DC Racing wins Asian Le Mans Series season-opener at Zhuhai

DC Racing started the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans season on a winning note, with its #35 crew of Ho-Pin Tung and Gustavo Menezes taking top honours in the 4 Hours of Zhuhai.

Tung took over the lead from Michael Munemann's #25 Algarve Pro Racing entry at the start of the race after the Englishman locked up into turn 1.

Although the #35 DC Racing Oreca 03R had to make more pitstops than its rivals, it was still able to romp to a comfortable 43.979s victory after four hours of racing.

The Chinese squad was investigated after one of its drivers allegedly overtook under the safety car, but the team escaped without any penalty.

Finishing second was the Judd-engined #24 Algarve Pro Racing entry of Tacksung Kim, Andrea Roda and Matt McMurry, the trio recovering positions lost earlier in the race.

The sister Algarve crew of Munemann, Nicky Catsburg and Andrea Pizzitola finished third, despite being handed a drive-through penalty for causing a collision with the #8 Race Performance machine.

Race Performance's Oreca 03R eventually stopped on the final lap, leading to an unfortunate retirement for the Swedish squad.

LMP3: DC Racing makes it a double

DC Racing also triumphed in the LMP3 class, with co-owner David Cheng, Pu Jun Jin and James Winslow taking the top spot of the podium.

Tockwith Motorsports, which also took part in the final two rounds of ELMS, finished second with the British duo of Nigel Moore and Philip Hanson.

G-Print by Triple 1 Racing claimed the final spot on the podium, the Taiwan team’s Ligier JS P3 driven by Julio Acosta and Hanss Lin.

GT: Ferrari takes one-two

In the GT class, AF Corse WEC driver Rui Aguas, Marco Cioci and Nasrat Muzayyin took victory in the Spirit of Performance-run Ferrari 488 GT3.

The #61 Clearwater Racing entry made it a one-two for the Italian manufacturer, while Lamborghini was represented on the podium by VS Racing in third.

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Series Asian Le Mans
Event Zhuhai
Track Zhuhai International Circuit
Drivers Ho-Pin Tung , Gustavo Menezes
Teams DC Racing
Article type Race report