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Formula Masters China Series drivers showcase talents in Audi R8 LMS Cup test

Three promising Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) drivers have had their first taste of the Audi R8 LMS Cup car at an exclusive test at the Sepang International Circuit.

FMCS_(left to right) Yuan Bo, Andersen Martono, James Munro

Rewarded for their strong results in the first half of the 2014 season, FMCS Drivers Classification leader James Munro (17) of New Zealand, Best Chinese Driver Trophy leader Yuan Bo and Indonesia’s Andersen Martono (17) spent Monday working with former Formula 1 driver Alex Yoong, who currently races in the Audi R8 LMS Cup, as they tested the Audi R8 LMS Cup car for the first time. The collaboration between FMCS and the Audi R8 LMS Cup highlights the numerous opportunities provided by Volkswagen Group China to FMCS drivers. 

Given the valuable chance to impress Audi representatives with their talent, speed and ability to master the unfamiliar car quickly, the trio did not disappoint. Regularly lapping in two minutes 11 seconds on the 5.543 km circuit, Martono, Munro and Yuan demonstrated the benefits of the strong motorsport foundation they are receiving via FMCS.

FMCS_Alex Yoong works with Andersen Martono

“We are delighted that Formula Masters China Series drivers James Munro, Yuan Bo and Andersen Martono had a strong day of testing in the Audi R8 LMS Cup car,” said Dominic Lyncker, Director Motorsport, Volkswagen Group China. “FMCS was created precisely for this reason – to provide the region’s top talents with a solid motorsport foundation and to provide opportunities between FMCS drivers and the Volkswagen Group China motorsport family.”

Established in 2013, FMCS has already proven its efficacy: reigning FMCS champion Aidan Wright of Australia graduated from FMCS to the Audi R8 LMS Cup, while Hong Kong’s Matthew Solomon races in both FMCS and the Audi R8 LMS Cup. FMCS driver Ronald Wu of Hong Kong also made his R8 LMS Cup debut at Fuji earlier this year.

“FMCS is an excellent platform for developing young drivers from formula cars to GT racing. Aidan Wright, Matt Solomon and Ronald Wu have already been proving their potential in the Audi R8 LMS Cup. The test at Sepang was a great opportunity to evaluate more of China and the region’s rising talents,” said Rene Koneberg, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “We were impressed by how quickly the three drivers adapted to the Audi R8 LMS Cup car and perhaps in the future we will see them return to race with us.”

Formula Masters China Series will next be in action from September 19-21 for four races at the Zhuhai International Circuit.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia set for First Class season as lid lifted on 2014 field

As the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia revs up ahead of its 12th season as the leading light in regional sportscar competition, the First Class international field from 10 countries and territories was unveiled today, just prior to the official test at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit this weekend.

New Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)

New Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)

Twenty-eight of the stunning, all-new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) racing cars will contest the prestigious 11-race, seven-meeting calendar. The more powerful 3.8-litre flat six engine produces 460 horsepower, 10 more than previously, and the six-speed sequential gearbox is operated by pneumatic paddle shift system, yet another first for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

2014 PCCA Drivers

Lexus RC F GT3 concept unveiled for 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Lexus will debut a racing version of its RC F performance coupe at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.

Lexus RC F GT3 concept

The RC F GT3 concept has been developed to meet GT3 international racing standards. Weighing just 1,250 kg, the RC F GT3 features a modified version of the RC F’s V8 engine, producing a maximum power output approaching 400 kilowatts. 

Lexus will supply GT3-compliant vehicles to racing teams starting in 2015, with vehicle testing commencing this year. GT3-compliant vehicles are an attractive option for race events globally and are eligible for numerous events, including the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in Germany and the Super Taikyu Endurance and Super GT series in Japan.

