALEX BRUNDLE

 

No.37 Jackie Chan Racing x JOTA Sport ORECA 07-Gibson

2016 campaign: Full FIA WEC
No.26 G-Drive Racing ORECA 05-Nissan
2016 campaign: FIA WEC from Nurburgring onwards

Nationality: British
DOB: 07/08/90
Born: Kings Lynn, UK
Family: Single
Website: www.alexbrundle.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlexBrundle

Career Highlights:

2006-2008 – Formula Palmer Audi

2009 – FIA Formula Two

2010 – British Formula Three

2011 – FIA Formula Two

2012 – GP3 Series; Le Mans debut

2013 – 2nd place in FIA WEC with OAK Racing

2014 – ELMS with ART McLaren

2015 – FIA WEC with Pegasus Racing – 1 race

2016 – ELMS with United Autosports – 2 wins; FIA WEC with G-Drive Racing

2017 – FIA WEC with Jackie Chan DC Racing

 

Background

Alex followed his father, World Sportscar champion and veteran of 158 F1 Grand Prix’ – Martin Brundle, into motorsport at the age of 15 when he took part in the T-Cars series in 2006.

From there Alex then embarked on a seven season single-seater career which took in Formula Palmer Audi, FIA F2, British F3 and GP3.

A switch to endurance racing came at Le Mans in 2012 when he partnered his father, who won the race in 1990.

A full season of FIA WEC followed in 2013 with the OAK Racing squad and delivered six podium visits on the way to second place in the final LMP2 standings. Alex also finished second in LMP2 at Le Mans, sharing a Morgan-Nissan with David Heinemeier-Hansson and Olivier Pla.

2014 almost brought victory at Le Mans with an OAK run Ligier-Honda. Alex, along with teammates Jan Mardenborough and Mark Schulzhiskiy led the majority of the race but were denied by a mechanical problem late in the event.

An injury saw Alex sit out most of 2015 but his return caught the eye when he battled to the front of the LMP2 class in mixed conditions.

2016 sees Alex dovetail a full ELMS campaign with his commitments in the G-Drive Ligier-Nissan. Two wins from two races in the ELMS with a United Autosports run LMP3 Ligier.

Tristan gommendy

 

No.37 Jackie Chan Racing x JOTA Sport ORECA 07-Gibson

2017 campaign: Full FIA WEC
Nationality: French
DOB: 4th January 1979
Born: Le Chesnay, France

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TGommendy

 

Career Highlights:

1999 – French Formula Renault / Rookie of the year

2000-2002 – French F3

2002 – French F3 Champion / Monaco F3 GP Winner – 14 Pole Positions, 7 Wins

2003 – Renault Eurocup V6 – 4 Wins / Le Mans 24 Hrs / Rookie of the year

2004 – World Series by Nissan

2005 – Formula Renault 3.5 – 1 win / Le Mans 24 Hrs

2006 – GP2 / Williams F1 contract

2007 – ChampCar – 2 Pole Positions, 1 win, Rookie of the year

2008-2011 – SuperLeague Formula – 3 wins / ELMS

2013 – Le Mans 24 Hours Alpine Renault

2014 – ELMS / Le Mans 24 Hrs, Pole position, 2nd / Nurburgring 24 Hrs

2015 – 2016 – ELMS 3 Wins

2017 – FIA WEC with Jackie Chan DC Racing

 

Background:

Tristan Gommendy began his long professional racing career in 1999 in French Formula Renault before hitting the headlines the following year when he

Gommendy dominated the French F3 Championhip in 2002 winning five events and starting from pole in all but five rounds. A move in to the World Series by Nissan series in 2004 saw podium finishes and further experience gained as he pursued his dream on reaching Formula One.

Further seasons in GP2 in 2006 and ChampCar in 2007 saw Gommendy’s reputation rise even further but when the sponsorship and opportunities dried up, the tall Frenchman switched his attentions to sportscar racing.

Gommendy made an early start at Le Mans when he raced with the Racing for Holland squad in 2003. Since then he has made a further six appearances at La Sarthe scoring a best of second place in LMP2 back in 2014 when Jota Sport scored its famous victory!

Last season Tristan raced for the Eurasia Motorsport team at Le Mans and in the ELMS scoring a best result of second at the Red Bull Ring.

 

 

 

HO-PIN TUNG

 

No.38 Jackie Chan Racing x JOTA Sport ORECA 07-Gibson

2017 campaign: Full FIA WEC
Nationality: Chinese/Dutch
DOB: 4th December 1982
Born: Velp, Netherlands
Website: www.hopintung.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hopintung

Career Highlights:

2003 – Champion of Formula BMW Asia/Test drive for Williams F1

2004/5 – Race winner in ATS German F3 Cup

2006 – Champion of ATS German F3 Cup; 9 wins

2007 – BMW Sauber F1 test drives

2007 – A1 GP China driver – 3rd place in Australia

2007/8 – GP2; 2nd place at Monaco

2009 – Race winner in Superleague Formula

2010/11 – Third Driver Renault F1 Team/Lotus F1 Team

2011 – FIA GT1 and Indycars

2012-15 – Race winner in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

2013-16 – Champion of Asian Le Mans Series (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

2013-16 – Four Le Mans 24 Hours starts

2014-15 – FIA Formula E Championship – 3 starts

2016 – FIA WEC with DC Racing and Formula E test driver for Jaguar

 

Background

 

Ho-Pin Tung is considered as one of the best Chinese racing drivers ever to perform on the International stage.

