BEIJING, China, 11 December 2014 —— Formula Masters China Series, China and Asia’s leading international junior single-seater series, has announced plans for its third season in 2015, which will see the championship race at six different race circuits in four different countries.
Established by Volkswagen Group China in 2012, FMCS was created specifically to provide young drivers with a strong motor racing foundation to prepare them for a career in the sport. The FMCS platform is designed to offer fledging talents plenty of track time across a variety of the region’s premier circuits, while strict and equitable regulations ensure that it is talent and not financial advantage that shines.
Heading into just its third season, FMCS has already proven to be a successful platform with many of its drivers graduating to more advanced formula series in Europe, or moving into sportscars within the Volkswagen Group China motorsport family. Current FMCS champion James Munro (17) of New Zealand, runner-up Matthew Solomon (18) of Hong Kong and Briton Dan Wells (23), third overall, all intend to move to Formula 3 for the 2015 season, while 2014 FMCS Best Chinese Driver Trophy winner Yuan Bo made his LMP2 debut in the Asian Le Mans Series earlier this month, winning the season finale at the Sepang International Circuit alongside team mates Ho-Pin Tung and David Cheng. Last season, 2013 champion Aidan Wright competes in the Audi R8 LMS Cup, along with Solomon, and 2013 runner-up Afiq Yazid raced in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia. FMCS driver Bao Jin Long also contested the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia in 2014.
For the 2015 season, FMCS expects to welcome new and returning teams and up to 20 of China and the region’s brightest young talents for what is already shaping up to be a groundbreaking season.
The 2015 season will get underway at the Sepang International Circuit with three races on Malaysia’s Formula 1 track from 24-26 April. The series continues a month later with its Indonesian debut at the Sentul International Circuit and Races 4-6 from 22-24 May.
FMCS marks another milestone when it travels to Japan for the first time to race at the Fuji International Speedway for Races 7-9 in support of Super Taikyu from 3-5 July. As the reputation of FMCS continues to strengthen, attracting top talents from not only China and Asia but also further afield, the series is committed to providing new opportunities for its drivers to gain experience across a wide variety of circuits.
In August, FMCS returns to Malaysia, this time for a street race in downtown Kuala Lumpur, another first for the series. The three races, from 7-9 August, will give the FMCS drivers a valuable opportunity to experience the unique challenges of a street circuit.
As the championship heats up, FMCS returns to its home base in China where Races 13-15 will be held at the Zhuhai International Circuit as part of the Pan Delta Racing Festival from 18-20 September. The triple-header season finale will, for the third year running, take place at the Sports Car Champions Festival at China’s Formula 1 track, the Shanghai International Circuit. With many of the Volkswagen Group China motorsport series also racing in Shanghai from 16-18 October, the final three races of the season provide FMCS drivers with a platform to showcase their speed, skill and talent and an opportunity to further their motorsport careers.
“We are delighted to present a diverse and exciting calendar for the 2015 Formula Masters China Series,” said Volkswagen Group China Motorsport Director Dominic Lyncker. “The FMCS platform is aimed at providing young drivers with a range of opportunities to develop their race craft and to gain experience on some of the region’s most prestigious circuits. We are excited to be able offer our drivers an exciting calendar that takes the series from our home base in China to Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia. We look forward to a competitive and thrilling 2015 season.”
Formula Masters China Series 2015 Provisional Calendar
Date Races Venue
24-26 April 1-3 Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
22-24 May 4-6 Sentul International Circuit, Indonesia
3-5 July 7-9 Fuji Speedway, Japan
7-9 August 10-12 Kuala Lumpur Street Circuit
18-20 September 13-15 Zhuhai International Circuit
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]