In 2018 Ho-Pin Tung stood on the stop step of the LMP2 podium at the stop of the 6 Hours of Shanghai alongside teammates Stephane Richelmi and Gabriel Aubry. The trio of drivers had received the traipse in China for crew boss Jackie Chan and the Chinese loved the dwelling prefer for their crew.
The Chinese driver is now anticipating returning to Shanghai with Jackie Chan DC Racing to look in the occasion that they will repeat their 2018 performance in the four-hour traipse in Asia.
After ending second from pole region in the 6 Hours of Fuji and lying third in the LMP2 class after two races, we caught up with Ho-Pin Tung before the 4 Hours of Shanghai.
Q: What are the largest challenges of the Shanghai International Circuit?
Ho-Pin Tung: “I’ve raced in Shanghai many, persistently in diversified sequence as neatly and likewise in WEC, the set apart we received final yr. I judge final yr’s traipse essentially confirmed that one amongst the challenges is the weather stipulations in November, that might furthermore be relatively unpredictable. There also might maybe be quite a lot of rain, nonetheless there’ll even be some relatively fulfilling temperatures as neatly. In tell that’s positively one amongst the challenges for each and every drivers and teams.
“The surface of the tune itself is relatively low grip and intensely onerous on the front left tyre with the combos of the first, second and third corners, and then the Parabolica followed by a long straight. So, there are some correct overtaking opportunities and continuously fine racing in Shanghai.”
Q: What’s your celebrated memory racing in the WEC at Shanghai?
Ho-Pin Tung: “My celebrated memory of Shanghai is unquestionably our prefer there final yr. For some arrangement we below no conditions managed to secure Shanghai correct as a crew, nonetheless final yr we eventually managed to spoil thru and explain that dwelling victory for our crew, which used to be a essentially particular second.”
Q: How vital does the pork up of the dwelling followers mean that you just might?
Ho-Pin Tung: “Shanghai is the dwelling traipse for our crew. It is so fine whenever you are there and you look the Jackie Chan DC Racing flags in the grandstands. Final yr, below the rostrum, there were so many followers as neatly. We’ve seen ever rising fan pork up, with other folk staying longer all over the traipse. I judge the fan depraved of patience racing has been rising deal for the previous few years and I’m hoping our success as a crew has helped.”
Q: How aggressive is LMP2 this yr and who fabricate you look as your most valuable rival?
Ho-Pin Tung: “LMP2 this yr is amazingly aggressive, particularly for the explanation that introduction of the unusual expertise LMP2 autos. There are quite a lot of teams that can expose for a prefer this season. Without a doubt, we’ve got a bigger battle between the diversified tyre manufacturers, with us being on Goodyear and a lot of the diversified teams being on Michelin. I judge we can look some races one community possess an profit and at diversified races the diversified community being up there. A minimal of five or six teams are able to strive in opposition to very closely for a prefer at every single traipse; that’s the charm of LMP2 racing as neatly.”
The 4 Hours of Shanghai is Spherical 3 of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship and can obtain region on Sunday 10 November.