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.
Third 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. ”
He 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
|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)
|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
|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
|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
|2||Cebu Pacific Air by PRT||24|