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FUCHS sponsored Formula Masters China Series

Organized by the Volkswagen Group China, Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) is China and the region’s premier international junior single-seater series. Launched in 2013, FMCS is a proven platform on which to develop future motorsport stars. FMCS sets the benchmark in the region and helps develop drivers to race in the prestigious Volkswagen Group China GT championships as well as respected international open-wheel series such as the GP3 Series and the FIA Formula 3 Championship. Paving the way for young drivers on the Chinese and Asian motorsport scene, FMCS provides an affordable and equitable stage on which to nurture fledgling talent, ensuring skill and not financial advantage dictate success on the race track.

 

Partnering with FUCHS allows our Formula Masters China Series to directly apply the most reliable racing lubricants from FUCHS under the most extreme conditions. This external laboratory allows not only drivers to 100% rely on the quality of Fuchs lubricants for a sustained and balanced engine power but also the race on the most challenging race tracks in the world.

Daniel Lu takes double victory in Sepang

Absolute Racing Driver Daniel Lu proved unbeatable at the Sepang International Circuit, Winning the first two races of the season.

Qualifying was held on a damp track and in Qualifying 1 (determining the starting position of race 1) most cars were on wet tires except for Takashi Hata from Super license and Luo Kailuo from Linky Racing, who qualifying 3rd and 8th respectively on Slicks. But Daniel Frost from Eurasia Motorsport managed to take the first pole of the season. The Absolute Racing drivers who had dominated free practice seemed to have struggled a little in the damp conditions during qualifying.

For Race 1, Daniel Lu started from 4th on the grid. After 3 laps, Tayler Cockerton from Cebu Pacific Air by Pinnacle Motorsport who qualified 2nd and James Yu from Absolute Racing came together at T2 after James Yu optimistically dived in the inside of Cockerton. After the race, the stewards handed Yu a 3 race grid penalty for race 2 for causing an avoidable collision. Cockerton’s strong qualifying result did not deliver the points he hoped for, as his race was instantly over. James Yu came to a halt at T5 as well from the damage sustained. Resulting in the safety car coming out on lap 6. The safety car was called in a lap later, but slowed down the pack just before entering the pits, which hindered Frost getting a good restart, Lu managed to get past on the restart and finished first with Frost in second and Arvin Esmaeili from Absolute racing in third. Isyraf Danish from Eurasia Motorsport started last after spinning out during the first lap in qualifying and to make matters worse, jumped the start, resulting in a drive through penalty. But the young Malaysian was determined to show his competitors he will be a force to be reckoned with this season, by setting a blistering fastest lap of 2:05:992 which earned him pole for Race 2.

Isyraf Danish who was starting from pole for Race 2 unfortunately stalled at the start, handing the lead immediately to Danial Lu, who then led the race until the finish. Never far behind were Arvin Esmaeili and Taylor Cockerton who finished in 2nd and 3rd. A little further down the field Daniel Frost and James Yu were locked in a tight battle for 4th place, Frost finishing 4th and Yu 5th and new Philippine driver Ben Grimes from Cebu Pacific Air by Pinnacle Motorsport finished in a fine 6th place. We expect to see a lot more from him as the season progresses. Spanish Driver Antolin Gonzalez and Australian Kurt Hill crossed the finish line less then 2 tenths of a second apart in 7th and 8th place.

In the Masters Class, Zhang Ya Qi and Hu Nan both from China and driving for Linky Racing, took a win each.

The Formula Master Series has is a very strong driver line up this year and the season is shaping up to become a very competitive one in this very international field of young professional drivers.

Victories for Daniel and Taylor in Sepang

In Race 3 Taylor Cockerton from Cebu Pacific Air by Pinnacle Motorsport did not crack under pressure and drove a stellar race from start to finish. The short 6 laps race saw some intense on track action. And the top 4 finished within 1.5 second of each other. Daniel Frost finished second and Daniel Lu in third.

