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Congfu Cheng

Cheng Congfu (Frankie) (; pinyin: Chéng Cóng F?; born August 15, 1984) is a Chinese racing driver.

Career

Karting

In 1996, Cheng raced in karting in China, winning the national championship in 1998 (junior division), 2000 and 2001.[1] He also took part in the European Karting Open (15th in 1999) and the Asian Karting Championship (runner-up in 2001).

  • 1996 : 1st in Beijing Shunxiang Cup Karting Competition
  • 1997 : 1st in Beijing Shunxiang Cup Karting Competition ; 2nd in Beijing Zhuangzhou Karting
  • 1998 : 1st in Beijing Karting Championship ; 1st in China Karting Championship Junior division ; Macau Kart Racing Club ; 1st in Xiangmihu Kart Racing Club
  • 1999 : 15th in European Karting Open ; 2nd in China Karting Championship ; 1st in Macao Karting Championship ; 1st in Ericsson Masters Cup Challenge in Hong Kong
  • 2000 : 1st in China Karting Championship ; 1st in Ericsson Masters Cup Challenge in Hong Kong
  • 2001 : 1st in All-China Karting Championship ; 2nd in Asia Karting Championship

Racing career

Cheng Congfu started his formula racing career with the British Formula Ford Winter Series in 2001. In 2003 he will be supported by the McLaren Formula One team, as part of its driver development programme.[1]

Cheng driving for A1 Team China at Zhuhai in 2007.

He joined A1 Team China and drove in the A1 Grand Prix series from the 2006-07 season[2] in the 2008-09 season.

He raced in the Formula Three Euroseries for 2008.

He became the first Chinese driver to participate,[3] finish and score a class podium in the 24 Hours of Le Mans when his Saulnier Team LMP2 Pescarolo finished 3rd in the LMP2 class of the 2008 event, behind the teams of van Merksteijn and Team Essex, both running Porsche Spyder LMP2s.

Cheng made his DTM début at Hockenheim in 2010.

On 23-24 May 2009, Cheng Congfu participated in the ADAC Nurburgring 24 Hours, with teammates Altfrid Heger, Carlo van Dam, and Franck Mailleux in VW Motorsport III's #116 VW Scirocco GT 24 (4 cyl, 1.984 ccm, 1100 kg), the team finished 20th overall and 3rd in SP3T class after Volkswagen Motorsport II's #118 VW Scirocco GT 24 and #107 Audi A3. Cheng Congfu then became the first Chinese driver to participate, finish and score a class podium in the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

He drove in the 2010 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters for Mercedes, becoming the second Asian driver - after Japan's Katsutomo Kaneishi in 2003 - to drive in the series.

In November 2011, Cheng Congfu partnered with 1998 and 1999 F1 World Champion Mika Häkkinen and Lance David Arnold to drive a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG at the 2011 6 Hours of Zhuhai race, a round of the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.[4]

Racing record

Racing career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2003 Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship Hill Speed Racing 9 0 0 0 0 19 30th
2004 Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship Manor Motorsport 16 0 0 0 0 66 22nd
2005 Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship Manor Motorsport 18 0 0 0 1 217 11th
Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series 4 1 2 1 3 101 2nd
2006 Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship Manor Motorsport 20 0 1 0 8 374 3rd
French Formula Renault 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 34th
2006-07 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team China 12 0 0 0 0 22? 15th?
2007 British Formula 3 International Series - National Performance Racing Europe AB 20 5 4 8 15 267 2nd
Masters of Formula 3 Manor Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 19th
2007-08 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team China 20 0 0 4 1 55? 13th?
2008 Formula 3 Euro Series RC Motorsport powered by Volkswagen 16 0 0 0 0 0 29th
Macau Grand Prix Signature-Plus 2 0 0 0 0 N/A 13th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 Saulnier Racing 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 3rd
2008-09 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team China 4 0 0 0 0 7? 18th?
2009 24 Hours of Nürburgring - SP3T Volkswagen Motorsport 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 3rd
2010 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Persson Motorsport 11 0 0 0 0 0 17th
2012 FIA World Endurance Championship Rebellion Racing 1 0 0 0 0 12 24th
Blancpain Endurance Series - Pro Black Faklcon 2 0 0 0 1 18 18th
2013 FIA World Endurance Championship Rebellion Racing 3 0 0 0 0 17 18th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP1 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 8th
American Le Mans Series - P1 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Asian Le Mans Series OAK Racing 1 0 1 1 1 19 9th
GT Asia Series - GT3 Team R8 LMS Ultra 4 0 0 0 0 43 12th
Audi R8 LMS Cup China Audi Ultra Team 9 0 0 1 5 98 5th
2014 Blancpain Endurance Series - Pro Brothers Racing Team 3 0 0 0 0 16 21st
Audi R8 LMS Cup China Audi R8 LMS Cup Team 12 2 1 0 4 130 4th
2015 Audi R8 LMS Cup China FAW-VW Audi Racing Team 11 0 0 0 7 160 2nd
24 Hours of Nürburgring - SP9 Audi Race Experience 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 12th
2016 GT Asia Series - GT3 Absolute Racing 4 0 0 0 0 13 19th
FIA GT World Cup 2 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
Audi R8 LMS Cup China FAW-VW Audi Racing Team 12 0 0 0 0 70 7th
24 Hours of Nürburgring - SP9 Audi Race Experience 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
2016-17 Asian Le Mans Series - GT Absolute Racing 1 0 0 0 0 10 14th
2017 Blancpain GT Series Asia - GT3 Milestone Racing 11 0 0 0 0 15 25th
Audi R8 LMS Cup FAW-VW Audi Racing Team 10 1 1 0 3 127 3rd
2018 Blancpain GT Series Asia - GT3 Absolute Racing 12 1 1 0 3 116 4th
GT Asia Series - GT3 4 0 1 0 2 0 NC+
Audi R8 LMS Cup Hard Memory Hero Super Car Team 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC+
2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia - GT3 Audi Sport Asia Team Absolute Racing 12 0 0 0 0 4 36th

+ Guest driver ineligble to score points

? Teams' Standings

Complete A1 Grand Prix results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Complete DTM results

(key)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Points
2010 Persson Motorsport AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2008 HOC
13
VAL
12
LAU
12
NOR
14
NÜR
12
ZAN
16
BRH
13
OSC
Ret
HOC
Ret
ADR
13
SHA
15
17th 0

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2008 France Saulnier Racing France Pierre Ragues
France Matthieu Lahaye
Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP2 333 18th 3rd
2013 Switzerland Rebellion Racing Switzerland Mathias Beche
Italy Andrea Belicchi
Lola B12/60-Toyota LMP1 275 40th 8th

References

  1. ^ a b Cheng presentation Archived December 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine a1teamchina.com.cn
  2. ^ Cheng Cong Fu Archived December 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine results.a1gp.com
  3. ^ "Cheng to be first Chinese at Le Mans". autosport.com. 2008-06-05. Retrieved .
  4. ^ 2011 ILMC Zhuhai Entry List Archived 2011-10-27 at the Wayback Machine www.lemans.org/en Retrieved 26 October 2011.

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