HO-PIN TUNG: GOOD PACE BUT UNFORTENATELY NO POINTS Ho-Pin Tung was again the talk of the paddock at the 'Circuit de Catalunya', near Barcelona because of his super starts in both GP-2 races of this weekend. In Saturdays' race the young driver ...
HO-PIN TUNG: GOOD PACE BUT UNFORTENATELY NO POINTS
Ho-Pin Tung was again the talk of the paddock at the 'Circuit de Catalunya', near Barcelona because of his super starts in both GP-2 races of this weekend. In Saturdays' race the young driver made his ambitions clear right after the start by overtaking six fellow contenders. In Race 2, on Sunday, he proved again his reputation by ending the first lap at P 14, while he started from the 23rd place on the grid. In both races there were unfortunately no championship points for China's hope. 'But I would like to speak of a good race, today,' he said, still with his helmet on. ' My lap times were good, the team did a fantastic job to the car, finally I can drive the Trident on the limit and I can push,' said a reasonably happy Ho-Pin Tung.
Looking back at the weekend Ho-Pin explained: 'Mike (Conway) and I have the same pace, the car is much better than during the test sessions here, earlier this year. We should now concentrate on filling the small gap in lap times, there is between us and the top. But results as in point finishes will come, I am sure. We are on the right track to good results, we were awaiting so long.'
Spaniard Roldan Rodriguez made an end to Ho-Pin Tungs' ambitions by riding over him from the back. In turn 3 of the circuit Ho-Pin went a little wide because of too cold tyres and he lost a place. Struggling to fight his way up again Rodrigues came from behind and did not manage to avoid the Trident of Ho-Pin Tung. 'He just ran over my car, the tyre tracks were all over the body of my car.' This meant the end of the race. In the Sunday edition of the GP-2 races in Spain Ho-Pin Tung made it to P14 after his super start. In that position he spun off right after a malfunction of the gearbox. 'Suddenly I was not able to shift up, and by trying to re-engage the gears I lost a bit of time. After that I pushed a little too hard and I went off' explains Ho-Pin Tung. A fourteenth place at the finish was the result. 'Yet I am happy, especially because of the much better performance of the car. It is disappointing still that we could turn the good pace into a points result.'