Martin Rump takes win on FMCS debut at wet Sepang

Martin Rump

Photo: Formula Masters China Series

Estonian racer Martin Rump mastered the tricky wet conditions to win his first race in the Formula Masters China Series.

The 19-year-old started on pole at the Sepang International Circuit, and survived a safety car restart to win the race three seconds ahead of Meritus’s Jake Parsons.

While Rump and Parsons were in a class of their own in the slippery conditions, some of the drivers behind them found it harder to cope. The Muratomi brothers, Asuka and Takeru had near-identical race-ending spins, and the same fate befell Takashi Hata.

Meanwhile, other competitors were severely impeded by technical issues. KCMG’s Zheng Shangguan failed to start the race, while Meritus driver Daniel Woodroof had his start delayed by six laps with his team working on his paddle-shift in the garage.

Matthew Swanepoel took a strong third for Arrows, with Worawong Komarakul taking fourth at the chequered flag after a first lap stall. However, Komarakul picked up a penalty for crossing the white line on pit exit and another for passing under the safety car.

Aidan Read thus managed to secure fourth and was the best Eurasia driver, ahead of KCMG’s Nick Rowe. Sean Hudspeth took seventh off teammate Kim Jeong Tae with a last-lap pass, with Yuan Bo, Hua Miao and Jeffrey Ye Junhui completing the top ten.

Parsons will start on pole for race two ahead of Rump after having secured the fastest lap of the race.

Race results
Pos Name Team Time/Gap
1 Martin Rump KCMG 9 laps in 26:06.199
2 Jake Parsons Meritus GP +3.134
3 Matthew Swanepoel Arrows Racing +12.548
4 Aidan Read Eurasia Motorsport +15.145
5 Nicholas Rowe KCMG +21.337
6 Sean Hudspeth Eurasia Motorsport +37.652
7 Kim Jeong Tae Eurasia Motorsport +38.397
8 Yuan Bo Meritus GP +39.979
9 Hua Miao Eurasia Motorsport +41.158
10 Jeffrey Ye KCMG +1:06.516
11 Tomoki Takahashi Super License +1:09.665
12 Worawong Komarakul Meritus GP +1:12.881*
Not classified
Takashi Hata Super License +3 laps
Takeru Muratomi Eurasia Motorsport +4 laps
Daniel Woodroof Meritus GP +6 laps
Asuka Muratomi Eurasia Motorsport +7 laps
Zheng Shangguan KCMG +9 laps

*60-second penalty