On the first lap Arvin Esmaeili spun at T4 after riding the kerb too high and hit the barrier. In T15 Kurt Hill had to take evasive action to avoid a collision and spun in the process ending his race. With 2 cars on the track in dangerous positions, the safety car was deployed. The safety car was called in on Lap 3 and Daniel Frost followed closely by Daniel Lu started to chase down Cockerton. On the penultimate lap Frost and Cockerton were side by side across the main straight and Frost manged to get passed for a short while, only to run wide in T1 and handing the lead back to Taylor Cockerton.

Antolin Gonzalez had a good race fighting with James Yu, and was set to finish in fifth, but a spin in the last turn resulted in him finishing last. Luo Kai Luo from Linky racing finished in 5th place followed by the Mexican Manuel Cabrera in 6th position.

The drivers fastest lap times which set the grid for Race 4, were within 0.3 seconds for the top 6 drivers. Daniel Lu managed to claim his first pole for the season in the process with a 2:06.808

Race 4 was another spectacular race, with Daniel Lu from Absolute racing leading the race from start to finish and setting the fastest lap on the way. Daniel Frost, Eurasia Motorsport finishing 2nd and Taylor Cockerton finishing 3rd. James Yu managed to stay close to Daniel Frost and Cockerton. And came home in 4th position.

At the start Car 14 stalled on the grid and resulted in the field going for an additional formation lap. Reducing the race to 9 laps. After the 2nd Lap, Arvind Esmaeili dived on the inside of Ben Grimes at T2, the pair made contact, resulting in Esmaeili losing some valuable time a Grimes race came to an end there and then.

The front pack remained close for the first few laps, but when Frost got under attack from Taylor Cockerton, Daniel Lu managed to pull a gap and crossed the finish line 4.695 seconds ahead of frost. Frost managed to hold onto 2nd place.

A bit further down the field for 5th position, Antolin Gonzalez from Cebu Pacific Air by Pinnacle Motorsport came out ahead of both Eurasia Drivers Kurt Hill and Isyraf Danish who finished in 6th, 7th position respectively. With Arvin Esmaeili finishing in 8th position.

Zhang Ya Qi, from Linky Racing , Wining the Masters Class, came home in 9th place overall and Hu Nan in 11th Place.

Daniel Lu is leading the championship with 69 points ahead of Daniel Frost with 50 points and Taylor Cockerton in third place with 37 points.

Zhang is now leading the Masters class by 7 points with a total of 67 points.

In the team Classification, Absolute is leading with 111 points ahead of Cebu Pacific Air by Pinnacle Motorsport with 70 points. And Eurasia Motorsport in the third place with 63 points.

Formula Masters Series battle resumes at Sepang

After the first round of FMS last month at the Sepang International Circuit, the FMS championship will continue with Round 2 with 4 races this weekend in Sepang.
As a leading primary formula series in China and Asia area, FMS provide a best platform for young racing drivers to enter the world of international racing.
Team Super License will replace Japanese driver Takashi Hata for Tomoki TAKAHASHI who competed in the series before. He will find a competitive grid to share with his new adversaries.
Absolute Racing had a good first round and is leading the FMS team Championship as well as the drivers championship with Daniel LU from China who scored 3 victories and 69 points. Close behind LU is Daniel Frost who’s from Eurasia Motorsport with 51 Points.
Daniel LU is going to be busy this weekend as he will drive both in the Asian Formula Renault as well as in the Formula Masters Series. It remains to be seen if the additional track time will benefit the youngster or if fatigue will set in during the weekend.
Arvin ESMAEILI from Sweden was on the podium twice last event and will look if he can make it to the top step this weekend. Looking very strong last event but missing out on a Podium were James YU from China and Manuel CABRERA from Mexico and are aiming for their maiden podium this season.
Taylor COCKERTON from New Zealand got his first win of the season last event, and was on podium twice. He will race together with his team mates Ben GRIMES (Philippines) and Antolin GONZALEZ (Spain), to score more points for team Cebu Pacific Air by Pinnacle Motorsport.
Malaysian driver Danial FROST from team Eurasia Motorsport got the runner-up in 3 races, and ranked second also in the classification. He will race together with his team mates Isyraf DANISH (Malaysian) and Kurt HILL (Philippines).
Chinese drivers HU Nan, ZHANG Ya Qi, and LUO Kai Luo will race again for team Linky Racing this weekend.
One practice session and two qualifying session will be held on Friday. Then race 5 (10 laps) and race 6 (6 laps) are held on Saturday. Followed by two more races of 10 laps on Sunday.

