OAK Racing Team Asia will defend its Asian Le Mans Series title with a Morgan-Judd, instead of the originally planned Ligier JS P2, it has been revealed.
The French squad confirmed Saturday its program for the five-round championship, which will see Ho-Pin Tung and 2013 series champion David Cheng return to the wheel of the Onroak Automotive-developed open-top LMP2 car.
Tung and Cheng, however, will still contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a HPD-powered Ligier, as the only all-Chinese driver lineup expected in the race.
“It’s a real achievement for our team and a great pleasure to start oﬀ again in 2014 for a full program in the Asian Le Mans Series with the Le Mans 24 Hours as the cherry on the cake,” said OAK Racing Team Asia program manager Remy Brouard.
“After a year’s apprenticeship with our drivers in Asia, our partners are very pleased to have a 100 percent Chinese driver line-up, which can fight at the front in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours.”
A test with the new Ligier-HPD is scheduled for May, while Tung will additionally being involved in the car’s development alongside Olivier Pla and Alex Brundle.
The team’s partners for its renewed Asian effort will be announced at a press conference in China, where the liveries of both cars will be unveiled.
OAK becomes the first team with a confirmed full driver lineup for the Asian LMS, with additional LMP2 entries expected by Murphy Prototypes, KCMG and Craft Racing.