Ho-Pin Tung mentions, second place Le Mans highlight of career
Ho-Pin Tung made Sunday along with his teammates of Jackie Chan Racing for a thrill by being the second to finish in the 24 hours of Le Mans. The Dutch Chinese really loved and enjoyed his place on stage in the legendary race.
“This is the highlight in my career so far,” said the 34-year-old Tung in conversation with autosport.nl. “It was just a very special day.”
In Velp, the netherlands-born driver, who is also a Chinese passport holder, reed with his team-mates Oliver Jarvis and Thomas Laurent Sunday around noon even some time to head to Le Mans, while their number #38 Oreca-Gibson participated in the LMP2, the second-strongest class.
The #2 Porsche of Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber, playing in the strongest LMP1 class, was helped by the extra horsepower, however, is much faster lap times and could be the car of Tung with still an hour to go immediately and so the 24 hours of Le Mans win.
That made the event no less at Tung. “Of course, was there for the race already a lot of talk about the possibility that an LMP2 on the overall podium would come, but to really be the lead drive in the race, that had probably none are proposed.”
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The born news of the world did since 2013 each year at the 24 hours of Le Mans. His best achievement until Sunday was an eleventh place in 2014.
“David Cheng and I are this project five years ago”, and refers Tung to the Chinese race car driver who, along with actor Jackie Chan is the owner of the team of Jackie Chan and Racing.
“In Le Mans we announced then that we, together, the Asian Le Mans Series would do with a LMP2 car. I can hardly describe how hard those guys all have worked, what they have done to this to achieve success.”
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Tung and his team-mates were immediately after the race congratulated by Jackie Chan. The world-famous actor, stuntman and film producer from hong Kong followed from China the achievements of his team in Le Mans.
“You guys are real heroes, I am very proud,” reported the 63-jarge Chan. “This feels like winning an Oscar. Unfortunately, I could not be there, because I am busy with my stunt team and the preparations at the film festival in Shanghai. As soon as you are back, we are going to celebrate.”
The owner of the team could be the final laps of the 24 hours of Le Mans live via a video link with his team in the pitsstraat.
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Time of placing
18:13 – 18 June 2017