Cebu Pacific Air by PRT concluded the Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) fourth event a fortnight ago with a podium finish at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. Headed by Kim Jeong Tae and Thomas Swift, the Philippine-based team showed its strong performance throughout all the weekend’s three races and scored valuable championship points.
Kim adapted well to the 5.54-kilometer Formula One track and qualified in third in both sessions. Swift’s best efforts, on the other hand, would allow him to qualify in eighth and 11th.
Run under the scorching Malaysian heat, Race 10 the other Saturday saw Kim immediately challenge for position on the opening lap. He quickly disposed of the other drivers to take the lead by Turn 4. Unfortunately, the South Korean driver spun out and lost several places to finish in fifth. Swift was also locked in a tight battle running as high as fifth place, but would fail to finish after spinning out of contention.
Sunday’s six-lap sprint was almost a repeat of the previous day’s events. Kim once again climbed up a spot as the grid got underway in Race 11 and held onto second place until he crossed the finish line. However, he was later handed a 30-second penalty for a jumpstart that dropped him down to seventh. A mistake from Swift on Lap 2 sent the driver from Hong Kong off the track and earned him another DNF (did not finish) result.
Kim took a safer approach in Race 12 and held onto fourth for most of the race. But he capitalized on another driver’s error to go up a place and crossed the line in third to earn Cebu Pacific Air by PRT a podium finish. His team-mate also had a good run and claimed seventh place.
The Formula Masters China Series will return to the Sepang International Circuit anew after a short two-week break for the fifth event on September 2–4.
Accompanying Cebu Pacific Air by PRT on their FMCS campaign are partners Cebu Pacific Air, Teng Tools and P1 Racewear.
After the race, Kim said, “I had a great car all weekend thanks to Cebu Pacific Air by PRT. I was pushing hard for a podium finish in every race and I finally did it on Sunday afternoon. I could have done a bit better in the other races, but it was still a very enjoyable experience in Sepang.”
Meanwhile, Swift said, “We made good progress in Sepang and I was quick enough to challenge for Top 5 position. But my mistakes proved to be quite costly as I failed to finish in the first two races. I am very happy though that my efforts paid off in the last race of the weekend to get 7th place.”
The Formula Masters China Series is the region’s premier international junior single-seater series that develops future motor sport stars, paving the way for young drivers in Asia. Know more about FMCS at www.formulamasterschina.com.