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Jackie Chan’s racing team claims second and third place finish at Le Mans after disqualification

Second car in the LMP2 class Oreca-Gibson team co-owned by the Hong Kong actor and stuntman promoted after irregularities found with rival

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 June, 2017, 12:49pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 June, 2017, 12:49pm

Hong Kong actor and stuntman Jackie Chan saw his second car upgraded to third place in the Le Mans 24-hour race after a disqualification, adding to the runner-up spot already secured at the weekend.

Porsche’s Timo Bernhard overtook Tung Ho-pin in the LMP2 class Oreca-Gibson co-owned by Chan with less than an hour to go to claim a 19th Le Mans title for the German constructor.

Tung went on to bring Jackie Chan DC Racing’s first car in second place overall in the 85th edition of the fabled endurance race on Sunday and first in the LMP2 class.

But Chan’s second car, piloted by David Cheng, Tristan Gommendy and Alex Brundle, leapfrogged the Oreca piloted by Nelson Piquet Jr, Mathias Beche and David Hansson into third after they were found to have modified the body of their car and were also penalised for “unauthorised intervention in the closed park after the race”.

“During the post-race technical checks, certain irregularities were detected on the Vaillante Rebellion team’s #13 Oreca 07-Gibson, resulting in the car’s disqualification,” organisers said.

Oreca have confirmed their intention to appeal against the penalty.

Chan did not attend Le Mans this year due to a prior engagement in Shanghai, but said: “How exciting! It’s exactly like when I got an Oscar. Really, watching it on video, I’m just sorry I could not be there.

“But, anyway, no matter where you are, we win! We have to continue now, work hard for next year, and coming years and years.”