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Primed to tackle their biggest challenge of the season so far, the region’s brightest young motor racing talents competing in the Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) will have their work cut out as they battle to conquer both each other and the new 4.55km Chang International Circuit at this weekend’s Buriram Super Race 2016. FMCS, the region’s leading international single seater championship, storms back into action for Races 7-9 of the hotly-contested 2016 season.

Kim[1] copyOne of the most anticipated race weekends on the 2016 calendar, top talents from across China and Asia, and from as far afield as Europe and Australia, have been busy preparing for what will be one of the highlights of the season.

Leading the charge into Buriram is 19-year-old German Philip Hamprecht of Absolute Racing whose double victories in Zhuhai last month saw him replace Nicholas Rowe, forced to miss the event with a fever, as the overall championship leader. Eurasia Motorsport’s Aidan Read of Australia moved up two positions to second, and the 17-year-old is 27 points adrift of Hamprecht.

Korean driver Kim Jeong Tae, 21, of Cebu Pacific Air by PRT, remains third on the Driver championship leaderboard. Rounding out the top five after the first six races are Sean Zheng, 18, of Absolute Racing, and Rowe, who will be absent once more due to a scheduling conflict.

Cebu Pacific Air by PRT’s Jeffrey Ye of China tops the Chinese Driver title standings after an impressive performance in Zhuhai where he finished third overall behind Zheng in Race 6, he and his fellow countryman celebrating the historic moment of two Chinese drivers on the podium for the first time in the four-year history of FMCS.

Hamprecht[1] copyA proven and powerful platform, FMCS has already seen its graduates progress to more advanced series within the Volkswagen Group China motorsport family. This weekend 2015 FMCS champion, Martin Rump of Estonia, is competing in the Audi R8 LMS Cup after taking his maiden series victory at the 2016 season-opening race. Malaysia’s Afiq Yazid, 2013 FMCS vice-champion, is contesting his third season with the Lamborghini Super Trofeo this year.

FMCS all over the world won’t miss a second of this weekend’s action with live timing and tracker available at: https://livetiming.raceresults.nu/thailand-buriram#screen-results and https://livetiming.raceresults.nu/thailand-buriram#screen-tracker. Results may also be downloaded from: http://www.raceresults.nu/Results/tabid/59/organisator/2016/evenement/Thailand%20-%20Buriram/language/en-US/Default.aspx?race=Buriram+Super+Race+2016

Despite the cancellation of KL Street Grand Prix, FMCS fans in Malaysia will not be disappointed as Races 10-12 will now be held at the Sepang International Circuit on the same weekend. A detailed race schedule and event information will be announced in the due course.

Ben Potter

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