The #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing claimed a hard-fought victory at the 8 Hours of Bahrain, and Ho-Ping Tung felt “ecstatic” on their maiden win.
The #37 LMP2 crew of Gabriel Aubry, Ho-Ping Tung, and Will Stevens secured the team’s first win of the season at the final race.
The fight for the win in LMP2 was amongst the leading talking points of the race, and the focal was on the #37 and the #38 JOTA during the latter part of the eight hours.
Both cars were the only two WEC entries, participating full-time, who used the Goodyear tyre manufacturer that all cars in the category will use next year.
When asked afterwards on how he felt, Tung replied “ecstatic of course”.
He continued: “Especially after our hard break at Le Mans a few weeks ago when we retired from the leading position,” where they experienced continuous reliability issues then faced disqualification.
“We know we had the speed all year – I think a tremendous job (was done) by all the boys and girls at Jackie Chan DC Racing, JOTA Sport, our technical partner, and of course Goodyear.”
The lasting yet intense fight spread the duties across two drivers per car, with Anthony Davidson followed by reigning Formula E champion Antonio Felix Da Costa on the #38.
The #37 put Will Stevens, followed by Ho-Ping Tung, under the pressure.
During the transitions of their final driver changes, both pit crews were also under the heat and their pit stop times were identical to one another at a minute long.
“I think we’ve made the package extremely competitive this year.
“We’ve improved a lot and (in) this race, the two (#37 and #38) cars were definitely the cars to beat.
“Amazing to end the season on a high like this,” he concluded in what is rumoured to be the final race for the Jackie Chan DC Racing car, which may be renamed as a JOTA teammate entry.