2017 Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 winner Stephane Richelmi has this morning been confirmed as the third full season driver in the ‘Mighty’ #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport ORECA 07 Gibson for the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship season.
Richelmi joins Ho Pin Tung and WEC newcomer Gabriel Aubry in the #38 alongside the sister #37 crew, this the previously announced all Malaysian squad of Jazeman Jaafar, Weiron Tan and Afiq Ikhwan Yazid.
Tung then is the sole remaining 2017 driver in the squad, one of the team’s founding drivers and part of the 2017 Le Mans winning crew, the 35-year-old Chinese, who led the iconic 24-hour race overall for two hours at Circuit de la Sarthe last year, will start his third full WEC season.
Richelmi, son of former World Rally Championship driver Jean-Pierre Richelmi, was the 2016 FIA WEC LMP2 Champion and Le Mans 24 Hours winner. He claimed the 2017-18 Asian Le Mans Series title with Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport and now will make his return to the FIA WEC and the famous Le Mans 24-hours with the China-flagged team.
After achieving five victories in Formula Renault over 2017 with two years of experience in the category, 19-year-old Aubry managed to stand on top of the LMP3-class podium in only his second race for Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport at the final round of the 2017-18 Asian Le Mans Series and played a pivotal role in clinching the LMP3 title for the team.
The new crew will head to the Prologue, which will take place at Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France on 6th-7th April.
David Cheng, co-founder of Jackie Chan DC Racing: Knowing that the #FortuneCat37 is in good hands this year with our returning Asian Le Mans crew of all Malaysian drivers with the support SIC, equally we have a formidable #Mighty38 line-up returning from Asian Le Mans with Richelmi, Aubrey and Tung. Ho-Pin and Stef both have Le Mans winning experience and has been teammates in sister cars in the past, and Aubry has shown great speed and mental fortitude with us. I’m confident in our team’s ability this year to challenge for top honors, and we look forward to kicking off the Super Season this weekend.
David Clark, director of JOTA Sport: It is great to welcome Stephane to the team. His pace and experience speak for themselves and alongside Gabi and Ho-Pin they will no doubt be challenging for the 2018-19 FIA WEC LMP2 title.
Ho-Pin Tung, driver of #Mighty38, Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport: The #Mighty38 is back! Once again, we have used our Asian Le Mans program to groom drivers for the WEC team, leading to these strong line-ups for both #Fortunecat37 and #Mighty38. With a great mixture between experience and talent the objective is clear: winning. The partnership – Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport has been highly successful in just its first year and we are all looking forward to reaching new heights together in the upcoming Super Season.
Gabriel Aubry, driver of #Mighty38, Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport: I’m incredibly happy to take part in the WEC super season with Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport. It is a childhood dream to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which has been my motivation since I started Go-kart at 8! Joining such a prestigious team like Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport is a blessing, and I’m much looking forward to learning from my teammates Stef and Ho-Pin!
Stéphane Richelmi, driver of #Mighty38, Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport: I’m delighted to be part of the team for the WEC Super Season. I’ve been close to David and Ho-Pin since we met in Alpine two years ago, I really appreciate them. They work hard together with JOTA Sport to become a reference in endurance races. While we together already won the Asian Le Mans, it was a kind of new starter: big things are now coming. I can’t wait to come back in this great championship after a difficult year with the GTs, and endurance suits me well.