OAK Racing Team Total kept their undefeated record in the Asian Le Mans Series intact, claiming another convincing victory in Sunday’s season-ending Three Hours of Sepang.
Ho-Pin Tung, David Cheng and newcomer Yuan Bo took their Morgan-Judd to a two-lap win over the No. 27 Eurasia Motorsport Oreca 03 Nissan, in what was another flawless display for the French squad, featuring an all-Chinese driver lineup.
Cheng started from pole and bridged out an early gap over the Eurasia entry prior to the first round of pit stops, while LMP2 debutant Bo completed his middle stint without incident, before handing over Tung for the remainder of the race, which ended in a downpour.
The victory solidified the championship for the team and season-long drivers Tung and Cheng. It marked Cheng’s second consecutive Asian LMS title, both coming with OAK.
“It’s been a really great two years, racing with the team, and today was the culmination of everything we’ve learnt in the past two years,” Cheng said. “I think it’s one of my best performances of the year.
“At the start of the stint, I pulled a 15 second lead over Pu Jun Jin, who is an excellent driver for Eurasia. By the time we pitted, we were a lap ahead. From there, I handed over to my team mates, who did a fantastic job as well. I think our race pace was really fast today.”
Added Tung: “Four races this season, four wins, three pole positions… I don’t think we could have done a lot better than we’ve done, and I think once again it shows that OAK Racing in endurance racing, in LMP2, is the benchmark in the world.”
While having started last on the grid, Clearwater Racing stormed to victory in GT, giving the Malaysian squad a class win on home soil. The Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 finished third overall, while both of the CN cars again struggled but managed to both be classified in the end.
The No. 77 Craft-Bamboo Racing Ligier JS 53 Evo of Frank Yu, Kevin Tse and Jonathan Venter scored class honors, with the team locking up the CN championship as well.
All eight cars the started the race took the checkered flag, completing the second season of the championship, which will go under reorganization of the ACO for next year.
RESULTS: Three Hours of Sepang