The Formula Masters China series has seen the addition of eleven more drivers to its roster, bringing the total tally of those signed to 18.
New Chinese team Zen Motorsport have confirmed a four-car lineup for 2014, with sophomore driver Ronald Wu leading the way. The Hong Kong-born 20-year-old finished tenth in the Formula Masters China series last season with KCMG Motorsport, despite missing the last two rounds. He also participated in a single round of the Asian Formula Renault championship at Shanghai, taking pole position and grabbing two podiums.?Another sophomore joining the squad is Chinese driver Bao Jin Long. The 27-year-old Star Junior Racing Academy member embarked on a full season of the Formula Masters China series with the Star Racing Team last year, finishing 12th overall.
A third sophomore driver, Yin Hai Tao, was in-between the aforementioned drivers in the series last year in 11th place, having driven the Team Ukyo/Super License squad. Prior to that, the 27-year-old had received the “Best Chinese Driver” award in 2011 in the China Scirocco R-Cup. Completing the quartet?is?Miao Hua, a member of the Star Junior Racing Academy,?who steps up to cars this year after winning the China karting championship last year.
Another new squad joining the series this year is Humpuss Junior Racing Team from Indonesia, who have announced two local drivers for 2014. ?Yasuo Senna Iriawan,?runner-up in the Asian Karting Open in 2011, joins the team after finishing 12th in the inaugural season of the Meritus-backed Formula BMW Asia Cup in 2013. He is joined in the team by compatriot Darma Mangkuluhur Hutomo, who finished seventh in the Asian Karting Open in 2011 and was 14th overall in the Asia Cup in 2013.
South African driver?Aston Hare joins previously-announced?Andersen Martono and?Mandla Mdakane at?Meritus GP for 2014. The 18-year-old won the JK Racing Asia Series in 2012. He was set to do a full German F3 campaign with EuroInternational in 2013, but ran out of funding after the first round and instead focussed on the Asia Cup Super 6 series, where he finished runner-up to?Arjun Maini. Meritus is set to have a four-car lineup for 2014, with the identity of their fourth driver yet to be confirmed.
Indian team Meco Motorsports returns to the grid, with a sole Indian driver Akhil Rabindra. In 2013,?The 17-year-old was a runner-up in the Toyota Etios Motor Racing Trophy, and finished fourth overall in the JK Tyre National Championship.?Rabindra earned a selection to FIA Institute’s 2013-14 Young Driver Excellence Academy, and made it to the top-25 finalists in Force India’s ‘One From A Billion’ talent hunt.
Ukyo Katayama’s Super License squad also have announced only one driver for the 2014 season, Japanese driver Yuja Motojima. The 23-year-old had previously finished fourth in Formula Challenge Japan in 2010.
Singaporean driver Sean Hudspeth completes Eurasia’s four-car lineup, joining previously-announced drivers Matthew Solomon,?Bo Yuan and Kevin Pu Jun Jin.?The 20-year-old has previously driven in the series in 2012, under it’s ‘Formula Pilota China’ guise in just the final weekend at Sepang, posting a best finish of seventh.
2014 Formula Masters China grid so far
|Meritus GP||Andersen Martono, Mandla Mdakane, Aston Hare|
|Eurasia Motorsport||Matthew Solomon, Yuan Bo, Kevin Pu Jun Jin, Sean Hudspeth|
|KCMG||Matthew Swanepoel, James Munro, Dan Wells|
|Super License||Yuja Motojima|
|Meco Motorsports||Akhil Rabindra|
|Humpuss Junior Racing||Yasuo Senna Iriawan, Darma Hutomo|
|Zen Motorsport||Ronald Wu, Bao Jin Long, Yin Hai Tao, Miao Hua|