Newly crowned Asian Le Mans Series champions DC Racing will step up to the FIA World Endurance Championship this year, having confirmed its LMP2 entry and alliance with Signatech Alpine.
Team owner/driver David Cheng and Ho-Pin Tung will take on the entire nine-round WEC season with an Alpine A460 Nissan. The team’s third driver will be announced at a later date.
The effort, which will run under the “Baxi DC Racing Alpine” banner will mark the first Mainland Chinese team to compete in the WEC, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, joining Hong Kong-based KCMG on the grid this year.
“To have the privilege to participate in [the 24 Hours of Le Mans] again as a driver and as the first Mainland Chinese team for the first time is very special,” Cheng said.
“Not only that but I am very proud to represent the Alpine brand for the FIA WEC season.
“I know that Alpine has a long and glorious History at Le Mans and endurance and I believe we have a competitive package in every aspect, especially with the Alpine A460-Nissan and anticipate the challenges to compete for the title.”
After having received technical support from Eurasia Motorsport in the Asian LMS, DC Racing’s WEC program will be operated by Signatech Alpine, as part 0f a two-car squad for the French team.
Both teams will utilize Oreca 05 chassis, rebadged to Alpine A460.
“We know [Signatech team principal] Philippe Sinault well and we have confidence in his management of the Alpine team,” said DC Racing team principal Remy Brouard.
“From our first meeting, we had the common desire to align two Alpine A460s in the WEC and at Le Mans. Our goal is to fight for the victory in every race.”
DC Racing has also revealed that renowned Chinese actor Jackie Chan is a founding partner of the team.
“Following a great performance by our team in the Asian Le Mans Series, I am happy that we will have the privilege to race in the WEC, and of course the 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” Chan said.
“I look forward to personally attending this year’s 24 hour race to support my team and my compatriot drivers David Cheng, Ho-Pin Tung.”