FIA World Endurance Championship
6 HOURS OF FUJI

Podium finish for Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport after dramatic, shortened 6 Hours of Fuji

• Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport continues to lead FIA WEC LMP2 team and driver championships
• Third-place podium finish for #Mighty38

38 TUNG Ho-Pin (chi), JARVIS Oliver (gbr), LAURENT Thomas (fra), Oreca 07 Gibson team Jackie Chan DC racing, action during the 2017 FIA WEC World Endurance Championship, 6 Hours of Fuji from October 13 to 15 at Oyama, Japan - Photo Clement Luck / DPPI

38 TUNG Ho-Pin (chi), JARVIS Oliver (gbr), LAURENT Thomas (fra), Oreca 07 Gibson team Jackie Chan DC racing, action during the 2017 FIA WEC World Endurance Championship, 6 Hours of Fuji from October 13 to 15 at Oyama, Japan – Photo Clement Luck / DPPI

 

37 CHENG David (chi), BRUNDLE Alex (gbr), GOMMENDY Tristan (fra), Oreca 07 Gibson team Jackie Chan DC racing, action during the 2017 FIA WEC World Endurance Championship, 6 Hours of Fuji from October 13 to 15  at Oyama, Japan - Photo Clement Marin / DPPI

37 CHENG David (chi), BRUNDLE Alex (gbr), GOMMENDY Tristan (fra), Oreca 07 Gibson team Jackie Chan DC racing, action during the 2017 FIA WEC World Endurance Championship, 6 Hours of Fuji from October 13 to 15 at Oyama, Japan – Photo Clement Marin / DPPI

• Shanghai homecoming beckons for history-making Chinese team

Fuji, Japan – October 17, 2017:  Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport continues to lead both the LMP2 drivers and team championship in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), scoring a podium finish in a dramatic 6 Hours of Fuji run in challenging weather conditions which forced a premature end to the race.

The #Mighty38 ORECA of Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis and Thomas Laurent lay third when the race was suspended for a second time with 90 minutes remaining and was not restarted.

After Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport had topped the time sheets in all three free practice sessions, the team was confident that both the #FortuneCat37 and the #Mighty38 had the pace to fight for a race win. While qualifying did not go exactly to plan, the team remained upbeat on its chances in the ultra-competitive LMP2 category.

With low visibility and on a wet track, the race got underway behind the Safety Car. When the field was released, the pair of Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport ORECAs set to work, the #FortuneCat37 moving up the pack to second with the sister #Mighty38 ORECA right behind.

Plenty of cat and mouse battles ensued as the drivers fought for position, but as visibility worsened, the red flag was brought out early in the second hour. More challenges were to follow when the #FortuneCat37 was forced to pit with an electrical issue. While the Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport team worked hard to repair the car and get back into the race, the #FortuneCat37 was forced to retire.

Meanwhile, as the race approached the mid-way mark, the #Mighty38 ORECA took the LMP2 lead, but was unable to hold on to the top spot. The team would continue to fight for a podium position, ultimately finishing third.

Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport now has a 10-point lead over its closest championship rivals, with the battle going down to the final two races of the season next month in Shanghai and Bahrain. The team’s next race, the 6 Hours of Shanghai from November 3-5, will be one of the team’s most important of the season as Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport fights for victory – and the critical championship points – in front of its home fans in China.
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Quotes

#37 Alex Brundle: “A difficult race for us in the #FortuneCat37, retiring with an electrical issue, which is a shame, but great work from the guys for trying to get us back out into the race. It was nice to get up the grid at the start and run in second for a good while and the car was functioning nicely, but unfortunately not able to complete the race this time. Good job to everyone and we’ll come back stronger in Shanghai.”

#38 Ho-Pin Tung: “After dominating all the free practices as a team, we were expecting a lot more from qualifying. After qualifying we were pretty confident we would have a good race car, which unfortunately we didn’t seem to have. Having said that, due to great team work, great strategy and nice on-track battles we managed to move our way to the lead in very difficult and treacherous conditions. The moment the race was red flagged for final time and ended was unfortunate for us. Bringing home third is definitely not what we came for, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be back aiming hard in Shanghai for that top spot in our home race.”

#38 Oliver Jarvis: “Heading into the race we were really positive, we thought we had a really good race car. Unfortunately we realised quite early we were struggling with the balance. Conditions were not easy out there and to come away with a podium… it’s not what we were hoping for – we were definitely hoping to fight for the win – but today we just didn’t have the pace, but congratulations to Alpine and Rebellion on a fantastic job.”

Sam Hignett, JOTA Sport: “A disappointing result for the #FortuneCat37 retiring with an electrical issue but good to have the #Mighty38 lead the race and finish on the podium again. Unfortunately the #31 car finished ahead, but still we lead the championship going into the final two races of the season. All credit to our drivers who managed to keep the cars on track and in one piece in some of the worst racing conditions I have seen.”

Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport

6 Hours of Fuji LMP2 (Top 5)
1. 31/Vaillante Rebellion/Canal, Prost, Senna
2. 36/Signatech Alpine Matmut/Lapierre, Menezes, Negrão/+1.389
3. 38/Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport/Tung, Laurent, Jarvis/+2.170
4. 28/TDS Racing/Perrodo, Vaxiviere, Collard/+3.280
5. 24/CEFC Manor TRS Racing/Rao, Hanley, Vergne/+9.132

FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Teams (Top 6)
1. #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport (CHN) – 145
2. #31 Vaillante Rebellion (SUI) – 135
3. #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut (FRA) – 120
4. #24 CEFC Manor TRS Racing (CHN) – 73
5. #26 G-Driver Racing (RUS) – 70
6. #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport (CHN) – 69

FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Drivers (Top 5)
1. Ho-Pin Tung – 145
1. Oliver Jarvis – 145
1. Thomas Laurent – 145
2. Bruno Senna – 135
2. Julien Canal – 135

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.

LMP2
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