Friday 23 March 2018

FIA WEC: Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport announce Full Malaysian line-up in #37 Oreca

Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport confirmed that the car #FortuneCat37 will feature the first ever full Malaysian driver line-up for the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

After a record-breaking season in the previous year, the winning squad of 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours in LMP2 class has committed to WEC by submitting its entry with two ORECA 07s powered by Gibson in the 2018-19 campaign.

Ahead of the Prologue, which will take place at Circuit Paul Ricard in South of France on 6th-7th April, the Anglo-Chinese team now confirms Nabil Jefferi, Jazeman Jaafar, Weiron Tan and Afiq Ikhwan Yazid will take the responsibility for car #FortuneCat37 to participate in all eight rounds of the Super Season, with three of them behind the wheel and the fourth one taking the reserve role.

Jaafar, Tan and Yazid already teamed up in 2017-18 Asian Le Mans Series sharing one of the team’s two ORECA-Nissan LMP2 cars and scored their first class win at the Buriram 6 Hours in Thailand early this year. Jeffri, who took part in GP2 and F2 in the previous two years, also impressed the China-flagged squad with his performance at Sepang 4 Hours where he finished on podium at his sports car debut.

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David Cheng, co-founder of Jackie Chan DC Racing said "I am very happy to have the full Malaysian line-up and the massive support from Sepang International Circuit on our #FortuneCat37 car going to the WEC Super Season, Le Mans 24 Hours and the planned Asian Le Mans Series". 
They showed their speed, capability, commitment and working ethics at the previous Asian Le Mans series. It all makes sense they as drivers can deliver for the team. The whole deal came together very quickly and smoothly, as we share the same vision of achieving great result at one of the most competitive racing environments.

Also, we are very excited to be the host of the opportunity for the first ever full Malaysian line-up in a WEC season. And to do something like that is a special thing. As a team together, I think we can achieve great result and we are really looking forward to kicking-off the season at the Prologue."

Sam Hignett, director of Jota Sport: "It’s very exciting to have all Malaysian drivers squad in our #FortuneCat37 car in WEC Super Season and two editions of Le Mans 24 hours.  All four drivers have showed great pace in their sports car debut over the winter. And it will be an impressive line-up which will have three drivers in the final race seats. As a team, we have a lot of success with complete single-nationality driver line-up winning Le Mans in 2014 with an all British line-up. So it will be great to win Le Mans again with an all Malaysian driver line-up.