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Jota to run Jackie Chan's World Endurance Championship LMP2 outfit

Baxi DC, 2016

The team co-founded by Hollywood action legend Jackie Chan is linking up with the British Jota Sport squad for an attack on the 2017 World Endurance Championship.

Jota, which last year entered the WEC under the G-Drive banner, will field a pair of ORECA-Gibson 07 LMP2 cars as Jackie Chan DC Racing.

The Chinese entrant is moving to Jota after fielding a single-car in last year's WEC together with the French Signatech team under the Baxi DC Racing Alpine flag, pictured.

Drivers confirmed so far are team co-owner David Cheng and former Renault Formula 1 test driver Ho-Pin Tung, who both raced the Signatech-run DC Racing ORECA last year.

"I am very excited that our team Jackie Chan DC Racing has joined forces with Jota Sport to create what I believe will be a very strong squad for 2017 in the WEC," Cheng said.

Jota boss Sam Hignett, whose squad took an end-of-season hat-trick in LMP2 last year, added: "This new alliance will ensure we can carry the momentum that both squads had from 2016 in to the current campaign and continue the winning ways which saw such a successful end to last season."

DC Racing was formed for the 2015/16 Asian Le Mans Series and captured LMP3 honours in its first season with Cheng and Tung.

It also fielded cars in LMP2 and P3 in the 2016/17 Asian LMS, claiming two outright victories with an ORECA-Nissan 03R.

European Le Mans Series winner Jota is focussing on the WEC in 2017 after long-time driver Simon Dolan opted not to continue in the European championship.

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