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Munro edges closer to title with race one win at Shanghai

by Aditya Banerjee
Photo: Formula Masters China

Photo: Formula Masters China

New Zealander James Munro took a step closer to winning the 2014 Formula Masters China Series by winning the first race of the final weekend at Shanghai.

The Kiwi started on pole and managed to maintain a slender advantage for most of the race, winning by 1.3 seconds.

His closest championship rival Matthew Solomon?took no points after pitting at the end of the formation lap due to a gearbox issue, although he did finish the race three laps down.

Australian driver Jake Parsons took a strong second place after starting in fifth, passing teammate Andersen Martono and KCMG’s Dan Wells on the same lap. He tried to cut the gap to Munro, but ended up settling for a podium finish.

Wells took third, just ahead ahead of German driver Philip Hamprecht, with Martono making up the top five. Zen Motorsport’s Yin Hai Tao came home sixth, ahead of Darma Hutomo.

Ronald Wu held off Senna Iriawan for eighth, with Yuan Bo being the only Eurasia driver in the top ten.

With two races to go, Munro now has a 27-point lead over Solomon with just 32 up for grabs. The KCMG driver will start on pole for race two as well, having taken the fastest lap in race one.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 James Munro KCMG 11 laps in 22:51.352
2 Jake Parsons Meritus GP +1.335
3 Dan Wells KCMG +6.510
4 Philip Hamprecht Super License +7.140
5 Andersen Martono Meritus GP +7.743
6 Yin Hai Tao Zen Motorsport +12.282
7 Darma Hutomo Humpuss Junior Racing Team +14.925
8 Ronald Wu Zen Motorsport +15.893
9 Yasuo Senna Iriawan Humpuss Junior Racing Team +16.114
10 Yuan Bo Eurasia Motorsport +18.428
11 Pu Jun Jin Eurasia Motorsport +19.614
12 Aidan Read Eurasia Motorsport +29.464
13 Hua Miao Eurasia Motorsport +44.347
14 Matthew Solomon Eurasia Motorsport +3 laps
Not classified
Bao Jin Long Zen Motorsport +9 laps
Yuja Motojima Super License +11 laps
Ryuji Kumita KCMG +11 laps