On the Formula Masters China Series’ (FMCS) debut race in Thailand, Cebu Pacific Air by PRT delivered positive results with a two-car assault headlined by Kim Jeong Tae and Thomas Swift. The young drivers quickly found their pace around the new 4.55 km Buriram International Circuit and scored a podium finish over the race weekend.

Q1 saw Kim score P3 followed by P4 in the second qualifying session. On the other hand, Thomas Swift secured P8 and P5 giving the team good fighting chance for the three races.

Kim got a good start in Race 7 and quickly moved up a spot. However, the Korean driver made a mistake that dropped him down several spots, but managed to fight his way back up the field to cross the finish line in fourth. Meanwhile, Thomas Swift ended the 12-lap race in eighth place. “It was a good experience racing in Buriram for the first time,” said Kim. “I was battling with the frontrunners all weekend and was able to finish on the podium. If I had more pace I could have challenged for a win, but I’m still very happy with our results.”

Race 8 got underway in the sweltering heat of Thailand where Kim put on a strong performance to claim the last spot on the podium. Swift was making good headway in the 7-lap sprint before making contact with another driver. Still, the Hong Kong-based driver managed to finish once again in eighth.  “I managed to quickly improve my lap times with help from the team,” explained Swift. “This allowed me to have some good races in Thailand. Although it was a bit disappointing to not finish in race 9, I’m definitely looking forward to our next Formula Masters outing.”

To cap off the last race of the weekend, Kim was on the attack throughout Race 9 in the hopes for yet another podium finish but narrowly missed out to finish fourth after a quick mid-race spin. As for his teammate, Swift suffered a DNF after spinning out on the last lap.

Accompanying Cebu Pacific Air by PRT on their FMCS campaign are partners Cebu Pacific Air, Teng Tools, and P1 Racewear.

FMCS now moves to the second half of the 2016 season. After the cancellation of the KL Street Grand Prix, the fourth event will be held at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on August 13 – 14.

Ben Potter

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