DIFFICULT GP2 WEEKEND FOR HO-PIN TUNG IN MALAYSIA Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung left Malaysia for traveling to Shanghai after two difficult and disappointing GP2-races at the Sepang circuit. Sunday's race he finished 16th after a pale race. In wet...
DIFFICULT GP2 WEEKEND FOR HO-PIN TUNG IN MALAYSIA
Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung left Malaysia for traveling to Shanghai after two difficult and disappointing GP2-races at the Sepang circuit. Sunday's race he finished 16th after a pale race. In wet conditions on Saturday it went much better than on the dry on Sunday. In the first race Ho-Pin Tung's lap times were excellent and he could join the fighting club at the top of the field. An unfortunate collision made an end to his ambitions. ' On Sunday the speed was simply not there; on the dry the car was not quick enough. I had a good start and was able to overtake several guys. I lost the gained positions again in the crowd and brake problems did the rest,' says a disappointed Ho-Pin Tung right after the race.
Race 1 on Saturday in the rain was one of Ho-Pin Tungs strong ones, although the result did not show. His lap times were the same as those of the top op the field. The young racing driver had to accept the disappointing DNF behind his name. After a rocket start he found himself at P 6 and improving every lap he made it to P4, which position he could hold for a long time. He spun in a heavy fight with the future race winner on the soaking wet track. Ho-Pin could rejoin in eighth position. Attempting to regain his lost position Ho-Pin did very good lap times, as fast as the top of the field. It was difficult to plan his pit stop strategically, because of failing radio gear. After having pitted Ho-Pin rejoined the race coming into in a group of cars and was defending his position. On the still too cold new tires he went a little wide in one of the corners. There were several touches, one of them causing a bended steering shaft in Ho-Pin's car, so that he was unable to continue. With a little more luck Ho-Pin Tung could have claimed a top result, but as it says in motor racing: To finish first you first have to finish.
Qualification on Friday went well, after gradually stronger free practices at the Sepang track. P13 gave hope for a finish in the points. It felt good that I could make my flying laps faster systematically, the sector times were good and I was able to bring them together in fast laps. If the car is good, it sure is now, than ever faster laps are possible, this qualy has proven,' says Ho-Pin Tung right after the qualification session in hot and humid conditions.