With a remarkably diverse CV which counts roles with F1, Formula E, LMP2, Indycar and GT teams, the Dutch born Chinese racer has a wealth of experience in a variety of racing disciplines.

After a successful single-seater career took in F3, GP2 A1 GP and F1 testing, he has switched to LMP racing and has made more Le Mans appearances than any from China.

In recent seasons Ho-Pin has teamed up with fellow Chinese racer and team owner of the Jackie Chan DC Racing squad David Cheng with whom he has won 4 Asian Le Mans Series Championship titles. The pair have also shared a cockpit together in each of his last three appearances at Le Mans. The pair scored a best result of 7th in LMP2 in 2014.

2016 saw a full campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship in an Alpine LMP2 car. Several spirited performances saw Ho-Pin and his team mates take seven top ten finishes.

Showing his versatility in motorsport, Ho-Pin was chosen as Panasonic Jaguar’s official test and reserve driver for the third season of the FIA Formula E Championship which will cover the 2016-17 seasons.

 

OLIVER JARVIS

 

No.38 Jackie Chan Racing x JOTA Sport ORECA 07-Gibson

2017 campaign: Full FIA WEC
Nationality: British
DOB: 9th January 1984
Born: Burwell, UK
Website http://www.oliverjarvis.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ollyjarvis

Career Highlights:

1992-2002 – Karting

2003/2004 – Formula Ford

2005 – British Formula Renault champion – 5 wins

2005 – McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year winner

2006 – British F3 runner-up

2007 – Winner of Macau F3 Grand Prix

2007 – Japanese F3/Super GT race winner

2008-2011 – DTM – 3 podium positions

2012 – Le Mans 24 Hours with Audi, 3rd place/GT1 World Championship

2013 – Le Mans 24 Hours with Audi, 3rd place

2014 – Le Mans 24 Hours with Audi/Super GT

2015 – FIA WEC with Audi

2016 – FIA WEC with Audi, 2 wins

2017 – Blancpain Endurance with Bentley; FIA WEC with Jackie Chan DC Racing

 

Background

Oliver Jarvis has been one of the UK’s most prominent racing drivers over the last decade. Racing and winning in a wide variety of series and championships the now 33 year old driver has shown skill and versatility in a multitude of disciplines.

Winner of the prestigious Macau Grand Prix in 2007 Jarvis was an instant hit in single seaters and backed up his early success with victories in A1 GP and on his GT debut in Japan.

It was this foray in to endurance racing which brought Jarvis to the attention of Audi and he first raced for the German giant in 2008 in the first of four seasons in the DTM.

There followed a breakthrough in to the WEC in 2012 and the first of two podium appearances at Le Mans. A full-time WEC ride was secured in 2015 and Jarvis soon became one of the benchmark performers winning two races at Spa and Bahrain with teammates Loic Duval and Lucas Di Grassi.

For 2017 Jarvis joins Jackie Chan DC Racing in the #38 car with Ho-Pin Tung and Thomas Laurent. It will be busy year for Jarvis as he will also take in a full Blancpain Gt season in with the works Bentley team.

 

 

THOMAS LAURENT

 

No.38 Jackie Chan Racing x JOTA Sport ORECA 07-Gibson

2017 campaign: Full FIA WEC
Nationality: French
DOB: 5th April 1998
Born: La Roche sur Yon, France

Website http://thomas-laurent.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThomasLaurent85

 

Career Highlights:

2008/2015 – Karting; 2015 CIK-FIA World KZ2 Karting Champion

2015 – 5th place in 3 Hours of Thailand

2016 – Porsche Carrera Cup France and Porsche Supercup

2016 – Road to Le Mans LMP3 race winner – With DC Racing

2016 – ELMS LMP3 – 1 win

2015-16 – Asian Le Mans LMP3 runner-up with DC Racing – 3 wins

2016-17 – Asian Le Mans LMP2 – 1 win

2017 – FIA WEC with Jackie Chan DC Racing

 

 

Background

 

One of France’s best up and coming young prospects Thomas Laurent has already shown a flair for LMP3 and LMP2 endurance racing with several wins in the growing Asian Le Mans Series.

A karting prodigy who won in almost every category, Laurent forsook single-seaters to embark on an endurance career in 2015 making his mark with a stellar performance in the 3 hours of Thailand at Buriram.

Last season Laurent capitalised on his promise by immediately proving to be one of the quickest drivers in the Asian Le Mans Series where he took three wins along with David Cheng and Ho-Pin Tung in the new LMP3 category.

Moving in to the ELMS for 2016, the teenager again impressed with several stirring performances with the M-Racing YMR team including a win in the final round at Estoril.

This season Thomas re-joins his former partner in LMP3 – Ho-Pin Tung, as well former Audi factory ace Oliver Jarvis in the #38 Oreca-Gibson in the FIA WEC.

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