The Asian Le Mans Series is preparing for the 2013 season with special interviews. The long time international and 2012 ROC driver Ho-Pin Tung shares his thoughts.
Ho-Pin Tung is a Dutch born Chinese racing driver. After winning Formula BMW Asia in 2003 and the German F3 Cup in 2006 he joined A1GP Team China scoring their first ever podium finish at the Australian GP. In 2008 he finished 2nd in the Monaco race of the GP2 Series, the F1 feeder series. After a successful test in the young driver days in 2009 the Renault F1 team announced Tung was signed as their third and reserve driver of the team for the 2010 season. Hence, Ho-Pin Tung became the first ethnic Chinese driver involved in F1. He retained this position in 2011 in addition to joining some races in IndyCar. In 2012 he has returned to racing in Asia taking part in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia with Budweiser Team StarChase.
Q: Are you interested in the LeMans Racing? Of course, I am a racing driver so always like to race. I spent two years as third- and reserve driver for Renault F1 team (later Lotus F1), which was an amazing experience. As a reserve driver you go to all the races and do some tests and demos. However, there was no chance of a racing seat and I wanted to go back racing again. The opportunity to join Budweiser in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia for my GT-racing debut was exciting and hopefully will lead to more. Le Mans is on the shortlist of every racing driver and if a good chance comes along of course I would definitely consider joining the Series.
Q: Do you know about the Asian LeMans Series? What's your first impression on the Series? Yes, I know. I think it is very good initiative and it's always exciting to see such a Series with many notable brands. Motorsports in Asia is developing very fast therefore to launch this Series now is a very good initiative.
Q: Will you drive in the Series? Who knows! I am currently in talks with several teams that are planning their participation in the series. If I will get a good opportunity, for sure I would be interested in racing in the Series.
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