Yuan Bo wins China Driver Class in FMCS race one and two, Solomon third in second race
Date posted on May 10, 2014 · Published by Mark Goddard
The first round of the Formula Masters China Series was held in dry but difficult conditions at the Zhuhai International Circuit in China. Yuan Bo kept his head In a race that saw three aborted starts and a huge accident for Sean Hudspeth to finish first in class and fifth overall. Matt Solomon recovered to 7th from the back of the grid. The second race was held in very wet conditions with a safety car start and saw Matthew Solomon finish third and Yuan Bo fourth in their Eurasia Motorsport cars.
After the rain it was no surprise that electrical problems hit several cars causing them to stall on the grid for race one. A re-start was also aborted after even more cars stalled and after some confusion whilst cars were pushed on and off the grid the race finally got underway. At the fifth gear turn 3 Hudspeth was clipped by another car and tipped into the wall at unabated speed. The safety car was called out whilst the mess was cleared and at the re-start the race finally settled down with Yuan Bo and Solomon both keeping clear of the carnage and bringing their cars home.
Race two was wet again and after a car went off on the formation lap the race was started under the safety car. When it was finally called in both Yuan Bo and Solomon drove controlled races to bring their cars home in very wet conditions with little visibility. Solomon finished a fine third whilst Bo was fourth.
Race three on Sunday will see Bo start fourth, Matt Solomon fifth and Pu Jun Jin eleventh, the grid formed from the results if free practice after qualifying was cancelled due to monsoon conditions.