Absolute Racing James YU takes double pole and his maiden victory in the Formula Master Series Race 5.

Qualifying was held in dry conditions and Car no.5 James YU from Absolute Racing took Pole in Qualifying 1 with a lap-time of 2:05.890. It was quite close with the Top 8 drivers all within 1 second from each other. Car no.55 Daniel LU who’s also from Absolute Racing qualified second and Car no.13 Antolin GONZALEZ from Cebu Pacific Air by Pinnacle Motorsport saw his best qualifying performance, setting the third fastest lap time.

In Qualifying 2 James YU put in a perfect lap of 2:05.270 and was 0.708 clear of the second placed driver Daniel LU. But it was very close between the rest of the pack with 8 within 0.3 seconds of each other.

Race 5

James YU drove a perfect race in from Pole to Flag in Race 5. The safety car came out on Lap 7 due to Antolin GONZALEZ spinning at T4, which closed up the field, when the safety-car came in a lap later, James had a good restart and maintained the lead.

Car no.11 Taylor COCKERTON from Cebu Pacific Air by Pinnacle Motorsport finished in second and Car no. 66 Danial FROST from Eurasia Motorsport finished in third. Car no.96 Kurt HILL from Eurasia Motorsport managed to set the fastest lap time of 2:07.028 during race, earning him the pole position for Race 6. Earlier on lap 6 Kurt and Cebu Pacific Air by Pinnacle Motorsport driver Car no.12 Ben GRIMES came together in T15 after Kurt tried to dive in on the inside with Ben closing the door, resulting in Ben spinning and losing his hopes on a Podium position. The stewards deemed it a racing incident.

Race 6

Daniel LU won the short 6 lap race with Taylor COCKERTON again in second and James YU in third, the race got under way in a chaotic fashion, when Ben GRIMES missed his grid box, resulting in a restart, which shorted the race even further to 5 laps. At the extra formation lap, Cebu Pacific Air by Pinnacle Motorsport driver Antolin GONZALEZ stalled his car on the grid. When the marshals wanted to push him inside the pit-lane, he bump-started his car which is against the rules. Both Ben and Antolin received a drive-through penalty.

Car 19 Isyraf DANISH from Eurasia Motorsport and Ben GRIMES came together at T9 on Lap 1 after Isyraf tried to dive on the inside of Ben GRIMES. Resulting in contact and Ben spinning out. Ben managed to restart the car but lost too much time and finished last. The incident ended Isyraf’s race.

In the Masters Class, Zhang Ya Qi and Hu Nan both from China and driving for Linky Racing, took a win each.

 

 

Three wins out of four races for James Yu

Race 7
 
Car no.5 James Yu from Absolute Racing won both races on Sunday for the Formula Masters Series at Sepang International Circuit. After his maiden victory on Saturday the Absolute Racing Team Driver won 3 out 4 races this weekend. The championship is getting closer and it looks like it will go down to the wire this season, Car no.55 Daniel Lu who’s also from Absolute Racing is still leading with 106 points, but James is now in second with just 11 points behind Lu and Danial Frost from Eurasia Motorsport and Taylor Cockerton from Cebu Pacific Air by Pinnacle Motorsport are still very much in contention with 90 and 85 points respectively.
 
The Race 7 grid was based on the Qualifying 2 results, and James started from pole position with Danial Frost starting alongside James and Car no.6 Tomoki Takahashi from Super License in third place.
 
James YU had a good start and managed to stay in the lead. Daniel LU had a good start as well and managed to get past Tomoki Takahashi. At the first turn Ben Grimes from Cebu Pacific Air by Pinnacle Motorsport spun causing Arvin Esmaeili from Absolute Racing having to brake hard and his team mate Manuel Cabrera touched him from behind and got some airtime, but luckily both drivers managed to continue and finish the race.
 
