Cheng Congfu will race at the Le Mans 24 Hours On June 1, Cheng Congfu successfully passed the test of Le Mans 24 Hours and he will race on June 14/15th weekend for Saulnier Racing. For Cong Fu Cheng, the young Chinese driver in the team's...
Cheng Congfu will race at the Le Mans 24 Hours
On June 1, Cheng Congfu successfully passed the test of Le Mans 24 Hours and he will race on June 14/15th weekend for Saulnier Racing.
For Cong Fu Cheng, the young Chinese driver in the team's LMP2 car, had some difficult logistical considerations which didn't make qualification easy! On Saturday at 3pm, he left the street circuit of Pau, where he had been racing in the Formula 3 Euroseries as an official driver for Volkswagen, and arrived at Le Mans at 11pm. The next day, he climbed aboard the LMP2 Pescarolo to make his mandatory ten laps in heavy rain at a circuit he'd never visited, before boarding a plane back to Pau at 1pm in time for race 2 of the Euroseries! Despite this incredible hectic schedule, which could easily have destabilised the youngster, Cong Fu Cheng, fully aware of the consequences for him and the team, was able to accomplish his goals, following the team's instructions perfectly and completing his laps with no mistakes while setting a very promising best lap time.
"The track is very long and that makes it difficult to memorise," said Cheng. "But the car was comfortable, easy to drive and to take control of. The track conditions were not easy and I was unable to use the full potential of the car, but I felt at home in a prototype even though it's very different from an F3 car."
Like all six Saulnier Racing drivers, Cheng left feeling a little frustrated at the lack of track time due to the difficult conditions. However, he still had time to impress the entire team with his calmness, talent and enthousiasm. "When he left, it already felt like he is an integral part of the team," said Team Manager Fran0x00e7ois Sicard. "There is a good team spirit within the squad and Cheng is already getting on well with his team mates. This gives us a lot of hope for the future. All the team has accomplished a huge amount since the start of the season and this last rehearsal before the 24 Hours has given us the feeling that we can have good success for both our cars if we are as efficient when the curtain is finally raised on the race."
Before catching his plane back to Pau, Cheng added," The Le Mans 24 Hours is the most popular race in China after Formula One and I am extremely proud to be the first Chinese driver to compete here. I cannot wait to come back."