Solomon scores second-straight FMCS victory
INJE Speedium, Korea, 20 July 2014 —— Hong Kong’s Matthew Solomon (18) of Eurasia Motorsport earned his second-straight Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) victory. Indonesians Andersen Martono (17) of Meritus.GP and Darma Hutomo, who at 16 is the youngest driver this season, of Humpuss Junior Racing Team each reached the podium for the first time finishing second and third, respectively.
Eurasia Motorsport driver Yuan Bo, who is also a member of the Star Racing Academy, was the Best Chinese Driver for Round 3, finishing fourth in the dramatic Race 9. Hong Kong driver Ronald Wu (20) of Zen Motorsport rounded out the top five with his best finish of the season.
While Solomon was actually second across the line, a jump start penalty to Briton Dan Wells (22) of Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG saw Solomon promoted to first. Wells finished eighth.
Munro continues to lead the FMCS Drivers Classification, although his lead has now been cut to 28 points. Solomon has overtaken Wells to go second in the championship points standings, with Wells a further 15 points behind. Hutomo has moved up to fourth in the standings after securing his best finish to-date. Yuan continues to lead the race for the FMCS Best Chinese Driver Trophy.
Munro started the action-packed Race 9 from pole position with Wells alongside him. Solomon and Martono comprised the second row, with South Africa’s Matthew Swanepoel (19) of Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG and China’s Pu Jun Jin of Eurasia Motorsport on the third row. At the start, Munro and Wells, who would both be assessed for a jump start, were off like a rocket and the two had a coming together at Turn 1. Munro spun, ending his race, while Wells took the lead.
Solomon, now in second, stayed close to Wells, with Martono in third and Pu moving up to fourth. Hutomo, who had started from 10th on the grid, worked his way up to fifth by the first corner. By Lap 2, Yuan, who had started from the back of the grid following a penalty from Race 7 for causing an avoidable collision, had made his way up to eighth.
Racing was stopped on Lap 3, after India’s Akhil Rabindra (18) of Meco Motorsport came together with Swanepoel, who had spun, forcing both cars to retire.
At the Safey Car restart, Wells held the lead to Solomon, with Martono in third. Pu spun, giving fourth place to Hutomo. While Solomon came within seven-tenths of a second to Wells, the Hong Kong-based Briton managed to increase the gap to 2.3 seconds at the chequered flag. However, Wells’ efforts were for naught as he was handed his penalty.
Race 3 will be postponed to a later date due to scheduling. Formula Masters China Series will next head to Malaysia for Round 4 at the Sepang International Circuit from15-17 August.
Matthew Solomon/ Eurasia Sport/ Race 9 Winner
“I grew up karting with Andersen and Darma and it was a great few years racing against them in Asia and now we’re all here this weekend on the podium together.
I started the race from third and I thought that something would happen with the two drivers in front of me and sure enough Dan touched James and James went out. I thought there was no point to take any risks. After the red flag I kept second and then just tried to bring the car home. It’s our second win in a row and it’s fantastic for our progress.”
Andersen Martono/ Mertius.GP/ 2nd Race 9
“It’s my first podium and I think this has been a really positive weekend for us. We’ve taken a good step forward. I tried to keep everything positive this weekend and we worked hard and eventually that’s what got us here.”
Darma Mangkuluhur Hutomo/ Humpuss Junior Racing Team/ 3rd Race 9
“It’s a good feeling to be on the podium this weekend. We struggled during practice but recovered for qualifying and the races. I had a pretty good race and a good start, which meant I could move up from 10th to fifth. I got into fourth and then when I went back to the pits, my team told me I was third and I just jumped!”
Yuan Bo/ Eurasia Motorsport/ Chinese Drivers Classification Leader
“Today’s race for me was really hard because I started from the back of the grid. I really worked on overtaking to move up and so I’m really happy to finish fourth and as the best Chinese driver. In Race 7 I had a really big incident so afterwards I spoke with my engineer and my Star Racing Academy coach. I really pushed in yesterday’s Race 8 and again in today’s race.”
Formula Masters China Series Background
Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) is a new Formula series designed to develop young drivers, and adds an exciting new element to the Chinese and Asian motorsport scene. The focus of the series is to provide an affordable and equitable stage on which to nurture fledgling talent ensuring skill and not financial advantage dictate success on the race track.
FMCS is a one-make series using a state-of-the-art Formula car providing both performance and safety. With a Tatuus FA010 Carbon composite monocoque, FIA F3 homologated chassis and a 2.0 Formula engine providing 180 HP, the FMCS race car is both competitive and cost-efficient.
The series is organized by Volkswagen Group China and TopSpeed Limited. FMCS will become an ideal source of new local talent for existing VGC motorsport events.
[Source: Formula Masters China Series]