Formula Masters China Series set for Zhuhai showdown

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BEIJING, China, 12 September 2014 —— China and Asia’s leading international junior single-seater series Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) is set for a show-stopping weekend from 19-21 September. With four races scheduled at China’s Zhuhai International Circuit as part of the Pan Delta Super Racing Festival, the field of 17 of the region’s top talents is set to battle it out for victory and valuable championship points that could make all the difference at next month’s 2014 season finale in Shanghai.

Matthew Solomon

Matthew Solomon

Leading the charge to Zhuhai is James Munro (17) of Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG. The New Zealand driver has led the championship all season, but rival Matthew Solomon (18) of Eurasia Motorsport has stormed to second on the leaderboard after four wins in the last five races. Hong Kong driver Solomon arrives in Zhuhai fresh from an impressive podium finish on his endurance racing debut at the Malaysia Millennium Endurance Race with the Audi R8 LMS ultra #99 of Team Absolute Racing.

Briton Dan Wells (22) of Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG is third in the championship and heads to China buoyed by a podium finish on his British Formula 3 debut last month at Brands Hatch. Indonesia’s Darma Hutomo (16) of Humpuss Junior Racing Team is currently fourth overall in his first FMCS season, while Meritus.GP driver Jake Parsons (19) of Australia joins the championship for a second weekend after a strong debut in Sepang saw him take his maiden victory, putting him fifth in the Drivers Classification.

Yuan Bo

Yuan Bo

Yuan Bo, currently sixth overall, is looking to further extend his lead in the FMCS Best Chinese Driver Trophy. The Eurasia Motorsport driver also has his sights set firmly on the podium having finished a personal best of fourth earlier this season.

As the 2014 season’s penultimate round, Zhuhai represents an ideal opportunity for the drivers to gain valuable championship points. In addition to the scheduled Races 13-15, the Zhuhai weekend will also include Race 3, rescheduled from earlier this year when it was postponed due to torrential rains. But while an additional challenge awaits, the FMCS drivers are more than ready to tackle the weekend ahead.

While the majority of the field raced in Zhuhai earlier this year, mid-season newcomers Parsons, Malaysia’s Daniel Woodroof of Meritus.GP and Japan’s Takashi Hata of Super License, will have the added task of getting up to speed on an unfamiliar circuit. Making his FMCS debut this weekend with Super License is Tomoki Takahashi of Japan.

Singapore’s Sean Hudspeth of Eurasia Motorsport returns to FMCS after a two-round absence due to National Service.

“We’re delighted to return to Zhuhai for what I’m confident will be four hotly- contested races,” said Dominic Lyncker, Director Motorsport, Volkswagen Group China. “The 2014 FMCS season began in Zhuhai and for many of our drivers, it was the first time they had raced in a formula car. We are very much looking forward to returning to China’s first permanent race track to see how the drivers have developed over the past few months. As the race for the 2014 championship nears its conclusion, we expect an intensely competitive and exciting weekend of racing.”

Qualifying for Races 13 and 15 will take place on Friday, 19 September, along with the 12-lap Race 13. Races 14 (7 laps) and 15 (12 laps) will take place on Saturday, while Sunday will host the rescheduled Race 3.

Formula Masters China Series Points Classification after Race 12:

2014 Drivers Classification (Top 5)

Pos No  Name/ Nat.                                            Entrant                                   Points

1      40   James MUNRO (NZL)                              Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG        155

2     19    Matthew SOLOMON (HKG)                   Eurasia Motorsport                     41

3     16    Dan WELLS (GBR)                                    Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG        101

4      8     Darma Mangkuluhur HUTOMO (INA)Humpuss Junior Racing Team 52

5      27   Jake PARSONS (AUS)                              Meritus.GP                                   39

2014 Best Chinese Driver Trophy (Top 5)

Pos  No   Name/ Nat.                 Entrant                      Points

1        18     YUAN Bo (CHN)           Eurasia Motorsport    137

2        6      BAO Jin Long (CHN)    Zen Motorsport           103

3        29    YIN Hai Tao (CHN)      Zen Motorsport            99

4        17     PU Jun Jin (CHN)        Eurasia Motorsport     83

5         11    HUA Miao (CHN)         Eurasia Motorsport     80

2014 Team Classification (Top 5)

Pos     Entrant                                        Points

1           Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG           250

2           Eurasia Motorsport                      189

3           Mertius.GP                                     103

4           Humpuss Junior Racing Team   79

5           Zen Motorsport                              54

Formula Masters China Series 2014 Provisional Calendar

Date                         Races        Venue

9-11 May                    1-3              Zhuhai International Circuit, China

23-25 May                4-6              Shanghai International Circuit, China

18-20 July                7-9               Inje Speedium, South Korea

15-17 August            10-12           Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

19-21 September     13-15           Zhuhai International Circuit, China

17-19 October          16-18           Shanghai International Circuit, China

 

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 organised 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]

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