Young Australian hotshot Aidan Read will be looking to conclude his debut Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) campaign on a positive note when the premier single-seater heads to the Zhuhai International Circuit for the penultimate round this weekend (18-20 September).
Designed to develop young drivers, the FMCS adds an exciting new element to the Chinese and Asian motorsport scene with its focus on providing an affordable and equitable stage on which to nurture fledging talent, ensuring skill, and not financial advantage, dictate success on the race track.
Currently fourth in the Drivers’ standings in what has been a highly positive debut season, Read will be looking to climb the winners’ rostrum once again after getting a taste for it at the season opener in Malaysia.
Experiencing a tough weekend last time out on the brand new street circuit in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the young Australian has spent his time away from the circuit with his head buried deep in school books, as when he returns from Zhuhai he jumps straight into exams, but is fully refocused ahead of the final two meetings in 2015.
This weekend’s event at Zhuhai International Circuit, located in Jin Ding, Guangdong Province encompasses a mixture of long straights and fast flowing corners among its 14 turns, all of which should produce some exciting wheel-to-wheel action in Asia’s premier single-seater series.
For this weekend’s event, the FMCS will be sending a film crew behind the scenes to follow Read’s race weekend for a feature titled, ‘Day as a Driver’, where they’ll be showing an insight into his morning routines, training, team talks, pre-race nerves and post race emotions.
“It’s always good to refocus your attentions on a race weekend, but lately I’ve been more focused on school, as I go straight into exams as soon as I return from Zhuhai,” said Read. “It will be my first time at Zhuhai, but the team have raced there on numerous occasions in various championships, so we aren’t going into a weekend completely blind and should, hopefully, be able to get back into swing of things fairly quickly. I am looking to get back get back into the rhythm I felt I had at Sepang and Shanghai and consistently fight for top five finishes.
“The Zhuhai International Circuit will be all about maximising those long straights with the corner philosophy being about getting a good sling shot out. I’ve been told that while on paper it looks flowing, it is deceptive in that it is hard to hit the ultimate pace, but it looks to be a great track and cannot wait to get back into the racing frame of mind.”