Philip Hamprecht, 19, of Absolute Racing was today crowned 2016 Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) Champion at the Penbay International Circuit in Chinese Taipei. The German youngster took the title after a brilliant season, and his championship win puts him firmly on the international motorsport radar.
Crossing the line second in Race 16, Hamprecht clinched the title with two races to spare. Title rival Aidan Read of Eurasia Motorsport won the race with a flawless performance on the 3.5km track, but it was not enough to prevent Hamprecht clinching the title.
Hamprecht wasted no time in setting the fastest lap times in both qualifying sessions. However Read, whose title bid was interrupted by illness earlier in the season, made his move as soon as the lights went out for the start of Race 16, grabbing the win despite losing out on the title. Kim Jeong Tae of Cebu Pacific Air by PRT and Hamprecht’s Absolute Racing team mate Sean Zheng swapped third place in Qualifying 1 and 2, to share the second row of the grid for the start of Races 16 and 18.
Starting alongside pole-sitter Hamprecht, Read shot into the lead as the lights went out and never looked back. Setting the fastest lap of the race for good measure, the Australian will start tomorrow’s Race 17 from pole.
Kim too made a move off the start, getting by Hamprecht at the first corner. However, the determined German reclaimed second on the same lap after the Kim made an error and held on to the flag.
Behind them, Zheng spun and stopped on track on the second lap, bringing out the Safety Car for four laps. Fellow Chinese driver James Yu, 15, of Super
License, started from the third row and crossed the line in fourth, his best finish of the season, after team mate, Takashi Hata, stalled at the start.
“It’s another good start to the weekend,” said race winner Aidan Read. “The track is very tough and physical. I sweat a lot here. It is the one of the tightest and trickiest tracks I’ve been to. It’s difficult, but I had a good day. Four in a row, and let’s see if I can keep it going. The news that Philip won the title doesn’t affect the rest of this weekend, because the championship has been influenced by some factors that I can’t really control. What’s important today is that I’ve won. I am happy and I am reaching my times. So tomorrow I will go for the same and see if I can make another hat trick. I think it’s possible.’’
Race 16 Results
|1||24||Aidan READ/AUS||Eurasia Motorsport||25:52.282|
|2||5||Philip HAMPRECHT/GER||Absolute Racing||+2.315|
|3||1||KIM Jeong Tae/KOR||Cebu Pacific Air by PRT||+9.215|
|4||88||James YU/CHN||Super License||+23.951|
|5||9||HU Nan/CHN||DP Motorsport||+1:15.159|
|6||17||HONG Shijie/CHN||Super License||+1:16.230|
|7||91||HUANG Chi/TPE||Super License||+1:18.511|
|8||68||Jacques WANG/TPE||DP Motorsport||+1:56.824|
|–||55||Takashi HATA/JPN||Super License||DNF|
|–||6||ZHENG Shangguan/CHN||Absolute Racing||DNF|
Fastest Lap: Aidan READ / Eurasia Motorsport / 1:39.708 / top speed at 127.344k/h
Formula Masters China Series Points Classification after Race 16:
2016 Drivers Classification (Top 5)
|1||5||Philip HAMPRECHT/GER||Absolute Racing||224|
|2||24||Aidan READ/AUS||Eurasia Motorsport||186|
|3||6||ZHENG Shangguan/CHN||Absolute Racing||154|
|4||1||KIM Jeong Tae/KOR||Cebu Pacific Air by PRT||134|
|5||88||James YU/CHN||Super License||94|
2016 Best Chinese Driver Trophy
|1||6||ZHENG Shangguan/CHN||Absolute Racing||214|
|2||17||HONG Shijie/CHN||Super License||185|
|3||88||James YU/CHN||Super License||179|
|4||3||Jeffrey YE/CHN||Cebu Pacific Air by PRT||82|
2016 Masters Trophy
|1||55||Takashi HATA/JPN||Super License||206|
|2||9||HU Nan/CHN||DP Motorsport||71|
|3||39||James WONG/HKG||Amateur Cup||48|
2016 Team Classification
|2||Cebu Pacific Air by PRT||199|