Chinese motorsport star Cheng Congfu has been appointed Ambassador for the Formula Masters China Series (FMCS), China and the region’s leading international junior single-seater championship. Cheng, who races with FAW-VW Audi Racing Team in the Audi R8 LMS Cup, will work alongside the junior talents, imparting his valuable expertise as the young drivers build the foundations of their careers in professional motorsport.
With Cheng as ambassador, both FMCS and Audi Sport customer racing Asia move closer toward achieving their goals of further developing motorsport in China and throughout the region, while strengthening the connection between the two brands, both part of the Volkswagen Group China motorsport family. Cheng’s successful career is a powerful aspirational motivator for the young FMCS drivers, who will undoubtedly look to him for inspiration and guidance.
The two racing series have also partnered to offer young FMCS drivers an opportunity to apply their single-seater knowledge to the Audi R8 LMS Cup car. Yesterday, FMCS Drivers Classification leader Martin Rump, 19, and current FMCS Best Chinese Driver Trophy leader Jeffrey Ye, 18, were invited to take part in an exclusive test at the Sepang International Circuit. Following a full introduction to the Audi Sport customer racing Asia programme, the two drivers were coached by former Formula 1 driver and defending Audi R8 LMS Cup champion Alex Yoong as they learned to drive the Cup car.
While Rump and Ye return to FMCS action for the final two race weekends of the season, they, along with the rest of the FMCS field, will still benefit from the resources of the Audi R8 LMS Cup, through Cheng, who, in his FMCS Ambassador role, will attend the FMCS season finale from October 16-18 in Shanghai. Cheng will spend time working with the FMCS drivers, providing helpful advice and performance feedback.
Two days later, Cheng will be back at work evaluating China’s promising talents at the Star Racing Academy (SRA) 2016 shoot-out. The SRA young driver development programme was established by Volkswagen Group China and is a proven platform, with graduating drivers going on to compete in more advanced sports car series with Volkswagen Group China. Cheng also works closely with SRA and FMCS driver Ye who has joined the Audi Sport customer racing Asia young driver development programme.
Rump also enjoyed his experience, and said: “This Tuesday turned out to be truly astonishing. Collaboration with the team was very good and I really enjoyed working with the legendary Alex Yoong. But the pinnacle of the day was the car itself. First stint was for learning the ropes and I soon got the hang of it and started producing better lap times as I kept improving my technique and speed. I’m very thankful for the opportunity Audi Sport customer racing Asia and Volkswagen Group China provided me.”
Dominic Lyncker, Head of Group Sports Car, Motorsport and Car Culture, Volkswagen Group (China) is happy about the partnership: “We’re delighted to have Cheng Congfu join Formula Masters China Series as our Ambassador and to have him share his advice and experience with our young drivers. We look forward to welcoming him to our season finale in Shanghai, and our drivers will no doubt be turning to him for advice as they look to finish their 2015 seasons on a strong note. I would like to thank Cheng Congfu and Audi Sport customer racing Asia for their support, and for their efforts towards achieving our shared goal of developing motorsport in China and throughout the region.”
Said Rene Koneberg, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia: “We’re excited to further our partnership with the Formula Masters China Series by having Audi R8 LMS Cup driver Cheng Congfu as the first FMCS ambassador. We hope his experiences with Audi Sport customer racing Asia and the Audi R8 LMS Cup will help the young FMCS drivers further establish their motorsport foundation.”