Lexus RC F GT3 concept major specifications

Length (mm)

Width (mm)

Height (mm)

Weight (kg)

Wheelbase (mm)

Engine

Power

4,705

2,000

1,270

1,250

2,730

V8 gasoline engine

Approx 397kW

 

 

Photo Gallery: Lexus RC F GT3 concept

Malaysia to host Ferrari Racing Days at Sepang International Circuit 21-23 February 2014

Kuala Lumpur will play host to the first-ever Ferrari Racing Days 2014 in South East Asia that will take place at the famous Sepang International Circuit. The special race event for Ferrari owners and Ferrari fans will take place over 3 days from 21st to 23rd February 2014.

2013 Ferrari Challenge APAC-Round 6-Sepang

Being one of the biggest owner events ever organised by Ferrari Far East, Ferrari Racing Days provides various track activities and entertainment that allows hundreds of Ferrari owners and fans to gather and experience in one weekend the world of Ferrari. The event will also feature the first round of the Ferrari APAC Challenge 2014.

“We are absolutely thrilled to host the first-ever Ferrari Racing Days in Malaysia at Sepang International Circuit.  This is a unique event that will see the biggest collection of Ferrari’s that Malaysia has ever seen. We are so excited to not only host our valued Ferrari owners at this event but we also look forward to welcoming thousands of Ferrari fans and lovers of motorsport and share with us the passion, excitement and glamour that only the world of Ferrari can offer.” Says Managing Director of Ferrari Far East, Giuseppe Cattaneo. 

Among the many programmes during the weekend, Ferrari owners will get the opportunity to get behind the wheel of their own splendid cars to see how they measure up in a few on-track sessions.  In addition to the view of the Pits, there will also be a display of the latest complete Ferrari line-up and some impressive models of Ferraris that have helped create the history of the Prancing Horse, like the Enzo, 550 Barchetta and the 430 Scuderia16M. 

The main competitive race will be the Ferrari Challenge, one of the most popular one-make series in the world, where over 2,400 drivers have raced from over 40 different countries since 1993. Asia Pacific region has joined the race in 2011 and 2014 will be the fourth year, with Malaysia having the honour of opening the season at Sepang International Circuit.

Gentlemen drivers who already have competition experience from Trofeo Pirelli will see in action the 458 Challenge, the mid-rear V8 berlinetta derived from the 458 Italia and the fifth model used by Ferrari in its one-make racing series.

This action-packed weekend will be open to everyone including current owners and Ferrari fans to experience the world of Ferrari.  For members of the public, entrance will be free at Sepang International Circuit during the 3-day programme.

Ferrari Racing Days 2014 : Asia-Pacific Challenge

Round 1            February 21-23 – Sepang, Malaysia (Ferrari Racing Days)

Round 2            April 11-13 – Sydney, Australia (Ferrari Racing Days)

Round 3            June 6-8 – Shanghai, China (Ferrari Racing Days)

Round 4            July 4-6 – Inje, Korea

Round 5            August 22-24 - Japan

Round 6            September 19-21 – Fuji, Japan (Ferrari Racing Days)

Round 7            December 3-6 – TBA (Finali Mondiali)

Bamber, Loeb and Ragginger in all-star Macau podium for Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

Loeb, Bamber & Ragginger

Three drivers, each making their debuts on Macau’s demanding Guia street circuit this weekend, filled an all-star podium for the Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Carrera Cup Asia at the 60th Macau Grand Prix today. Earl Bamber took victory for LKM Racing in the wet, nine-lap end-of-season invitational, followed across the line by nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb, who proved just as potent in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup as he was on the toughest rally stages.  Third was Team Eagle’s Martin Ragginger of Austria in a brilliant comeback from fifth on the grid after a difficult qualifying session.

Bamber Leads Loeb

Taking the Class B victory was Alif Hamdan of Nexus Racing, who managed to dramatically snatch victory from category pole-sitter Francis Tjia of OpenRoad Racing on the final lap.  Taking the final podium spot was Kevin Tse, making his debut with the series and flying the flag for Macau.