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Published on July 7th, 2015 | by Subhash Nair

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Formula Masters China Series’ Final Races on Penbay

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

Results – Race 8

 

PosNoDriver/NationalityEntrantTime
14Martin RUMP/ESTCebu Pacific Air by KCMG13:00.662
227Jake PARSONS/AUSMeritus.GP+5.576
32Nicholas ROWE/AUSCebu Pacific Air by KCMG+7.038
449Matthew SWANEPOEL/RSAArrows Racing+8.535
55Sennan FIELDING/GBRAbsolute Racing+12.302
63ZHENG Shangguan/CHNCebu Pacific Air by KCMG+19.073
71Jeffrey YE/CHNCebu Pacific Air by KCMG+19.412
856Shota KIYOHARA/JPNSuper License+19.681
96SUN Zheng/CHNAbsolute Racing+27.709
1016Daniel WOODRUF/MALMeritus.GP+29.072
117KIMJeong Tae/KOREurasia Motorsport+34.353
1217HONG Shi Jie/CHNSuper License1 lap
1333Tommy WONG/HKGMaritus.GP1 lap
1424Aidan READ/AUSEurasia Motorsport3 laps
1554Sean HUDSPETH/SINEurasia Motorsport3 laps
1655Takashi HATA/JPNSuper License6 laps

 

 

Fastest Lap: Martin Rump/ Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG/ 1:37.036/130.9

 

Race 9 Results

 

PosNoDriver/NationalityEntrantTime
14Martin RUMP/ESTCebu Pacific Air by KCMG21:40.767
22Nicholas ROWE/AUSCebu Pacific Air by KCMG+0.334
35Sennan Fielding/GBRAbsolute Racing+0.738
427Jake PARSONS/AUSMeritus.GP+1.241
524Aidan READ/AUSEurasia Motorsport+1.784
656Shota KIYOHARA/JPNSuper LIcense+2.325
716Daniel WOODROOF/MALMeritus.GP+2.311
849Matthew SWANEPOEL/RSAArrows Racing+3.146
91Jeffrey YE/CHNCebu Pacific Air by KCMG+3.617
103ZHENG Shangguan/CHNCebu Pacific Air by KCMG+4.266
1154SEAN HUDSPETH/SINEurasia Motorsport+5.182
126SUN Zheng/CHNAbsolute Racing6.267
137KIM Jeong Tae/KOREurasia Motorsport6.840
1417HONG Shi Jie/CHNSuper LIcense24.612
1555Takashi HATA/JPNSuper License9 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)

PosNoName/ Nat.EntrantPoints
14Martin RUMP (EST)Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG136
227Jake PARSONS (AUS)Meritus.GP115
32Nicholas ROWE (AUS)Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG74
424Aidan READ (AUS)Eurasia Motorsport70
516Daniel WOODROOF (MAL)Meritus.GP50

 

2015 Best Chinese Driver Trophy

PosNoName/ Nat.EntrantPoints
11Jeffrey YECebu Pacific Air by KCMG107
28YUAN BoMeritus.GP92
311HUA MiaoEurasia Motorsport72
43Sean ZHENG ShangguanCebu Pacific Air by KCMG70
517Stephen HONG ShijieSuper License52

 

2015 Team Classification

PosEntrantPoints
1Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG204
2Meritus.GP180
3Eurasia Motorsport97
4Arrows Racing47
5Super License26
6Absolute Racing16

 

Formula Masters China Series 2015 Provisional Calendar

 

DateRacesVenue
24-26 April1-3Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
5-7 June4-6Shanghai International Circuit, China
3-5 July7-9Penbay International Circuit, Chinese Taipei
7-9 August10-12Kuala Lumpur Street Circuit, Malaysia
18-20 September13-15Zhuhai International Circuit, China
17-19 October16-18Shanghai International Circuit, China

 


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