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.

fmcs_2015-penbay-copyCrossing 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.

Race 16

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.

hamprecht1-copyKim 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

Pos No Driver/Nationality Entrant Time
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)

Pos No Name/ Nat. Entrant Points
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

Pos No Name/ Nat. Entrant Points
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

Pos No Name/ Nat. Entrant 3Points
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

Pos Entrant Points
1 Absolute Racing 370
2 Cebu Pacific Air by PRT 199
3 Super License 192
4 Eurasia Motorsport 182
5 DP Motorsport 56
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