Date posted on October 11, 2014 · Published by Mark Goddard
James Winslow, Pu Jun Jin and John Hartshorne finished in second place in Eurasia Motorsport’s Oreca Nissan LMP2 at the Shanghai round of the Asian Le Mans Series, Winslow setting a new Asian Le Mans lap record in the process. Pu Jun Jin and Oak’s David Cheng entertained their home crowd with a hard battle fought like a ten lap sprint race. John Hartshorne started the race and did well to finish his stint on the same lap as Oak’s David Cheng. After the first pit stops Pu Jun Jin was on the tail of Cheng and desperately trying to find a way past to put the car back on the lead lap. The clearly faster Eurasia driver was frustrated by the defensive Cheng, at one point both drivers driving off the track at the final hairpin and then going side by side though the last turn. Once Cheng pitted Pu Jun Jin was released and was able to demonstrate his true pace. Winslow then took over for a double stint to the end of the race, setting the fastest lap in the process.“We tried a different strategy by starting with John, his job was to limit the loss and keep the car on the lead lap and he really stepped up to plate and did just that.” reports Team Principal Mark Goddard. “One benefit of running two drivers, as Oak did this time, is that the first driver can run longer in their first stint and then short fuel to run to the end of their 90 minute minimum time. This saves a lot of refueling time for two of the three stops. As a result Pu Jun Jin rejoined behind David Cheng but quickly drafted up to his tail. They then put on a great show for their home crowd with some heart stopping moments. We needed to be on the same lap and then a safety car would have given us a genuine chance of winning. However it was a long shot and without the help of the safety car we were still a lap behind when James took over. He drove very well recording the fastest lap in his pursuit of Ho Pin Tung. Once again we have demonstrated we have the speed to win and its good preparation for our 2015 ELMS campaign.” Eurasia use Motul lubricants, Sideways Driving Club simulators and Axcel race wear.