Returning drivers Kim Jeong Tae (21) stroke his maiden win in Formula Masters China Series 2016 season kickoff race on May 21st while his team mate Nicolas Rowe of Cebu Pacific Air by PRT took his first two Formula Masters China Series pole position earlier in the Qualifying 1 and 2 at the Shanghai International Circuit. The 2015 FMCS 3rd overall rookie gradually found his pace in the wet condition and set the lap time, with the rest of the 15-car field unable to better it in the two sessions.

Left to Right Hamprecht,Kim and ZhengThird quickest in qualifying 1 was Japan’s Takashi Hata from Team Super License. Eurasia driver Aiden Read (16) was fourth fastest in the session, which was set at his last tempt before the session finished. Fifth fastest was Super License driver James Yu (15) of China, who made his debut at the series and was the newly selected Star Racing Academy driver in 2016.

Read set his lap time before Qualifying 2 drew close and finished 3rd, which will position him at the second row with series new comer Phillip Hamprecht (19) from Germany in Race 3 on Sunday. Hata finished in 5th at his final attack on the lap time. Race 3 will see Hata start from the third row on the grid and he was the quickest drivers in Masters Trophy category in both sessions of qualifying.

The first race of this weekend was declared wet race in the afternoon. Rowe stalled after the lights were off and gave away the lead to Kim who was on the other side of first row and secured the victory till the flag. “When the race started, Nicolas was stalled and I overtook him,” said Kim. “Then the race got easy to me. I had been consistent till the end of the race. Nothing serious happened to me during the race. It was a good race for me. ”

Race 1He also scored the quickest lap with a comfortable gap behind him and put him on the pole in Race 2 on Sunday.

Star Racing Academy driver Zheng Shang Guan(18) took over Read who made a mistake and run off at T15, and celebrated his historical runner off position ever since he joined the series. He was also the fastest Chinese driver in this race and will start from grid alongside with Kim tomorrow.

At lap 2, safety car was called out after Hata spun and this gave Hamprecht a golden opportunity to chase. He drove a storming race to limb from row six of the grid to cross the line in third. His hunting towards Zheng set his fastest lap time and enabled him to start from 4th in Race 3 while Rowe, after the technical glitch, was on the charge and his best lap time positioned him alongside with Hamprecht at the second row from the grip in Race 2.

Both Read and James Yu obtained their positions at the qualifying and finished in 4th and 5th. The fastest Master’s trophy driver was Angelo Negro from Italy.

Race 1 Results

Pos No Driver/Nationality Entrant Time
1 1 KIM Jeong Tae/KOR Cebu Pacific Air by PRT 27:33.097
2 6 ZHENG Shangguan/CHN Absolute Racing +7.759
3 5 Philip HAMPRECHT/GER Absolute Racing +8.601
4 24 Aidan READ/AUS Eurasia Motorsport +8.681
5 88 James YU/CHN Super License +29.085
6 48 *Angelo NEGRO/ITA Ameteur Cup +38.502
7 2 Nicolas ROWE/AUS Cebu Pacific Air by PRT +41.485
8 17 HONG Shijie/CHN Super License +53.051
9 37 *Carlo MANTORI/ITA Ameteur Cup +55.793
10 3 Jeffrey YE/CHN Cebu Pacific Air by PRT +59.400
11 38 *Philippe PRETTE/ITA Ameteur Cup +1:12.652
12 40 *Patrice BONZOM Ameteur Cup +1:22.086
13 9 HU Nan/CHN Ameteur Cup +1:59.241
55 Takashi HATA/JPN Super License NDF
39 James WONG Ameteur Cup NDF

Fastest Lap: Kim Jeong Tae/Cebu Pacific Air by PRT/ 2:34.783 / top speed at 153.887k/h

 Formula Masters China Series Points Classification after Race 1:

2016 Drivers Classification (Top 5)

Pos No Name/ Nat. Entrant Points
1 1 KIM Jeong Tae/KOR Cebu Pacific Air by PRT 20
2 6 ZHENG Shangguan/CHN Absolute Racing 15
3 5 Philip HAMPRECHT/GER Absolute Racing 12
4 24 Aidan READ/AUS Eurasia Motorsport 10
5 88 James YU/CHN Super License 8

2016 Best Chinese Driver Trophy

Pos No Name/ Nat. Entrant Points
1 6 ZHENG Shangguan/CHN Absolute Racing 20
2 88 James YU/CHN Super License 15
3 17 HONG Shijie/CHN Super License 12
4 3 Jeffrey YE/CHN Cebu Pacific Air by PRT 10

2016 Masters Trophy

Pos No Name/ Nat. Entrant Points
1 48 Angelo NEGRO/ITA Ameteur Cup 20
2 37 Carlo MANTORI/ITA Ameteur Cup 15
3 38 Philippe PRETTE/ITA Ameteur Cup 12
4 40 Patrice BONZOM Ameteur Cup 10

 

2016 Team Classification

Pos Entrant Points
1 Absolute Racing 27
2 Cebu Pacific Air by PRT 24
3 Super License 11
4 Eurasia Motorsport 10

 

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