JACKIE CHAN DC RACING x JOTA SPORT TAKES HISTORIC CHINESE VICTORY AT 6 HOURS OF SILVERSTONE
17th April 2017
Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport takes Historic Chinese Victory at 6 Hours of Silverstone
- 38 ORECA takes overall class victory at FIA WEC season-opener
- Team tops FIA WEC LMP2 championship leaderboard
- First-ever FIA WEC win for a Chinese team
- Ho-Pin Tung First Chinese FIA WEC winner
- Win for Laurent on world sportscar debut
- Successful debut outing for new collaboration with Jota Sport Silverstone, UK – April 17, 2017:
Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport took a resounding class victory in the opening round of the of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), getting the new collaboration off to a superb start and making motorsport history by becoming the first-ever Chinese team to take a win in the prestigious series. As the team swept to victory, Ho-Pin Tung also became the first Chinese driver to win an FIA WEC race.
In front of more than 50,000 fans, the #38 ORECA of Tung Ho-Pin, Oliver Jarvis and WEC newcomer, 19-year-old Thomas Laurent, crossed the finish line 19.376 seconds clear of their nearest LMP2 rivals, having taken complete command of the race in the final hour of a grueling 6 Hours of Silverstone in difficult weather conditions, which saw the track change from dry to wet.
In a race packed with drama, a Full-Course Yellow and Safety Car Period shook up the order in the final hour. Jarvis, making his LMP2 debut, took advantage to seize the lead and pull away from his rivals. The #37 ORECA of David Cheng, Alex Brundle and Tristan Gommendy fared less well in the late-stage events, after failing to get a wave by under the Safety Car and losing a lap, finishing 8th. However, this did nothing to detract from the jubilation of the team’s well-earned win.
The historic victory in the world’s most respected sportscar endurance championship is the culmination of years of work by Cheng, Tung, team manager Gary Holland, Jota Sport team directors Sam Hignett and David Clark, team director Rémy Brouard, staunch supporters Jackie Chan and Sparkle Roll, and the new collaboration with Jota Sport.
Already the team is looking ahead to the next FIA WEC round, the formidable 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium from May 4th to 6th. There, the team which has proven to itself – and it its rivals – to be a true tour de force, will reunite as Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport continues its quest for the FIA WEC LMP2 championship crown.
#37 David Cheng:
“This was a really huge day for the team! We walked away with maximum championship points from the win and building our momentum for the big one in Le Mans in a couple of months. This is the perfect way to start off the championship. We really showed our strength as a team with Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport. Coming in to the season we all knew we could do the job, but to have it done and to show it is really important not just to us, but also to our competition. Looking at this achievement we’ve built together over the months, even years; myself, Ho-Pin and Rémy [Brouard], and now with Jota Sport. Everything has come together with all the drivers on the team, having two cars and with such a good atmosphere with all six drivers. We’ve got a lot more work done together, and this shows the strength of the team and the collaboration we’ve created with everyone working together here; Jackie Chan, Sparkle Roll and Jota Sport. This win is a testament to everyone.
On the #37 ORECA, we have some more work to do, Tristan and Alex did a really good job and put in fast and solid stints for us. But we know the strategy we need to adapt. Now it’s full forward to Spa.”
#38 Ho-Pin Tung:
“A fantastic, perfect start to the season. I couldn’t be happier. Since 2013, I’ve been working with David [Cheng] towards this result. To be here at Silverstone, at the first race of the 2017 FIA WEC and to claim a fantastic victory for Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport makes me really proud. I think it’s the first time ever a Chinese team has won a race or been on the WEC podium. I know how much work has gone into this by everyone; by the guys at Jota Sport who have worked literally flat out from the beginning of the year to this first race. It’s a new era of LMP2, a first win for the ORECA 07, which I’m glad we have to our name.
We’ve had so much support from China, being on the podium, hearing the Chinese national anthem and seeing the Chinese flag being raised is just phenomenal. After all the years of work – myself, David [Cheng], Rémy [Brouard], Sparkle Roll and of course Jackie Chan – it’s a moment we should all enjoy and hopefully the start of a fantastic season.”
#38 Oliver Jarvis:
“It was a really good job by my two team mates Ho-Pin [Tung] and Thomas [Laurent]. Superb. That really set us up for a very exciting finish. When I got in the car, I knew we had to push flat out and give it everything because it was going to be very close with the Rebellion. I just got in the car and focused on setting quick laps. Fortunately the car was superb and in the end we were able to open up quite a comfortable gap. At one point we thought it was going to be very close, but we got out of the last stop in the lead and from there I was just able to manage the gap and cross the line in first place. For me, it’s the first time winning at Silverstone for a long time, but more importantly it’s a great result for the team. It’s so important to get points on the board early on in the year. I can’t thank David, Jackie Chan DC Racing and Jota Sport enough. We’re going to have a very successful year. The team’s done a superb job and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”
#38 Thomas Laurent:
“A big thanks to the team. For sure the mechanics did a really good job. Maybe we won two seconds in the pit stop, so a big thanks to the team, mechanics and engineering team, particular to Greg Wheeler for his excellent race strategy. It was really a good race for us. I look forward to Spa – I can’t wait.”
Sam Hignett, Co-owner and Director, Jota Sport:
“Thank you very much to Jackie Chan, DC Racing and all the sponsors, and all of the team here at Jota Sport for putting together such good, reliable and quick cars, from the shop floor to the engineers. It was a great result for the ORECA #38 with the win outright in LMP2. A great effort by all the drivers, particularly Thomas Laurent in his first world sportscar race. The #37 was so close to being right up there in the top four if it wasn’t for that Safety Car at the end where we didn’t get the wave by and we lost a lap on, we would have been one car first and one car fourth or fifth. Looking ahead, everything’s looking very positive for Spa.”
Jackie Chan DC Racing
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
FIA World Endurance Championship
After five seasons of impressive competition and growth, the FIA World Endurance Championship has matured into one of the world’s most entertaining and respected motor sport series.
In 2017, 27 top-class international entries across the four categories of competition (LMP1, LMP2, LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am) will compete in nine races held across Europe, Latin and North America, Asia and the Middle East.
Le Mans Prototypes (LMP) are closed cockpit cars with no production minimum required. Generally produced specially for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but also for FIA WEC Endurance Championship / ELMS / IMSA races, these cars are developed exclusively for on-track competitions, fulfilling the requirements of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s technical regulations. Because of their superior performances and level of technological development, they have a star status within Endurance Racing.
Engine: Gibson Technology normally-aspirated, 4-litre, V8 delivering 600bhp
Drivers: A crew of 2 or 3 drivers must include at least one FIA Silver or FIA Bronze classified driver.