Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport embraces its new challenge for the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with their new driver line-up for the season-opening 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium this weekend.
The previous season marked an astonishing start of the new partnership between Jackie Chan DC Racing and JOTA Sport, who together achieved a stunning Le Mans 24 Hours victory and second place in LMP2 class and double podium overall. It was great misfortune to miss the WEC LMP2 championship title only for things out of control.
Having accomplished a positive official Prologue at Circuit Paul Ricard, with around 2830km of mileage under its belt and useful information collected during the two-day pre-season test, the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours-winning team is ready for the new campaign with full confidence and refreshed ambitions heading to the opening round of the 2018-19 WEC Super Season.
The two ORECA-Gibson 07s operated by JOTA Sport will return to the competition in the first of eight endurance races that will decide the 2018-19 WEC LMP2 class title.
Team founder, David Cheng explains that the new structure of the team has been a fresh challenge not just personally for him as team principal, but for everyone in the team.
“This year I have a different role. It’s a different way of looking at the race. In some ways, it’s even a much bigger challenge being overseeing the construction of the team”, said Cheng.
“From the very first race of the season, we will target at winning. I think we have strong line-ups with both cars. We will be motivated to grab as many points as possible at Spa in order to have good points buffer going to Le Mans. And we are very confident with the package we have, which obviously delivered very strong results last year. But now we are building from scratch. In terms of operation in any race team, you always have thing to improve and something to learn. There are many lessons we learned from last year and will be implemented into this year to make ourselves strong from the beginning”.
Despite a mass exodus from last season’s bumper LMP2 field to the non-hybrid LMP1 ranks, JOTA Sport Director, Sam Highnett firmly believes that the second-tier WEC class will still be a toughly fought contest.
“It’s shame that there are not so many cars in LMP2 but the cars remaining are very competitive”, said Highnett.
“I think the fight will just be as difficult as last year and the challenge will just be as the same. But it’s a challenge we are looking forward to. Both of our cars are very strong this year. That’s exciting for the team. So, the expectation for Spa has to be to have both cars on the podium. And that’s our goal for Spa; that’s what need to try to achieve in the first race of the new season”.
Behind the wheel, the first-ever full Malaysian-driver line-up in WEC history with Nabil Jeffri, Jazeman Jaafar and Weiron Tan in the car #Fortunecat37 will make their competitive debut in the top-class endurance racing.
In the sister car #Mighty38, the core driver of the Anglo-Chinese team Ho-Pin Tung will return to the cockpit of the reigning Le Mans winning car with new teammates Stephane Richelmi and Gabriel Aubry.
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