ZHUHAI, China, 21 September 2014 —— Hong Kong-based Briton Dan Wells (22) of Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG secured his first Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) victory in a thrilling conclusion to Round 5 racing at the Zhuhai International Circuit.
Wells managed to weave his way past pole-sitter, Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG teammate and FMCS Drivers Classification leader James Munro (17) by turn four of the first lap. He then held off a sustained challenge from Hong Kong’s Matthew Solomon (18) of Eurasia Motorsport before racing away to take the chequered flag in Race 3 – a rescheduled event from the rain-marred opening FMCS round in Zhuhai back in May.
The top three cars were locked in tense battles for positioning from the start to the finish of the day’s race, and the packed Zhuhai grandstand roared its approval with every twist and turn.
As Wells sped clear towards the end, Solomon found himself engaged in a duel with teammate and Star Racing Academy (SRA) driver Yuan Bo, the Chinese racer finding a way past on Lap 10 and then holding on in the drive to the line to grab his first-ever podium finish.
Solomon’s third-place finish allowed him to close the gap on FMCS Drivers Classification leader Munro to just six points with one round of racing remaining.
Yuan continues to hold a healthy lead in the FMCS Best Chinese Driver Trophy, his second placing taking him to 192 points, in front of Zen Motorsport’s Yin Hai Tao on 156 points. Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG lead the Team Classification comfortably.
It was an impressive display by the improving Yuan, who had also claimed his – and SRA’s – first-ever FMCS pole position in Friday’s second qualifying session, which had decided the grid for Saturday’s Race 15.
SRA is a multi-year programme established in 2013 by Volkswagen Group China which has been designed to identify and develop China’s top racing talents
The day’s results ensure a thrilling finish to the FMCS title race – and to the series’ second season – when action heads to Shanghai from 17-19 October for the final round.
Dan Wells/Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG/Winner Race 3: “What a race that was. A very exciting race from the start. After the first few laps I had managed to get past James [Munro] and just got my head down and just started pushing on. Matt [Solomon] got on my back and I just had to do my very best to defend. All season we have worked really hard but just haven’t got the results. There was good progression over the weekend and a big thank-you to my whole family who are here from the United Kingdom. For them to be here to witness this makes it a fantastic day.”
Yuan Bo/Eurasia Motorsport/2nd Race 3, Best Chinese Driver: “This weekend I felt good, relaxed and confident. I’ve had good lap times and I thought I could do well. I’d like to thank the Star Racing Academy guys, they have given me a lot of support and it makes me very happy to get on the podium for the first time.”
Matthew Solomon/Eurasia Motorsport/3rd Race 3: “It was a mixed race for us. I had a good start and had a good fight with Dan [Wells] but just couldn’t get past. Yuan [Bo] went past me and defended well so I just thought about the championship and the points. We have closed the gap to James [Munro] down now to six points and the championship is really on.”
2014 Formula Masters China Series: Results Race 3
Pos. No Driver/Nationality Entrant Time
1 16 Dan WELLS (GBR) Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG 19:54.972
2 18 YUAN Bo (CHN) Eurasia Motorsport +1.007
3 19 Matthew SOLOMON (HKG) Eurasia Motorsport +1.389
4 88 Andersen MARTONO (INA) Mertius.GP +2.187
5 36 Yasuo Senna IRIAWAN (INA) Humpuss Junior Racing Team +3.527
6 27 Jake PARSONS (AUS) Meritus.GP +6.607
7 40 James MUNRO (NZL) Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG +7.143
8 8 Darma Mangkuluhur HUTOMO (INA)Humpuss Junior Racing Team +8.480
9 20 Sean HUDSPETH (SIN) Eurasia Motorsport +9.892
10 29 YIN Hai Tao (CHN) Zen Motorsport +10.487
11 7 Ronald WU (HKG) Zen Motorsport +15.775
12 17 PU Jun Jin (CHN) Eurasia Motorsport +15.880
13 39 Tomoki TAKAHASHI (JPN) Super License +16.511
14 11 HUA Miao (CHN) Eurasia Motorsport +24.555
15 55 Takashi HATA (JPN) Super License +33.685
16 33 Daniel WOODROOF (MAS) Meritus.GP 1 Lap
Fastest Lap: Yuan Bo(CHN)/Eurasia Motorsport/1:38.425/157.277
Formula Masters China Series Points Classification after Race 15:
2014 Drivers Classification (Top 5)
Pos No Name/ Nat. Entrant Points
1 40 James MUNRO (NZL) Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG 179
2 19 Matthew SOLOMON (HKG) Eurasia Motorsport 173
3 16 Dan WELLS (GBR) Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG 137
4 27 Jake PARSONS (AUS) Meritus.GP 73
5 7 Ronald WU (HKG) Zen Motorsport 58
2014 Best Chinese Driver Trophy (Top 5)
Pos No Name/ Nat. Entrant Points
1 18 YUAN Bo (CHN) Eurasia Motorsport 192
2 29 YIN Hai Tao (CHN) Zen Motorsport 156
3 17 PU Jun Jin (CHN) Eurasia Motorsport 135
4 11 HUA Miao (CHN) Eurasia Motorsport 123
5 6 BAO Jin Long (CHN) Zen Motorsport 103
2014 Team Classification (Top 5)
Pos Entrant Points
1 Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG 310
2 Eurasia Motorsport 258
3 Mertius.GP 162
4 Zen Motorsport 108
5 Humpuss Junior Racing Team 97
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 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]