Despite showing an impressive turn of speed on the Durban street circuit, Ho-Pin Tung was unable to add to A1 Team China's points tally in the South African leg of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

Tung saw any chance of a good result in the Sprint race go out of the window on the opening lap of the race when the Chinese entry was involved in an incident with the Malaysian car driven by Alex Yoong. Although his car was damaged in the incident, Tung was able to get going and make it to the finish of the race, although he had to settle for 14th place when he took the flag.

The Feature race had a promising start for the Chinese youngster and a brilliant first lap saw him climb up to seventh place. A series of pit stops for other drivers enabled Tung to the take the lead for six laps before heading for pit lane for his own mandatory stop. Rejoining in twelfth place, he was one of the quickest drivers on track but before he could climb back into the points, a broken gearbox put the Chinese entry out of the race.

"This was not the luckiest weekend of my career,'"he said. "In the Sprint race I had a good start but was hit in the rear of the car causing a damaged rear wing. This made me lose grip.

"I had a super start in the Feature race. Again my car was hit, I believe everyone could see the damage done to my car on TV. The first pit stops gave me the lead. After my own pit stop, which took too long, I was the quickest of the bunch. That felt good and I am sure that we could have made an impressive result here. The gearbox, though, gave more and more problems, especially when shifting up. At last the box broke and stalled the car. It is a pity that technical failure prevented us from scoring valuable point for China.

"The whole team, we all deserved better, because we proved that the we are quick."

 

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