Published on December 5th, 2017 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Lightning Run by WIN Motorsport Halted by Engine Failure
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.