Lightning Run by WIN Motorsport Halted by Engine Failure at Fuji

Lightning Run by WIN Motorsport Halted by Engine Failure at Fuji

03.12.2017: •Team storms to LMP3 race lead off start at iconic Fuji Speedway •Rivals kept at bay with impressive race-winning

•Team storms to LMP3 race lead off start at iconic Fuji Speedway

•Rivals kept at bay with impressive race-winning pace

•Engine timing chain failure prematurely halts thunderous run




 Against the backdrop of the Japan’s majestic Mount Fuji, WIN Motorsport proved they are lightning-quick as they stormed into the LMP3 lead off the start at the 4 Hours of Fuji, Round 2 of the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series. However, the Hong Kong team’s blinding pace was brought to a premature halt when an engine timing chain failure ended their race before the first hour was up.



Starting from the front row of the LMP3 grid, WIN Motorsport rocketed into the class lead, moving up to third in the overall order behind two of the more powerful LMP2 cars. Despite conceding one class place, the team masterfully resisted all other challenges, remaining comfortably in podium contention and clocking consistently quick laps.



However, as the WIN Motorsport Ligier JS P3 LMP3 came out of the famous Dunlop Chicane just before the 50 minute mark, it was clear there was an engine power problem and driver Philippe Descombes brought the car into the pits. Once there, it quickly became apparent that the engine timing chain had failed.




That left WIN Motorsport with no choice but to retire for the second time in as many races and, once again, through no fault of their own. Hong Kong WIN Motorsport driver and team owner William Lok and Le Mans winner Richard Bradley were both denied the opportunity to capitalise on the superb start Descombes had made, neither putting a wheel on track.




Fired up with renewed determination though, WIN Motorsport will be back in action and stronger than ever when the Asian Le Mans Series continues at Thailand’s Chang International Circuit in Buriram from January 11-13. The marathon six hour endurance race will test both man and machine to the limit, and WIN Motorsport will be more than ready to take on all comers.





WIN Motorsport Quotes:




William Lok, WIN Motorsport Owner and Driver



“Our brilliant start to take the LMP3 lead demonstrated just how strong our race pace is, and it’s frustrating not to be able to convert our racing strength into a win. A puncture in Zhuhai in Round 1, and now a technical failure which was entirely beyond our control, do not reflect the team’s true strength.


“We must now have had more than our share of bad luck, so you can bet that WIN Motorsport will be back, stronger and even more determined to convert our sensational pace into victory. See you in Thailand in January!”





Stewart Wild, WIN Motorsport Team Manager




“A great qualifying session, a front-row grid position and a phenomenal race start show just how strong WIN Motorsport is. We know we have the skill, talent, expertise, commitment and determination. If everything were in our hands, we would have proved we have the pace to win today.





Unfortunately in racing, there are elements beyond our control, and these have so far conspired against us. The entire team is more determined than ever to convert our form into victory and show just how strong WIN Motorsport is.”





- Nikki Kemp -   photos WIN

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03.12.2017 / MaP

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