Beijing, China, 1 June 2015 —— With an international field of fledging talent, Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) roars back into action with a high-octane weekend of racing at China’s Formula 1 track, the Shanghai International Circuit. As China and the region’s leading junior single-seater championship, FMCS is a proven and powerful platform for young, exciting drivers looking to make their name on the international motorsport stage, and the triple-header in Shanghai will provide ample opportunity for the field of 18 to impress.
Leading the charge into Shanghai is Meritus.GP driver Jake Parsons, 20, of Australia, whose victories in Races 2 and 3 place him atop the drivers’ classification ahead of series newcomer, Estonian Martin Rump, 19, of Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG, winner of the season opener in Malaysia. Parsons arrives in Shanghai having made his debut in the prestigious Audi R8 LMS Cup last month. Just one example of the myriad opportunities offered by FMCS in series within the Volkswagen Group China motorsport family, Parsons jumped at the chance to make his GT debut at Korea’s F1 circuit.
Third on the championship leaderboard is fellow Australian Aidan Read, 16, of Eurasia Motorsport. Rounding out the top five after the first three races are Matthew Swanepoel of Arrows Racing and Read’s team mate Sean Hudspeth. With Swanepoel, 20, hailing from South Africa and Hudspeth, 21, from Singapore, the field represents no fewer than eight different countries making FMCS a truly international benchmark against which junior talent can measure their performance on a global scale.
Hua Miao of Eurasia Motorsport leads the Best Chinese Driver Trophy standings, and he will be going all out to retain that position after his first home races of the year.
This season sees the arrival of several new drivers, such as Rump, as well as 17-year old Chinese talents, Zheng Shangguang and Jeffrey Ye Yunhui, both part of the groundbreaking Star Racing Academy driver development programme. Making his FMCS debut in Shanghai is Chinese driver Stephen Hong Shijie, 20, of Super License.
The three races in Shanghai illustrate the championship’s aim of providing plenty of track time and the opportunity to gain experience on a diverse array of the region’s premier circuits. The challenging 16-turn, 5.5km track is known for its high-speed straights which offer crucial overtaking opportunities and, for FMCS fans, guarantee thrilling racing.
“Following a successful start to our third season, Formula Masters China Series is delighted to return to Shanghai in 2015 for what promises to be three action-packed races,” said Dominic Lyncker, Director Motorsport, Volkswagen Group China.
“The composition of our field makes it a truly international championship and a benchmark for our drivers as they look to establish a solid motorsport foundation. With the close racing we saw at our season opener in Malaysia, we look forward to seeing which of these fledging talents will rise to the challenge and shine in Shanghai.”
Formula Masters China Series 2015 Provisional Calendar
Date Races Venue
24-26 April 1-3 Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
5-7 June 4-6 Shanghai International Circuit, China
3-5 July 7-9 Penbay International Circuit, Chinese Taipei
7-9 August 10-12 Kuala Lumpur Street Circuit, Malaysia
18-20 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]