Meritus.GP’s Jake Parsons proved unbeatable today in Races 2 and 3 of the Formula Masters China Series (FMCS), taking two convincing victories at Malaysia’s 5.543km Sepang International Circuit.
Second in Race 2 was Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG Martin Rump of Estonia, with 16-year-old Australian Aidan Read, of Eurasia Motorsport taking his first FMCS career podium. Runner-up to Parsons in Race 3 was Meritus.GP team mate Daniel Woodroof, the Malaysian taking a well-deserved and popular podium finish at home after overcoming a number of challenges over the weekend. Third across the line for a second time was Read, collecting his second FMCS in as many races. Top performing Chinese Driver was Eurasia Motorsport’s Hua Miao, 11th in both Race 2 and 3.
After 3 of the 18 FMCS races for 2015, Parson’s duo of wins gives him a 16 point lead at the top of the Drivers Classification ahead of Rump, who has a two point advantage over Read. Arrows Racing’s Matthew Swanepoel of South Africa, third in the opening race, lies fourth, eight points adrift of Read and tied on points with Eurasia Motorsport’s Sean Hudspeth.
Hua Miao has a two point lead in the race for the Chinese Drivers Classification ahead of Yuan Bo, top Chinese finisher in Race 3, with Star Racing Academy’s Jeffrey Ye of Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG third. Meritus.GP leads the Team Classification with an impressive lead of 23 points over Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG, with Eurasia Motorsport in third.
In the searing heat, but under clear blue skies, the 6-lap Race 2 saw a wheel-perfect performance from Parsons who led from pole to flag, building on a superb getaway to pull a gap of 2.687 seconds from Rump by the flag. Sixteen-year-old Aidan Read, embarking upon his first full FMCS season, took his maiden series podium finish in just his second race.
Hudspeth drove a storming race to climb from row six of the grid to cross the line in fourth, ahead of Woodroof who had more than his fair share of pre-race dramas. The Malaysian started the race from pit lane after technical glitches on the sighting lap, but was on the charge, moving up eight positions on the opening lap, picking off two more by the end of Lap 3. Race 3 pole-sitter Asuka Muratomi was another driver to make up ground, crossing the line sixth from eight on the grid.
The fastest Chinese driver in Race 2 was Eurasia Motorsport’s Hua Miao, ahead of Star Racing Academy drivers Jeffrey Ye and Zheng Shangguan of Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG. Meritus.GP driver Yuan Bo was unable to start the race due to a puncture.
Having taken pole position for Race 3 in Saturday’s second qualifying session, Eurasia Motorsport’s Asuka Muratomi was unable to capitalize on his advantage after a tangle with Rump at Turn 1 on the opening lap of the 10-lap race. While the incident saw the Japanese driver retire after five laps, Rump continued, albeit with a damaged car. The incident, while unintentional, resulted in post-race penalties for Rump, who was fined and will lose five grid positions for the next race in Shanghai.
After an eventful opening lap, Parsons led the pack and set about building a gap, once again creating an unassailable lead to take the flag more than seven seconds ahead of Woodroof.
The Malaysian, however, had to get by first Rump and then Read to claim second place, hunting down the struggling Estonian and then the Australian, making his move to second on the penultimate lap.
After a triumphant start to the 2015 season in Malaysia, FMCS comes home for its next round, heading to the Shanghai International Circuit from June 5 to 7 for Races 4-6.