Once the race got under way Tomoki Takahashi, got back to 3rd on lap 5 and started to put pressure on Singaporean Danial Frost. Takahashi found a way past Frost at T4, but Frost immediately took back the place and managed to keep the hard charging Japanese behind him till the chequered flag.
 
In the Master Cup, Hu Nan spun out T14 on lap 8. Which caused a yellow flag and handed Zhang Yang qi the victory in the Master Cup.
 
Driver quotes
 
#5 James YU (Race 7, Winner)
it was a great race, very comfortable with the car, I think the car had some good performance. I think we had a good advantage in terms of lap time. So I think I hopefully we can do more races like this.
 
#66 Danial FROST (Race 7, 2nd place)
I started P2, I tried to catch James in P1 but he finished six seconds ahead of me, so I definitely could not catch him so I just sticked to P2, stay consistent in the whole race. Had Tomoki on the in side of me on the last lap at turn 4, but I had a switch back so I stayed in P2
 
#6 Tomoki TAKAHASHI (Race 7, 3rd place)
The start wasn't perfect because I didn't get the position I wanted. Hope to have a better start and get a good position in the next race.
 
 
Race 8
 
Another pole for James Yu who was on the front row alongside the Spanish Antolin Gonzalez from Cebu Pacific Air by Pinnacle Motorsport. Unfortunately Gonzalez overshot his grid box which caused an extra formation lap as well as the driver being given a drive-through penalty, Dashing his hopes for a podium position.
 
James managed to pull away and was in control most of the race. Taylor Cockerton was following in second. On lap 3, Kurt Hill from Eurasia Motorsport clashed with his Team Mate Isyraf Danish at T1 which caused him to retire and bringing out the safety car.
 
It was a strong performance of Daniel Lu who started 9th on the grid and managed to finish third taking the last step on the podium.
 
Linky Racing, who are new to the series are also improving every race and managed to get good results in this very competitive season. Zhang Ya Qi finished 7th and Luo Kao Luo in 8th.
 
The next race will be in Zhuhai, (China) on the 16th till 18th of June with 3 races.
 
Driver quotes
 
#5 James YU (Race 8, Winner)
Four races, four podiums, obviously it's great for me. So I’m quite happy with my performance. I really want to thank team for their continuous support, my team has done so much to help me advance and support me. They made a really a comfortable car. I hope next race in Zhuhai will be as good as this one.
 
#11 Taylor COCKERTON (Race 8, 2nd place)
Overall is not too bad. 3 second places and a fifth. Obviously, our biggest thing we need to work on is the qualifying, we obviously stuffed it up a bit. A big thank you to the PRT boys, they worked very hard this weekend.
 
#55 Daniel LU (Race 8, 3rd place)
This weekend was a very good weekend for me, especially racing 2 series AFR ( Asian Formula Renault ) and FMS. It's not an easy job, but I start from P9 and finish at P3, I am very happy with this result, still leading the championship. So I will keep pushing hard till the end.

FUCHS sponsored Formula Masters China Series

Organized by the Volkswagen Group China, Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) is China and the region’s premier international junior single-seater series. Launched in 2013, FMCS is a proven platform on which to develop future motorsport stars. FMCS sets the benchmark in the region and helps develop drivers to race in the prestigious Volkswagen Group China GT championships as well as respected international open-wheel series such as the GP3 Series and the FIA Formula 3 Championship. Paving the way for young drivers on the Chinese and Asian motorsport scene, FMCS provides an affordable and equitable stage on which to nurture fledgling talent, ensuring skill and not financial advantage dictate success on the race track.

 

Partnering with FUCHS allows our Formula Masters China Series to directly apply the most reliable racing lubricants from FUCHS under the most extreme conditions. This external laboratory allows not only drivers to 100% rely on the quality of Fuchs lubricants for a sustained and balanced engine power but also the race on the most challenging race tracks in the world.

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