Results – Races 8 and 9, Penbay International Circuit
Rump reigns at Penbay to extend FMCS lead
(Penbay, Chinese Taipei – 5 July 2015) – Martin Rump (19) of Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG today completed a clean sweep of the Formula Masters China Series’ (FMCS) Round Three, making it three wins from three races held as the series made its Chinese Taipei debut at the Penbay International Circuit.
Rump started from pole in each race and pretty much decided matters across the first lap of each, too, in what proved a masterful showing from the talented young Estonian, who had warned after Friday’s qualifying sessions that he would relish the undulating Penbay track’s twists and turns. How right he proved to be.
Rump’s natural pace proved decisive across the weekend and those three wins extended his lead in the FMCS Drivers Classification to 21 points over Jake Parsons (20) of Meritus.GP, the Australian finishing in second place in Races 7 and 8 but slipping back to fourth in the final race of the weekend.
Picking up handy points in both the individual and Team Classification was 17-year-old Australian Nicholas Rowe of Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG, his run of third, third and second combined with Rump’s wins to help his team overtake Meritus.GP – they now hold a 24-point lead going into FMCS Round Four – while Rowe now sits in third place in the race for the drivers crown.
Significant movement was also seen at the top of the Chinese Drivers Classification, too, as 17-year-old Jeffrey Ye – who drives for Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG – overtook the absent Yuan Bo, of Meritus.GP, thanks to some consistent driving. He now leads Bo, by 107 points to 92, after collecting 50 points across the three races.
The weekend’s racing saw an impressive display on FMCS debut by Absolute Racing and their British 19-year-old Sennan Fielding, who finished third in Race 9 and had his new team cheering from the pits when he found a way past Parsons on lap one.
Parsons had earlier in the day made a bold move himself as he attempted to wrest control of Race 8 from Rump as they sped into the first turn, but the Estonian held his nerve and his line to stay in front and then kept his rivals at bay for the following eight laps.
There was more drama early within the chasing pack in Race 8 as, after starting fifth on the grid, Aidan Read (16) of Eurasia Motorsport reeled in Matthew Swanepoel (21) of Arrows Racing, who had started in fourth, and snuck by him on the tight turn four, only to have the South African return the favour on the very next turn.
The SRA pair of Ye and Sean Zheng Shangguang (17), who both drive for Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG, were also in the thick of the action all weekend as they raced just on the back of the leading drivers and they continued the improvement they have show so far during 2015.
FMCS returns to action for Round Four across the weekend of August 7-9 at the Kuala Lumpur Street Circuit in Malaysia.
Martin Rump/ Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG/ 1st Race 8, 1st Race 9
“I’m really happy with the performance of the team throughout this weekend. Hopefully we can transfer it into the next round as well. The car has been just amazing. It was a twisty and difficult circuit, so a good challenge for all of us, and it was just great to come out with the three victories and I think that sets us up well for the rest of the series.”
Jake Parsons/ Meritus.GP/ 2nd Race 8
“We had some nice improvements as we went on, we were pretty strong all weekend and we picked up a lot of data which we will continue to use. I’ve enjoyed the track as it’s been a new experience here for all of us. I thought we were quite consistent and we were quite happy with the pace we had all weekend.”
Nicholas Rowe/ Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG/ 3nd Race 8, 2nd Race 9
“I got a reasonably good start [in Race 9] and was a little bit better off than Martin. I wasn’t going to make any desperate moves on him because he was fastest all weekend, let’s be honest. But it was a really good weekend for me. I learnt a lot myself. The team really helped out and Martin really helped and overall I am looking forward to the next weekend. It should be good.”
Sennan Fielding/ Absolute Racing/ 3rd Race 9
“This is my first time on this side of world, first time in this car and first time at the circuit. I didn’t really know what to expect but it just been a great experience. Driving these cars and in this series is a thrill for me and we can look forward now to building the team and looking for more good results.”
