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Rump fights through to win first Shanghai race

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Formula Masters China Series

Photo: Formula Masters China Series

Estonian racer Martin Rump picked up his second victory of his debut season in Formula Masters China, winning the first race at Shanghai.

Despite his imperious pace in qualifying, Rump’s win was no certainty, the KCMG driver starting race on in sixth due to a grid penalty.

But the Estonian was up to third one lap in and set out after Meritus duo of Jake Parsons and Daniel Woodroof.

Having cleared Woodroof two laps later, Rump had Parsons in his sights, but his charge was interrupted by a safety car, brought out by a collision between Matthew Swanepoel and Shang Guan Zheng.

Yet it took Rump just one lap after the restart to clear Parsons, who was then stunned by Woodroof as well, his Malaysian teammate relegating him to third.

Nicholas Rowe took fourth, ahead of Eurasia drivers Aidan Read and Sean Hudspeth. Tomoki Takahashi, Yuan Bo, Jeffrey Ye and Kim Jeong Tae completed the top ten.

Rump will start the remaining two races of the round from pole, having topped qualifying two and set the fastest lap in the first race.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Martin Rump KCMG 10 laps in 19:59.500
2 Daniel Woodroof Meritus GP +2.726
3 Jake Parsons Meritus GP +3.467
4 Nicholas Rowe KCMG +4.678
5 Aidan Read Eurasia Motorsport +5.519
6 Sean Hudspeth Eurasia Motorsport +6.040
7 Tomoki Takahashi Super License +6.387
8 Yuan Bo Meritus GP +6.890
9 Jeffrey Ye KCMG +12.152
10 Kim Jeong Tae Eurasia Motorsport +14.580
11 Hua Miao Eurasia Motorsport +14.921
12 Takashi Hata Super License +15.082
13 Stephen Hong Super License +17.782
Not classified
Shang Guan Zheng KCMG +5 laps
Matthew Swanepoel Arrows Racing +5 laps
Zhang Dasheng Privateer +7 laps