Cheng-Tung win 3 Hours of Inje
OAK Racing Team Total started its defense of the title in LMP2 Class in grand style as the Chinese duo David Cheng and Ho-Pin Tung (pictured) managed to turn their pole position into a victory in the 3 Hours of Inje, first out of five Asian Le Mans Series 2014 rounds.
Starting from the pole in his Morgan-Judd car, Cheng did not spend much time leading the Race as Eurasia Motorsport‘s Richard Bradley (Oreca-Nissan) was able to pass on the first lap. Bradley drove a quick opening stint race to stretch the lead to 58 seconds. After a driver change for Eurasia to Tacksung Kim, Cheng was able to retake the lead. OAK’s Ho-pin Tung took over on lap 60 and produced some very quick lap times, including the fastest of the day at 1:25.148 and went all the way to the checkered flag to claim 1st place. Eventually Eurasia Motorsport’s car had to retire when Bradley crashed out with 17′ to go.
Craft-Bamboo Racing‘s Kevin Tse qualified first of the CN Class, but was overtaken by other two GT cars during the early stages of the race. On lap 28 its Ligier suffered some technical issues and incurred a lengthy time in the pit garage. After Frank Yu‘s steady stint he handed over to Mathias Beche. However, they continued to have issues with the car but managed to scrape home in 1st place for their category.
AAI-RSTRDA Team completed the overall podium with the BMW Z4 of Hanchen Chen–Ryohei Sakaguchi–Marco Seefried second, followed by Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 of Takamtsu Matsu–Tsuchiya Takeshi–Yu Lam.
Round 2 of the Asian Le Mans Series is scheduled for 29-31 August at the Fuji Speedway, in Japan.