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Eurasia Motorsport’s Aidan Read wrapped up his second season in the Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) with another hat trick of wins, storming to victory in Race 17 and 18 today at the Penbay International Circuit in Chinese Taipei. The Australian finished the 2016 season second in the overall Drivers Classification, eight points behind champion Philip Hamprecht.

race-17-copyIt was also a good weekend for Kim Jeong Tae of Cebu Pacific Air by PRT after he finished second in Races 17 and 18, taking podium finishes in all three races of the weekend for the first time in his career. Sean Zheng of Absolute Racing snatched the final podium place in Race 18 to secure the Chinese Drivers title and finish the season third in the overall Drivers Classification.

Stephen Hong of Super License, who took the Best Chinese Driver award in Malaysia last month, took third in Race 17. This time around the highly-prized award went to his teammate, James Yu, who finished fifth and four in Race 17 and 18 respectively.

At the 2016 FMCS prize-giving ceremony, as well as receiving their trophies, the top three in the Drivers Classification were rewarded with substantial opportunities for career advancement courtesy of the Audi R8 LMS Cup and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

Newly-crowned FMCS champion Philip Hamprecht will contest the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2017 season with sponsorship of USD100,000 from the Porsche China Junior Development Program. Runner-up Aidan Read will be invited to attend the Nurburgring 24 Hours in 2017 by the Audi R8 LMS Cup.

The series has also awarded the top three a test in 2017. The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will invite all three to visit the FIA WEC round in Shanghai next month.

race-16-copyRace 17

Read’s fastest lap in Race 16 yesterday saw him start from pole position, and his rivals were not able to challenge him on his charge to the flag. Kim moved up from third to the front row in the grid, after Hamprecht withdrew from today’s races with a back injury, and crossed the line second after an untroubled run.

Zheng was embroiled in a mid-race battle with Hong and Yu when the Safety Car was called out after a car stopped on track. While Hong held on to third, Zheng got past Yu on the last lap, denying him a podium finish.

“I was surprised to find out this morning that Philip [Hamprecht] wasn’t going to be starting,” said Read. “It’s a bit unfortunate. I thought it would have been another good battle as we’ve got the speed to win in all circumstances. It was a great race. That’s five in a row now, so hopefully this afternoon we will have another race like that. We know what to do. I hope we will come back with six from six. This afternoon it is going to be a long race and it is not going to be easy, but we are very comfortable with the car. We will be in a good spot starting from what I believe the pole position, so it should be a good race.’’

Race 18  

zheng-shangguan-copyRead started from pole position with Zheng, following Hamprecht’s withdrawal, starting alongside. After a good getaway, Read pulled out a convincing gap, and an unchallenged run to the flag saw him achieve his second hat trick of wins in an FMCS weekend.

Kim was determined to fight for a podium finish, mounting a challenge to Zheng who made a small mistake at T5 ion the opening lap. The successful move saw Kim gain a position which he held to the end of the race.

“I started from the 3rd,” explained second place finisher Kim Jeong Tae. “And it was not really a good start. But Zheng made a little mistake at T5 and I overtook him. Aidan took this chance to pull out a gap. I really tried to push hard to finish in 2nd. I am really happy. It’s my first triple podium and good way to finish the season.’’

hamprecht-copyJames Yu, Chinese Best Driver winner was also happy: ‘’It’s been a good weekend for me. Obviously it was the most difficult weekend for me. This is my first time in Taiwan. This track is very difficult to learn with so many turns to learn and relies so much on physical strength. All my team mates are so competitive. It was a great experience to learn from them. Overall this season has been great and everyone did a lot to support me. I gained a lot of experience that will surely help me in future.’’

 

 

Race 17 Results

Pos No Driver/Nationality Entrant Time
1 24 Aidan READ/AUS Eurasia Motorsport 14:21.504
2 1 KIM Jeong Tae/KOR Cebu Pacific Air by PRT +3.058
3 17 HONG Shijie/CHN Super License +9.044
4 6 ZHENG Shangguan/CHN Absolute Racing +9.332
5 88 James YU/CHN Super License +10.753
6 55 Takashi HATA/JPN Super License +13.406
7 68 Jacques WANG/TPE DP Motorsport +1:25.715
8 9 HU Nan/CHN DP Motorsport +2:15.071
91 HUANG Chi/TPE Super License DNF

Fastest Lap: Aidan READ / Eurasia Motorsport / 1:39.554 / top speed at 127.541k/h

 Race 18 Results

Pos No Driver/Nationality Entrant Time
1 24 Aidan READ/AUS Eurasia Motorsport 21:34.809
2 1 KIM Jeong Tae/KOR Cebu Pacific Air by PRT +17.984
3 6 ZHENG Shangguan/CHN Absolute Racing +23.634
4 88 James YU/CHN Super License +35.201
5 17 HONG Shijie/CHN Super License +35.783
6 55 Takashi HATA/JPN Super License +42.053
7 9 HU Nan/CHN DP Motorsport –1圈–
8 91 HUANG Chi/TPE Super License +46.658
9 68 Jacques WANG/TPE DP Motorsport +48.206

Fastest Lap: Aidan READ / Eurasia Motorsport / 1:39.315 / top speed at 127.848k/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 226
2 24 Aidan READ/AUS Eurasia Motorsport 218
3 6 ZHENG Shangguan/CHN Absolute Racing 172
4 1 KIM Jeong Tae/KOR Cebu Pacific Air by PRT 159
5 88 James YU/CHN Super License 108

2016 Best Chinese Driver Trophy

Pos No Name/ Nat. Entrant Points
1 6 ZHENG Shangguan/CHN Absolute Racing 244
2 17 HONG Shijie/CHN Super License 209
3 88 James YU/CHN Super License 202
4 3 Jeffrey YE/CHN Cebu Pacific Air by PRT 82

2016 Masters Trophy

Pos No Name/ Nat. Entrant Points
1 55 Takashi HATA/JPN Super License 238
2 9 HU Nan/CHN DP Motorsport 94
3 39 James WONG/HKG Amateur Cup 48

2016 Team Classification

Pos Entrant Points
1 Absolute Racing 388
2 Cebu Pacific Air by PRT 224
3 Super License 222
4 Eurasia Motorsport 206
5 DP Motorsport 65
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