The Chinese duo will share the sports prototype from the Onroak Automotive workshops with American, Mark Patterson, a very experienced gentleman driver.
The no. 35 Morgan-Judd LM P2, which finished third in LM P2 in Fuji driven by Keiko Ihara, Alex Brundle and Gustavo Yacaman, has been entered for three rounds of the FIA WEC and next on the list is the Shanghai 6 Hours. For this race OAK Racing is again putting its trust in Ho-Pin Tung and David Cheng.
This month they have already won the third round of the Asian Le Mans Series on the same circuit with the same car. The Chinese duo will share the sports prototype from the Onroak Automotive workshops with American, Mark Patterson, a very experienced gentleman driver.
I am happy that I will be sharing the car with my long-time team-mate David Cheng again and would like to extend a warm welcome to Mark Patterson for what is our home race here in Shanghai.
On 11th October Ho-Pin Tung and David Cheng clinched victory with a Morgan-Judd LM P2 in the Shanghai 3 Hours giving themselves the drivers’ title and OAK Racing the teams’ crown in the Asian Le Mans Series. Boosted by this success the two Chinese drivers at the wheel of the no. 35 OAK Racing Morgan-Judd LM P2 will be back this weekend to take the fight to the best international aces. They both know the car inside out as they have already racked up several victories in it.
David Cheng, who took part in this race last year with OAK Racing, and Ho-Pin Tung are determined to shine in front of their home crowd and their partners. They will have in the Morgan-Judd LM P2 shod with Dunlop tyres a new team-mate in the person of Mark Patterson, making his debut with OAK Racing, who has accumulated a great deal of experience in single-seaters, GTs and sports prototypes, and who likes the challenge posed by the technical International Shanghai circuit very much.
Ho-Pin Tung: “After our victorious last race here in Shanghai in the Asian Le Mans Series I am looking forward to competing in the 6 Hours of Shanghai WEC race. It will be a tough battle for us. I am happy that I will be sharing the car with my long-time team-mate David Cheng again and would like to extend a warm welcome to Mark Patterson for what is our home race here in Shanghai.”
David Cheng: “I'm very excited to race again in Shanghai in the WEC. Having taken part in this race last year with OAK Racing and having recently scored a victory here winning my second Asian Le Mans Series title. I feel like we have a lot of momentum riding with Ho-Pin and myself as we race in front of our home crowd and partners Orsun and Total. Look forward to welcoming Mark Patterson who I've seen around the paddock in my American Le Mans series days. Our aim will be the podium.”
Mark Patterson: “I can’t wait to get back to this magnificent track, having last participated in the Formula BMW series there when China hosted its first ever-F-1 race. It’s a really wonderful track with ample technical areas to separate mice from men, plus solid passing opportunities. While I’ve driven prototypes for some time, this is my first race with the team, doubling the excitement of participating in this WEC event.”