Christchurch student James Munro continues to lead the Formula Masters China Series after three races at the Sepang International Circuit over the weekend. Two seconds and a fourth placing was not in the plan but has given him valuable points as the Series heads to the last two rounds for the season.
Race 12 (report to follow)
"A bit of a tough day today," commented Munro. "After getting a great start I was shuffled back to 6th in the first few laps. I made my way up to 3rd and we were fairly quick but unfortunately I dropped back to 4th with a few laps to go."
"It has been a very tough weekend, but I'm still leading the championship comfortably. The next two rounds will be in Zhuhai and Shanghai, where I started from pole in 4 of 5 races and won every race in the first two rounds! I'm sure we'll be back to our best at the next round."
Races 10 & 11
Hong Kong driver Matthew Solomon (18) of Eurasia Motorsport got his weekend off to a perfect start with victory in Races 10 and 11 of the Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) today at Malaysia’s Formula 1 track, the Sepang International Circuit. Solomon, who has now won four consecutive races, beat FMCS Drivers Classification leader James Munro (17) of Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG in both races and is now just 20 points out of first place with tomorrow’s Race 12 still to come.
“[Race 11] was tough after a good start where I was able to get to the lead for a bit," commented Munro. "It felt quite good but then I struggled a bit, sliding around quite a lot and I wasn’t able to get the lead back once Matthew had passed me."
"But it’s been a good job by the team, I still lead the championship by a long way and now I’ll have to go out there tomorrow and see whether I can get back on that top step.”
This morning’s wet Race 10 saw plenty of drama with the heavy rain. Starting from pole, Parsons held onto the lead at the start, with Solomon, Wells and Munro behind him. On the third lap, Parsons spun and fell back to fourth, handing Solomon the lead with Wells behind him. Munro got by Wells and began battling with the Hong Kong driver for the lead.
After Munro spun on Lap 5, Solomon was in the clear and remained unchallenged for the remainder of the 10-lap race to take victory by 8.902 seconds. Behind Solomon, team mates Munro and Wells battled, but Wells couldn’t get past.
With Parsons maintaining fourth, Hutomo worked his way up from 13th on the grid to finish fifth, while Yuan also made his way up to sixth having started 11th.
With the fastest lap times from Race 10 determining the grid for the six-lap Race 11, it was Solomon who started from pole position, with Munro alongside him. Wells and Yuan formed the second row, with Parsons and fellow FMCS newcomer Philip Hamprecht (17) of Super License on the third row.
Munro had a strong start and soon overtook Solomon for the lead. With Wells unable to start, Yuan moved into third but fell back to sixth after the first lap. He would go on to finish ninth. Parsons made his way up to third, with Hutomo off like a rocket to go from ninth to fourth by the end of the first lap.
Solomon took back the lead on Lap 2, with Parsons staying close to Munro; the two would battle for the remainder of the race. Hutomo was behind in fourth while Yuan overtook to move up into fifth. Yuan spun on Lap 4, falling to the middle of the field and he finished ninth. While Bao started from the back of the field, the Star Racing Academy driver worked his way up to finish eighth overall.