Shanghai, China, 19 October 2014 –—- Briton Dan Wells (23) of Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG took the final win of the 2014 Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) , getting past pole-sitter Jake Parsons (19) of Meritus.GP to claim his second series victory in Race 18 at the Sports Car Champions Festival at the Shanghai International Circuit.
While China and the region’s leading international junior single seater championship had crowned its 2014 champion, New Zealand’s James Munro (17) of Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG, in the previous day’s Race 17, the field of the region’s top junior talents was determined to battle it out one final time this season. Already secured a third-place finish in the championship, Wells left it all on the line and on Lap 5 made a move on Parsons for the lead. Japan’s Yuya Motojima (23) of Super License rounded out the podium in third, while Eurasia Motorsport driver Pu Ju Jin was named the weekend’s Best Chinese Driver.
Munro, who battled with Motojima for the third and final podium position, finished fourth, while championship runner-up Matthew Solomon (18) of Eurasia Motorsport was fifth.
While Munro, Solomon, Wells and Parsons wrapped up first through fourth yesterday, Hong Kong driver Ronald Wu (20) of Zen Motorsport claimed fifth in the championship, just ahead of Indonesians Darma Hutomo (16) of Humpuss Junior Racing Team and Andersen Martono (17) of Meritus.GP, who tied for sixth.
Starting from pole, Parsons got away cleanly at the start, while Wells overtook team mate Munro to move into second. But two opening lap incidents brought out the Safety Car on Lap 2 – newly crowned Best Chinese Driver Trophy winner Yuan Bo and German Philip Hamprecht (17) of Super License made contact ending Yuan’s race, while a second incident forced Australian Aidan Read (15) of Eurasia Motorsport to retire.
Racing resumed on Lap 4 and Parsons held the lead, but a determined Wells was right behind him. Just a lap later, Wells seized the opportunity to get by his rival and pulled into the lead, a position he would hold for the remainder of the 11-lap race.
Behind the leading pair was a ferocious battle for third place. Munro attempted to fend off a resolute Motojima, but the Japanese driver got past on Lap 8 to take the final podium position. Meanwhile, Solomon, who unfortunately saw his championship hopes dashed after a gearshift problem in the previous day’s Race 16, moved up from seventh to fifth and showed his pace by setting the race’s fastest lap.
After Wells got past, Parsons tucked in behind in second. Staying three-tenths of a second behind, the Australian thought of making a move on the final lap, but a slight error meant he was unable to get close enough to pull it off.
The day’s Race 18 concludes the 2014 Formula Masters China Series, with six race weekends of thrilling non-stop action which has left fans of the edge of their seats all season long.
Dan Wells/ Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG/1st Race 18: “To have won a race on each of the series’ last two weekends is fantastic for me. I had a fantastic start and managed to get around James [Munro] and right in behind Jake [Parsons]. I sat there and thought to myself ‘It’s now or never’ and managed to find a way past. I really wanted to win this race. It’s been a great learning year for me in a great championship that is very competitive.”
Jake Parsons/Meritus.GP/2nd Race 1: “It was tense race. We didn’t quite have the car speed. I saw Dan [Wells] coming and couldn’t do much about it. I was aiming for a pass on the last lap but made a small mistake and couldn’t quite get close enough to try. It’s been a good weekend with a first and two seconds. I have continued to improve my starts and all round we’ve just had a great time. It was an exciting race to finish the season.”
Yuya Motojima/Super License/3rd Race 18: “It was an exciting race for me after having some problems coming into the weekend. We finally got the car right today and I was able to enjoy myself. It was a great experience to race in Shanghai, and in this series, and I hope I can come back next season, and I can win.”
Pu Jun Jin/Eurasia Motorsport/Best Chinese Driver: “It is a surprise to be Best Chinese Driver as I had some trouble and I made some mistakes. I went a lot better in the last race so it was good way to finish the weekend. I have learned a lot this season – it is a competitive series – and I hope I can come back and learn more next season.”
2014 Formula Masters China Series: Results Race 18
Pos No Driver/Nationality Entrant Time
1 16 Dan WELLS (GBR) Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG 21:20.720
2 27 Jake PARSONS (AUS) Meritus.GP +0.346
3 15 Yuya MOTOJIMA (JPN) Super License +1.875
4 40 James MUNRO (NZL) Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG +2.329
5 19 Matthew SOLOMON (HKG) Eurasia Motorsport +4.621
6 9 Philip HAMPRECHT (GER) Super License +7.568
7 7 Ronald WU (HKG) Zen Motorsport +9.243
8 88 Anderson MARTONO (INA) Meritus.GP +9.670
9 36 Yasuo Senna IRIAWAN (INA) Humpuss Junior Racing Team +12.368
10 6 Bao Jin LONG (CHN) Zen Motorsport +14.239
11 8 Darma Mangkuluhur HUTOMO (INA) Humpuss Junior Racing Team +20.300
12 17 PU Jun Jin (CHN) Eurasia Motorsport +24.092
13 11 HUA Miao (CHN) Eurasia Motorsport +34.873
14 29 YIN Hai Tao (CHN) Zen Motorsport 1 Lap
DNF 12 Aidan READ (AUS) Eurasia Motorsport —
DNF 18 YUAN Bo (CHN) Eurasia Motorsport —
Fastest Lap: Matt Solomon (HKG)/ Eurasia Motorsport /1:49.945
2014 Drivers Classification (Top 5)
Pos No Name/ Nat. Entrant Points
1 40 James MUNRO (NZL) Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG 215
2 19 Matthew SOLOMON (HKG) Eurasia Motorsport 187
3 16 Dan WELLS (GBR) Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG 177
4 27 Jake PARSONS (AUS) Meritus.GP 116
5 7 Ronald WU (HKG) Zen Motorsport 67
2014 Best Chinese Driver Trophy (Top 5)
Pos No Name/ Nat. Entrant Points
1 18 YUAN Bo (CHN) Eurasia Motorsport 213
2 29 YIN Hai Tao (CHN) Zen Motorsport 176
3 17 PU Jun Jin (CHN) Eurasia Motorsport 174
4 11 HUA Miao (CHN) Eurasia Motorsport 155
5 6 BAO Jin Long (CHN) Zen Motorsport 131
2014 Team Classification (Top 5)
Pos Entrant Points
1 Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG 384
2 Eurasia Motorsport 274
3 Mertius.GP 215
4 Zen Motorsport 124
5 Humpuss Junior Racing Team 108
2014 Formula Masters China Series 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. http://www.formulamasterschina.com
[Source : Formula Masters China Series]