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Valencia: Ho-Ping Tung race one report

Ho-Pin Tung loses top position due to failing wheel gun A long pitstop caused by a failing wheelgun has cost Ho-Pin Tung a potential top position during GP2's ultimate round at the Valencia racetrack in Spain. Right before the start of...

Ho-Pin Tung loses top position due to failing wheel gun

A long pitstop caused by a failing wheelgun has cost Ho-Pin Tung a potential top position during GP2's ultimate round at the Valencia racetrack in Spain.

Right before the start of the race it started to rain. The BCN Competicion Team made the right choice by putting Ho-Pin's car on slick tyres because after a couple of laps the rain stopped and the track was drying.

An amazing drive by Ho-Pin from a 21st-place starting position to fifth place in just a matter of time and 35 seconds clear of Luca Fillipi in sixth should have been enough to make his mandatory pitstop. At that point the team decides to call him in for the required pitstop.

During the pitstop immediately the wheelgun at the right rear wheel failed and the wheel did not come loose. In all the consternation even more time was lost because fitting the new wheel on the car again gave problems. Finally, thanks to a second wheelgun, Ho-Pin's 30-second pitstop was finally over and he joined the race again.

The result of this unfortunate pitstop resulted in a overall loss of 1 minute and dropping back to position 12. He crossed the finishline in 11th place which will be his starting position for Sunday's race.

Ho-Pin: 'You will always see, things like this only happen when you are driving in a very good position. But that is part of the game, that's racing.'

-credit: hopintung.com

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