Jeffrey Ye/ Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG / Best Chinese Driver
“My team and the SRA have taught me a lot and I am grateful for their support. I am learning all the time and this weekend has been my best so far. My aim now is just to keep learning and to keep improving.”
Sean Zheng Shangguan/ Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG/ Best Chinese Finisher Race 8
“I think my performance today was quite good and consistent. I am satisfied that I have moved up a few places. There is room for improvement in car controlling but I am learning as I go and I am happy with how far I have so far some this season.”
Results – Race 8
|1||4||Martin RUMP/EST||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||13:00.662|
|3||2||Nicholas ROWE/AUS||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||+7.038|
|4||49||Matthew SWANEPOEL/RSA||Arrows Racing||+8.535|
|5||5||Sennan FIELDING/GBR||Absolute Racing||+12.302|
|6||3||ZHENG Shangguan/CHN||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||+19.073|
|7||1||Jeffrey YE/CHN||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||+19.412|
|8||56||Shota KIYOHARA/JPN||Super License||+19.681|
|9||6||SUN Zheng/CHN||Absolute Racing||+27.709|
|11||7||KIMJeong Tae/KOR||Eurasia Motorsport||+34.353|
|12||17||HONG Shi Jie/CHN||Super License||1 lap|
|13||33||Tommy WONG/HKG||Maritus.GP||1 lap|
|14||24||Aidan READ/AUS||Eurasia Motorsport||3 laps|
|15||54||Sean HUDSPETH/SIN||Eurasia Motorsport||3 laps|
|16||55||Takashi HATA/JPN||Super License||6 laps|
Fastest Lap: Martin Rump/ Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG/ 1:37.036/130.9
Results – Race 9
|1||4||Martin RUMP/EST||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||21:40.767|
|2||2||Nicholas ROWE/AUS||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||+0.334|
|3||5||Sennan Fielding/GBR||Absolute Racing||+0.738|
|5||24||Aidan READ/AUS||Eurasia Motorsport||+1.784|
|6||56||Shota KIYOHARA/JPN||Super LIcense||+2.325|
|8||49||Matthew SWANEPOEL/RSA||Arrows Racing||+3.146|
|9||1||Jeffrey YE/CHN||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||+3.617|
|10||3||ZHENG Shangguan/CHN||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||+4.266|
|11||54||SEAN HUDSPETH/SIN||Eurasia Motorsport||+5.182|
|12||6||SUN Zheng/CHN||Absolute Racing||6.267|
|13||7||KIM Jeong Tae/KOR||Eurasia Motorsport||6.840|
|14||17||HONG Shi Jie/CHN||Super LIcense||24.612|
|15||55||Takashi HATA/JPN||Super License||9 laps|
Fastest Lap: Martin Rump/ Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG/ 1:36.501/131.6
Formula Masters China Series Points Classification after Round 3:
2015 Drivers Classification (Top 5)
|1||4||Martin RUMP (EST)||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||136|
|2||27||Jake PARSONS (AUS)||Meritus.GP||115|
|3||2||Nicholas ROWE (AUS)||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||74|
|4||24||Aidan READ (AUS)||Eurasia Motorsport||70|
|5||16||Daniel WOODROOF (MAL)||Meritus.GP||50|
2015 Best Chinese Driver Trophy
|1||1||Jeffrey YE||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||107|
|3||11||HUA Miao||Eurasia Motorsport||72|
|4||3||Sean ZHENG Shangguan||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||70|
|5||17||Stephen HONG Shijie||Super License||52|
2015 Team Classification
|1||Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG||204|
Formula Masters China Series 2015 Provisional Calendar
|24-26 April||1-3||Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia|
|5-7 June||4-6||Shanghai International Circuit, China|
|3-5 July||7-9||Penbay International Circuit, Chinese Taipei|
|7-9 August||10-12||Kuala Lumpur Street Circuit, Malaysia|
|18-20 September||13-15||Zhuhai International Circuit, China|
|17-19 October||16-18||Shanghai International Circuit, China|
Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) official website: www.formulamasterschina.com