Jim Ka To

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Jim, Ka To
2012 June Jim Kato 800.jpg
Jim Ka To preparing to race in ZIC in 2012.
Nationality Hong Kong Hongkonger
Born (1985-11-28) November 28, 1985 (age 31)
Hong Kong, China
Related to Jim Chong Shing
Asian Formula Renault Challenge career
Debut season 2003
Current team Frestech FRD
Car no. 5
Starts 14
Wins 8
Poles 7
Best finish 1st in 2008
Championship titles
2008 Asian Formula Renault Challenge Champion

Jim Ka To(traditional Chinese: 詹家圖) (born 28 November 1985 in Hong Kong), is a race car driver who competed in the 2001 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup and currently competes in the China Touring Car Championship.

The son of Hong Kong street car racer Jim Chong Shing, he started racing at an early age at the Zhuhai International Circuit. He showed great potential in the China Formula Campus series and was sent by Formula Racing Developments to La Filière in France to be trained to become a racing driver.

Upon his return, he took pole position in the Asian Formula 2000 race in Macau at the age of 16. But his single-seater career has stagnated since then. In 2011, he decided to move to touring cars.

2004[edit]

In 2004, Jim Ka To finished second in the Asian Formula Renault Championship. He then scored a sensational pole position in the Macau Formula Renault race, beating drivers like Kamui Kobayashi, Scott Speed and Bruno Senna.[1] But he crashed in the race and was taken to hospital for a check up. He was uninjured.[2]

He was signed by Red Bull to join their young drivers' programme for 2005 and was to join the Motorpark Oschersleben team that took Scott Speed to the 2004 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup title. But due to health problems, he returned to Hong Kong before entering any race in the 2005 series.

2007[edit]

In 2007, he is competing in the Asian Formula Renault Challenge and won two races in Zhuhai in January and finish best Asian driver this season. He is competing with Formula Racing Developments racing team, under the management of Kenneth Ma.

In November 2007, Jim Ka To has been announced as one of the drivers for Team PTRS for the 2007/08 Asian Formula Three Championship. He partnered Briton Matt Howson.[3]

2008 season[edit]

Ka To racing in Asian Formula Renault Championship in Zhuhai.

In 2008, Jim Ka To competes in the Asian Formula Renault Championship again for Formula Racing Developments, sponsored by Frestech Electrical Appliances. He will also compete in the Formula BMW Pacific Series' finale at the Macau Grand Prix.[4]

From 13 to 16 November 2008, Jim Ka To took part in the Formula BMW Pacific race in Macau. He qualified 12th [5] and crashed in the race. His crash caused the race to be stopped and he was classified 7th in the final results.[6]

On 13 and 14 December 2008, Jim Ka To competed in the final two rounds of the Asian Formula Renault Championship. He won both races and became the 2008 Asian Formula Renault Champion, beating Geoffrey Kwong.[7]

2008 Assault case[edit]

On 4 November 2008, Ka To was arrested by the police for suspicion of assault at the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal.[8]

Jim Ka To was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, inflicting grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.[9] On 26 May 2009, he was found guilty by the Kwun Tong Magistracy.[10] He is instantly imprisoned and he received a 15-month sentence on 16 June 2009.[11] After three months in jail, he was released on appeal on 16 September 2009.[12]

2009 Formula BMW Pacific[edit]

Jim Ka To racing in the 2009 Formula BMW Pacific race in Macau.

After being released from jail, he entered the 2009 Formula BMW Pacific race at the 2009 Macau Grand Prix.[13] He finished fourth in the race. It was the eighth time he raced in Macau.[14]

2010 Formula BMW Pacific[edit]

Jim Ka To competed again in the Macau round of the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific season. He qualified 13th [15] and finished 7th.[16]

2010 accident and conviction[edit]

At 2am on 23 June 2010, Jim Ka To crashed his friend's car into the back of a taxi on Cherry Street in Hong Kong. He was convicted of careless driving and driving an uninsured car on 10 January 2010 at the Kowloon City Magistrate. He was fined HK$2,900 with his driving license suspended for a year.[17]

2011 and 2012 China Touring Car Championship[edit]

In 2011 and 2012, Jim Ka To joined 778 Autosport and drove one of their Kias in the China Touring Car Championship.

2013 World Endurance Championship[edit]

Jim Ka To at the Silverstone 6 Hours with KCMG in 2013.

On 8 March 2013, KCMG announced that Jim Ka To will partner Alexandre Imperatori and Matt Howson to drive its no.47 Morgan-Nissan LMP2 entry at the 6 Hours of Silverstone, part of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship season.[18] The trio finished the race 6th in class and 12th overall, 5 laps behind the class winner.[19] Chinese driver Ho Pin Tung will take his place in the team for the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK))詹家圖信心爆棚!Oriental Daily. 21 November 2004.
  2. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK))詹家圖炒車送院幸無礙 Oriental Daily. 22 November 2004.
  3. ^ "Matt Howson and Jim Kato to race for PTRS". asianf3.net. 2007-11-09. Archived from the original on 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  4. ^ Formula BMW Pacific Macau entry list Formula BMW Pacific series Macau entry list.
  5. ^ 2008 Formula BMW Pacific Macau qualifying result
  6. ^ 2008 Formula BMW Pacific Macau race result
  7. ^ nimo (16 December 2008). "亚洲雷诺方程式锦标赛收官战:詹家图两回合夺双冠". 中国赛车网. Archived from the original on 15 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "盲亨兒子否認打傷夫婦". 香港商報. 2008-12-17. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Kwun Tong Magistracy court no. 3 case no: KTCC8138/2008
  10. ^ "盲亨兒子 打一家三口罪成 收監候判 盲亨亦因本案被通緝". 蘋果日報. 2009-05-27. 
  11. ^ "車手詹家圖傷人罪判囚十五個月". 頭條日報. 2009-06-16. 
  12. ^ "詹家圖坐監三個月終上訴脫罪". 頭條日報. 2009-09-17. 
  13. ^ Formula BMW Pacific Provisional Entry List Macau Grand Prix Official Website
  14. ^ Buller conquers Macau. BMW Motorsport 22.11.2009.
  15. ^ Formula BMW Pacific QUALIFYING 17:41 Saturday 20 November 2010 www.macau.grandprix.gov.mo
  16. ^ Formula BMW race result Sunday 21 November 2010.
  17. ^ 盲亨子撞車罰停牌 蘋果日報 2011年01月11日
  18. ^ "KCMG CONFIRMS HISTORIC 6 HOURS OF SILVERSTONE DEBUT IN APRIL". KCMG. 8 March 2013. 
  19. ^ Gary Watkins (14 April 2013). "Silverstone WEC: Audi claims one-two after dramatic finish". Autosport.com. 
  20. ^ Sam Tremayne (24 April 2013). "Ho Pin Tung gets KCMG Le Mans seat". autosport.com. 

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