Shanghai. As the
The weekend will feature double-headers for both the
The calendar opens with the first of three F1 World Championship-supporting races at the series’ home in Shanghai, before a return to the picturesque and challenging Fuji International Speedway and a reunion with the
Pioneering the development of professional motorsport competition in Southeast Asia, the 2015
The overall and Class B championships came right down to the wire at the final round where van der Drift kept his eye on the main prize to claim the title, and Tan endured a dramatic battle to claim championship he had fought so long and hard for. Second at the end of the season was Clearwater Racing’s Craig Baird, like van der Drift and Bamber one of a number of hugely-successful New Zealand drivers. Seventeen-year-old Nico Menzel, the series youngest-ever competitor and son of two-time champion Christian, was third after an impressive debut season of
Four Class B drivers remained in title contention as the lights went out for the last time in 2015, but it was Tan who eventually won the prize by a single point from Thailand’s Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak after a spin by OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia put him back into contention. Modena Motorsport’s Wayne Shen, Class B champion in 2012, finished the season in third.
In March, the 28-strong field gathered for the first time for a pre-season test at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit where they welcomed some new faces, among them Menzel and van der Drift, who had received a last-minute call-up from Clearwater Racing.
Round 1, at the Chinese F1 Grand Prix, saw a familiar face take the opening win of the season, with Baird beating fellow countryman van der Drift, and Team
Korea’s International Circuit welcomed the
June saw the
Returning to the Land of Smiles after a ten-year absence, the championship made its debut at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand, and van der Drift continued to extend his winning streak, taking pole and yet another double victory. Menzel continued his impressive debut season, taking his debut podium with a second place finish in Round 7, and repeating his success in Race 2. Baird and Ragginger shared third place honours.
At Sepang in Malaysia, Menzel went one better and took his first
As the field headed to Singapore and the Lion City’s Marina bay street circuit, van der Drift had a healthy 19-point lead from title rival Baird, while Menzel’s increasing pace put him third on the overall leaderboard. The double header saw Baird strike back, taking pole, a win and a second place, while van der Drift could only manage a third place podium in Round 12. Tung was second in Round 11, ahead of Menzel who took his fifth consecutive podium.
The Singapore F1 Grand Prix had set the stage for what was to be a thrilling season finale as the
Van der Drift arrived in Shanghai with an eight-point lead from championship rival Baird, while four drivers remained in contention for the Class B title. Van der Drift got the job done, giving his China
In Class B, Avila’s team mate Yuey Tan proved that consistency is the key to championship success. Scoring points at every round, with the exception of the first race in Singapore when he retired with mechanical problems but earned a point for pole position, Tan topped the leaderboard for most of the season. However, his Class B rivals fought long and hard. The single point he earned for taking Class B pole position proved the clincher for Tan.
Provisional Race Calendar
|March 04 – 06||Sepang Intl. Circuit, Malaysia||Test Days||-|
|April 15 – 17||Shanghai Intl. Circuit, China||Formula 1 Support Race*||Round1|
|June 03 – 05||Fuji Intl. Circuit, Japan||One Make Series Festival||Round 2&3|
|July 08 – 10||Chang Intl. Circuit, Thailand||TBD*||Round 4&5|
|August 26 --28||Sydney Motorsport Park, Australia||V8 Support race||Round 6&7|
|September 16 – 18||Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore||Formula 1 Support Race*||Round 8|
|Sep. 30---Oct. 02||Sepang Intl. Circuit, Malaysia||Formula 1 Support Race*||Round 9|
|November 04 – 06||Shanghai Intl. Circuit, China||WEC Shanghai*||Round 10&11|
*Subject to the confirmation of commercial agreement