The Formula Masters Series (FMS), launched as part of the Volkswagen Group’s ‘Sports Car Project China’ scheme in 2013, tours the Asia-Pacific region’s greatest circuits in China, Thailand and Malaysia – www.formulamasterschina.com
An enticing formula developed for captivating racing, also ensures that only the most talented racers come to the fore; competitors are provided with equal equipment in terms of engine, chassis, fuel and tyres and, with teams limited to minor setup changes, driver ability is the key to success and costs are kept to a minimum for all concerned.
As a result, the FMS is regarded as the only credible driver development series in South East Asia. Drivers race a TATUUS chassis, with a 185bhp 2.0litre Volkswagen engine, a paddle-shift gearbox and high levels of downforce, and the core aim of the championship is to discover Formula 1 stars of the tomorrow, while developing drivers for careers in GT and LMP competition.
The Volkwagen Audi Group (VAG) is assisting FMS drivers of all nationalities with their careers by opening the door to opportunities in other championships like the Porsche Carrera Cup, Audi LMS Challenge and Lamborghini Super Trofeo, while Lamborghini also supports Asia-Pacific racers through its new young driver programme and the Star Racing Academy focuses its efforts on Chinese drivers.
As you might expect of a manufacturer-backed series, high-level hospitality services are provided at each round, while excellent television and media exposure makes the FMS a value proposition for all concerned and a genuine career step for young drivers, whether they be on the road to F1 or the most esteemed sportscar racing categories, such as the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
|April||1||Sepang Int. Circuit||Malaysia|
|May||2||Sepang Int. Circuit||Malaysia|
|June||3||Chang Int. Circuit||Thailand|
|July||4||Chang Int. Circuit||Thailand|
|September||5||Shanghai Int. Circuit||China|