FIA WEC victory number three for Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport
17th July 2017
• #Mighty38 takes LMP2 victory to strengthen hold on LMP2 championship lead
• Top-five finish for #FortuneCat37
• Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport takes third victory in four races following Le Mans dream win
Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport claimed its second straight FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) victory, and its third of the season, after this year’s LMP2 Le Mans winners reigned supreme at the 6 Hours of Nürburgring at the weekend. Drivers Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis and Thomas Laurent once again proved unbeatable in the #Mighty38 ORECA, extending their lead in the LMP2 team and driver classifications.
The #FortuneCat37 ORECA of David Cheng, Tristan Gommendy and Alex Brundle scored a top-five finish, rebounding after a tough start and facing several challenges during the grueling race. The trio fought hard to stay in contention and their efforts – combined with a second-place finish at Le Mans last month – puts them fourth in the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Teams.
Starting from pole position for the first time this season, the #Mighty38 initially lost out at the start, but had retaken the lead by the second hour and was firmly in control. The car eventually finished the race a full lap ahead of its closest rivals.
The sister #FortuneCat37 had a more challenging race, starting further back on the grid than the car’s pace deserved. The team persevered and battled back, and by mid-race were running second in the category order. Contact during the unrelenting six hours made it harder to defend, with #FortuneCat37 ultimately finishing fifth.
Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport now heads into a long summer break, with the FIA WEC action resuming in September in Mexico. While the first half of the season has been nothing short of a dream for the Chinese team, there’s still plenty more to come from Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport.
#37 David Cheng:
“First, a great job from the #38 boys – prefect execution from the entire team this weekend. For our #37, the race was much tougher as Tristan had a few track limit penalties in qualifying, meaning that we didn’t get the starting position our pace deserved. It was a tough start and some pushing around for Alex meant we lost some spots again. But on a notoriously difficult track to pass on, both Alex and Tristan did an amazing job to take us all the way up to second by the middle of the race. I had a bit of a difficult time defending our position and was constantly hit from the back and the sides.
With a bruised car, it was a bit harder to keep the pace and we lost a few spots, but to finish fifth and stay in contention – I think the whole team did a really great job. We will continue to train hard over the break and will come to the next race having built on that momentum.”
#38 Ho-Pin Tung:
“After our dream week at Le Mans you would think it couldn’t get any better. But what a fantastic weekend at the Nürburgring again! I believe this race has been our strongest performance so far this year.
It shows we keep on developing and improving as a team. Our first pole of the year and in every stint, for every driver, we were able to extend our lead during the race to take a commanding win and extend our championship lead. While there’s a big break now until Mexico, everyone at Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport will continue to work hard – there’s still room for improvement and we’re hungry for more.”
Greg Wheeler, Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport Engineer:
“These results can only be achieved when every single member of the team does a near-perfect job. The chain has no weak links.”
Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport
6 Hours of Nürburgring
1. 38/Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport/Tung, Laurent, Jarvis
2. 31/Vaillante Rebellion/Senna, Canal, Albuquerque/+1 lap
3. 36/Signatech Alpine Matmut/Lapierre, Menezes, Rao/+1 lap
4. 13/Vaillante Rebellion/Beche, Heinemeier Hansson, Derani/+1 lap
5. 37/Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport/Cheng, Brundle, Gommendy/+2 laps
FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Teams (Top 5)
1. #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport (CHN) – 116
2. #31 Vaillante Rebellion (SUI) – 70
3. #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut (FRA) – 57
4. #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport (CHN) – 51
5. #26 G-Drive Racing (RUS) – 46
FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Drivers (Top 5)
1. Ho-Pin Tung – 116
1. Oliver Jarvis – 116
1. Thomas Laurent – 116
2. Bruno Senna – 70
2. Julien Canal – 70
Supported by team founding partner, Hollywood superstar Jackie Chan, the team was established in 2015, and immediately claimed the 2015-16 Asian Le Mans LMP3 championship. For the team’s 2017 FIA WEC campaign, Jota Sport brings almost two decades of endurance racing expertise which includes class wins in both the Le Mans and Spa 24 Hours.
Flying the flag for China and Chinese motorsport development across the world, Jackie Chan DC Racing has brought together the strongest driver line-up in its history in its quest to capture the LMP2 title in the world’s most prestigious endurance racing championship. The combination of multiple championship and race winners with fledgling talent creates a potent formula for success at the highest echelon of the sport:
#37 – David Cheng / Alex Brundle / Tristan Gommendy
#38 – Ho-Pin Tung / Oliver Jarvis / Thomas Laurent