ZHUHAI, China, 20 September 2014 —— Eighteen-year-old Hong Kong driver Matthew Solomon of Eurasia Motorsport took victory in Race 15 of the Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) today as Round 5 continued at the Zhuhai International Circuit.
Joining Solomon on the podium were second-placed Australian Jake Parsons (19) of Meritus.GP, who had earlier in the day won Race 14, and Briton Dan Wells (23) of Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG who finished third.
Yin Hai Tao of Zen Motorsport was named Best Chinese Driver for the weekend after impressive displays in Race 13 (third) and Race 14 (second).
Solomon’s win pegged back the lead of James Munro (17) of Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG in the FMCS Drivers Classification to 14 points. The New Zealander raced off the track after contact with Solomon’s car during the first lap of Race 15 after he had started third on the grid and it effectively ruled him out of contention.
Solomon made the most of the opportunity to reel in his rival and the youngster from Hong Kong had taken the lead when the safety car was called out on Lap 2 following an incident involving Darma Mangkuluhur Hutomo (16) of Humpuss Junior Racing Team.
When the race got under way again heading into Lap 5, Solomon was challenged briefly by first Wells and then by Parsons but soon settled into his rhythm, extending his lead as the race wore on, and getting his title challenge back on track after he had failed to finish the weekend’s first two races.
At the end of the day the FMCS Best Chinese Driver Trophy sees Yuan Bo of Eurasia Motorsport lead Yin, 172 points to 141.
In the morning’s seven-lap Race 14, Yin became the first Chinese driver to take a FMCS pole but Parsons soon made his intentions clear.
After starting from fifth on the grid, the Australian was on Yin’s tail by the fourth lap and by the fifth lap the pair were dueling for the lead.
Parsons left it until Turn 9 on the last lap to make his winning move, and then held off the Chinese driver down to the line to take the race.
In finishing third, Hong Kong driver Ronald Wu (20) made it two double podium finishes in two races for the improving Zen Motorsport outfit, after he and Yin had finished second and third respectively in Friday’s 12-lap Race 13.
FMCS’ 12-lap Race 3, which was rescheduled from May this year due to heavy rain, will take place the next day.
Jake Parsons/Meritus.GP/Winner Race 14: “It was a very intense race for me. I started P5 on the grid and didn’t get off to the best of starts. I just tried to be as consistent as I could. I kept focused and once I got past [James] Munro I just wanted to keep the pressure on and look for my chance. It was wheel-to-wheel racing, very clean racing, and it is just awesome to be part of this series.”
Yin Hai Tao/Zen Motorsport/2nd Race 14, Best Chinese Driver overall: “I wanted to win, after starting from pole, but Jake [Parsons] made things very tough. He was getting closer lap by lap and we kept fighting each other. He managed to get past but that is how racing goes sometimes and I can’t be unhappy. Our team had two on the podium again and it has been a great weekend.”
Ronald Wu/Zen Motorsport/3rd Race 14: “After the first two laps I was flying but by the end of the race I was losing pace with the leaders. But congratulations to the two in front of me, they raced really well. We all worked hard before this weekend and we are getting the rewards.”
Matthew Solomon/Eurasia Motorsport/Winner Race 15: “To win this race today was fantastic. I got a good start, got my head down and after the first lap my engineer got on the radio and said ‘Just push.’ I was able to do that and stay ahead after the restart and I am just so happy to get this win. We are back in the championship.”
Jake Parsons/Meritus.GP/2nd Race 15: “It was an exciting race for me, starting from fourth. The restart wasn’t too bad and I got to second and from there it was a case of just trying to push as hard as I could. I need to find about two tenths of a second so I will go away tonight and we’ll work on that.”
Dan Wells/Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG/3rd Race 15: “I came here this morning being positive, started Race 14 from 16th and finished fifth. I got a really good re-start and had a go at Matt but it wasn’t to be. But finishing third on podium after starting fifth has made me happy and I am starting second tomorrow and I am really happy with that. ”
2014 Formula Masters China Series: Results Race 14
Fastest Lap: Matthew Solomon (AUS)/Eurasia Motorsport/1:39.046/156.291 kph
2014 Formula Masters China Series: Results Race 15
Fastest Lap: Matthew Solomon/HKG/Eurasia Motorsport/1:38.556/157.068kph
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]