Estonian driver Martin Rump extended his championship lead with two commanding Sunday wins on the Kuala Lumpur street track in the fourth round of the 2015 Formula Masters China Series season.
The KCMG driver enjoyed comfortable lights-to-flag victories in both races, and with it, extended his race-winning streak to six. The battle for second in both races was nowhere near such a formality as that, though.
Race two saw Rump’s closest title-challenger Jake Parsons of Meritus GP beat series newcomer and 2013 ADAC Formel Masters champion Alessio Picariello in an enthralling battle. Having got the jump on Picariello off the line, Parsons proceeded to hold off the Belgian for the entire race, finishing just 0.02 seconds ahead.
Shota Kiyohara replicated his race one performance with another fourth-place finish, while Daniel Woodroof passed Nick Rowe to take fifth. Formula Renault Eurocup frontrunner Dennis Olsen grabbed seventh.
Sean Zheng, Sean Hudspeth and Matthew Swanepoel completed the top ten in race two.
Rump was peerless again in race three, but there was action behind him with Picariello being forced to retire early with a broken rear suspension. Olsen slipped into second at the start, but was forced to contend with Kiyohara, Parsons and Rowe for most of the race.
The Super License driver dropped to fifth at the flag, having had to serve a drive through penalty for a jump start. Olsen, Parsons and Rowe finished line astern in second, third and fourth.
Yuan Bo took his first points with KCMG with a solid drive to sixth, ahead of Swanepoel in seventh.
Hudspeth kept the charging Woodroof at bay, the Malaysian having started dead last after a crash in qualifying yesterday. Aidan Read completed a low-key weekend with a tenth-place finish.
Race two results
|2||Jake Parsons||Meritus GP||+4.628|
|3||Alessio Picariello||Absolute Racing||+4.838|
|4||Shota Kiyohara||Super License||+7.205|
|5||Daniel Woodroof||Meritus GP||+8.195|
|7||Dennis Olsen||Absolute Racing||+9.638|
|9||Sean Hudspeth||Eurasia Motorsport||+27.286|
|10||Matthew Swanepoel||Arrows Racing||+27.556|
|12||Hong Shi Jie||Super License||+1:31.900|
|13||Takashi Hata||Super License||+1 lap|
|14||Aidan Read||Eurasia Motorsport||+1 lap|
|15||William Lok||Eurasia Motorsport||+1 lap|
|Kim Jeong Tae||Eurasia Motorsport|
Race three results
|2||Dennis Olsen||Absolute Racing||+4.081|
|3||Jake Parsons||Meritus GP||+4.420|
|5||Shota Kiyohara||Super License||+7.342|
|7||Matthew Swanepoel||Arrows Racing||+19.372|
|8||Sean Hudspeth||Eurasia Motorsport||+20.273|
|9||Daniel Woodroof||Meritus GP||+27.622|
|10||Aidan Read||Eurasia Motorsport||+22.953|
|12||Kim Jeong Tae||Eurasia Motorsport||+5 laps|
|William Lok||Eurasia Motorsport|
|Hong Shi Jie||Super License|
|Takashi Hata||Super License|
|Alessio Picariello||Absolute Racing|