05/05/2014

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James Munro

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Young Kiwi driver James Munro begins his international single seater debut this coming weekend at the Zhuhai circuit in China.

The Christchurch school student is racing for the Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG team at the first round of the Formula Masters China Series.

The six round one-make series uses a Tatuus FA010 Carbon composite monocoque (similar to a Toyota Racing Series car), FIA F3 homologated chassis and a 2.0 engine providing 180 HP.  The series is organized by Volkswagen Group China and TopSpeed Limited.

Already in China, Munro begins two days of testing before official testing starts on Thursday.  This is followed by qualifying on Friday and two races on Saturday and a third on Sunday.

The 17 year old won the New Zealand Formula Ford title in the 2012/13 season and then made his Toyota Racing Series debut this season.  Finishing second rookie and seventh overall, his first race win of the competition took place in just the second round held at Timaru International Raceway.

After the round at Zhuhai, Munro heads back to NZ to catch up on school work including sitting an exam before heading straight back to China for the second round at Shanghai 23-25 May.

nz motor racing editor: benjamin carrell
email: benjamin@sundaybusiness.co.nz