10 Oct FIA WEC – 6H OF FUJI – JAPAN – ROUND #2/8
FIA WEC / 6H OF FUJI / JAPAN – ROUND #2/8 – OCTOBER 6TH, 2019
P2 FOR GABRIEL AUBRY AT FUJI !
Last weekend, Gabriel Aubry headed to the Fuji circuit in Japan for the second round of the 2019-2020 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC).
After a tough first round at Silverstone at the start of September for the season opener, Gabriel Aubry set pole position during the qualifying sessions and climbed onto the second step of the LMP2 podium with his teammates Ho Pin Tung & Will Stevens at the end of the 6 hours of racing at the famous FUJI SPEEDWAY.
The #37 JACKIE CHAN DC RACING team are currently third in the overall FIA WEC LMP2 classification.
His next meeting will be next weekend in Atlanta (USA) for the IMSA Championship final on the legendary Petit Le Mans track with PR1 Mathiasen Motorsport, with whom Gabriel is aiming for the IMSA NAEC 2019 title
GABRIEL AUBRY – #37 JACKIE CHAN DC RACING :
“This was a weekend that could have ended in victory, because we’d solved the problems that we’d had in Silverstone! During the practice sessions, everything went well and we were very confident. But in the last part of the race, we lost more and more power, ending up crossing the line at 25km/h in 3rd place. It was a miracle that we made it to the finish! In the end, we’re doing well because our sister car, the #38, was penalised, which gave us the 2nd step on the podium! The final result isn’t too bad as we’re getting good points in the championship with this second place.”
THE RUNDOWN OF THE RACE :
- Started in LMP2 pole position
- Gabriel took the lead
- After being a bit jostled in the first few laps, he climbed up to 3rd at the end of his stint and passed the wheel to Will Stevens.
- The level was still very high and there were lots of changes in the race due to the weather conditions , and it rained twice…
- As the laps went by, the strategy the team put in place started to pay off and Will Stevens placed their #37 ORECA GIBSON at the head of the LMP2 category.
- Since the start of the race, the drivers were handicapped by a drop in engine power with every lap covered.
- When Ho Pin Tung took the lead for the last part of the race, the engine problems intensified and the engine continued to lose power, leading them to finish the last 30 minutes going less than 25 km/h on the straight.
- The crew of Aubry/Tung/Stevens crossed the finish line in third place, before being upgraded to 2nd position following the penalty imposed to the sister car #38.
Gabi Aubry // © Photos // DPPI