Rump wins first Kuala Lumpur FMCS race ahead of Picariello

Martin Rump

Photo: FMCS/Drew Gibson

Martin Rump claimed his seventh win of the Formula Masters China Series season after beating racing returnee Alessio Picariello in the first race on the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

Rump had pipped his title rival Jake Parsons by just one hundredth of a second in qualifying to take pole, which he then converted into an early race lead.

The 2013 ADAC Formel Masters champion Picariello was making his first racing appearance of the season, driving for the Absolute Racing team that debuted at the last round at Penbay.

From fourth on the grid, the Belgian passed Nick Rowe for third and set off after Parsons, who later spun into the wall, triggering a safety car.

Picariello avoided Parsons to take second to Rump, with Rowe completing the podium.

Japanese driver Shota Kiyohara was fourth ahead of Malaysian Daniel Woodroof and China’s Sean Zheng.

Sean Hudspeth held off Jeffrey Ye to take seventh, with Kim Jeong Tae and Takashi Hata completing the top 10 finishers.

Formula Renault 2.0 frontrunner Dennis Olsen was also making his debut alongside Picariello at Absolute, but his race from seventh on the grid was ended by a broken pushrod.

From their fastest race laps, Rump and Picariello will share the front row for race two on Sunday, while Olsen qualified alongside the Estonian for race three.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Martin Rump Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG 25:31.486
2 Alessio Picariello Absolute Racing +4.814
3 Nicholas Rowe Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG +5.068
4 Shota Kiyohara Super License +5.386
5 Daniel Woodroof Meritus.GP +5.986
6 Sean Zheng Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG +8.146
7 Sean Hudspeth Eurasia Motorsport +10.006
8 Jeffrey Ye Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG +10.392
9 Kim Jeong Tae Eurasia Motorsport +12.522
10 Takashi Hata Super License +15.195
11 William Lok Eurasia Motorsport +1 lap
12 Hong Shi Jie Super License +1 lap
13 Aidan Read Eurasia Motorsport +1 lap
Not classified
Jake Parsons Meritus.GP
Dennis Olsen Absolute Racing
Yuan Bo Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG
Matthew Swanepoel Arrows Racing