OAK Racing has announced that Chinese racer Ho-Pin Tung will lead its driver line-up in the Asian Le Mans series behind the wheel of the French squad’s No. 24 Morgan LM P2.
The championship sees four countries across Asia hosting six three-hour events similar to those of its European Le Mans Series counterpart. Like the ELMS, LM P2 has been designated as the premier prototype category, allowing OAK Racing to fight for overall race victories and the championship with its Onroak Automotive designed and built prototype that will this year carry its traditional pink and black livery.
Tung’s extensive single-seater CV includes reserve driver roles with Williams, Renault and Lotus Formula 1 teams, as well as titles in Formula BMW Asia and German F3. This will be his first experience of driving a sports-prototype however.
The 30-year-old has been China’s most high-profile and successful racing driver during the last decade and can expect a strong reception from his home crowd at Zhuhai, Shanghai and Ordos in the opening three rounds.
“Being a Chinese driver I am very proud to have the opportunity to defend my country’s colours in this new series in Asia that has been instigated by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest,” Tung said. “Competing in the Asia pendant of the prestigious Le Mans Series thrills me. This should contribute a great deal to the development of endurance racing in Asia. For my debut in this new series I am very pleased to be working with OAK Racing, a French team that has enjoyed much success in LM P2 and one that is willing to implement a sustainable base in Asia. The Morgan LM P2 has already demonstrated its performance in several other series, including the FIA World Endurance Championship. The conditions appear ripe to achieve great things together.”