Sentul: Ho-Pin Tung race report

TUNG'S SOAKING WET A1GP DEBUT : 14TH PLACE Chinese Dutch Formula 3 Champion takes the wheel for Team China HO-PIN A 14th place was the maximum result for young Chinese Dutch racing driver Ho-Pin Tung in his first ever race in the A1GP nations ...

TUNG'S SOAKING WET A1GP DEBUT : 14TH PLACE
Chinese Dutch Formula 3 Champion takes the wheel for Team China HO-PIN

A 14th place was the maximum result for young Chinese Dutch racing driver Ho-Pin Tung in his first ever race in the A1GP nations cup race in Sentul, Indonesia, Sunday. He was invited to defend the honor of China in this weekends' race, under appalling weather conditions. He faced also several technical problems, preventing him from better results and was not able to score points for the championship. In the Feature Race's first stint he showed his talent and driving skills by doing lap times comparable with the head of the field, in heavy rain.

'Oversteer made better lap times in the Sprintrace impossible, midfield was the maximum. I drove a bit wide in one of the corners, went over the kerb stones and found myself stuck at the edge of the track', Ho-Pin Tung explains his DNF in the Sprintrace.

Due to his small excursion in the Sprintrace Ho-Pin Tung had to start at the back of the field in the main race. He drove an excellent first stint and fought his way up to the top ten, when the monsoon rain made racing very hard. Ho-Pin Tungs' impressive overtaking, from 21st to 8th position, vaporized because a not working set of fresh rain tires. 'Extremely bad tires that were', said Ho-Pin, 'and the change to slicks later, came a little early for me.'

Technical failures dominated Ho-Pin's debut weekend. A flat tire during free practice, braking problems during qualifying, electrical failures and a bad balanced car, this all he had to deal with.

The general impression of A1GP is positive though.' The team works good, my control of the car is good, look at my lap times in the first stint, and of course I was honored that I had the opportunity to compete for China. With less technical problems the result certainly would have been better,' Ho-Pin says. It has net yet been decided who takes the wheel in the next race, in New Zealand, January 21st, 2007.

-credit: hopintung.com

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