Cebu Pacific Air by PRT is looking forward to make its Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) debut this weekend at the season opener in Shanghai. Though the team was only established in February, it’s now making headway preparing its three-car lineup represented by Nicholas Rowe, Jeffrey Ye, and Kim Jeong Tae.
The drivers will be piloting Cebu Pacific Air by PRT’s white and orange-liveried cars in this year’s championship. They will follow the six-round 2016 FMCS calendar across Asia. This includes races in Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, and Taiwan, the first of which will be in China’s 5.5 km Shanghai International Circuit this May 21 – 22.
This will be Rowe’s second season in FMCS, finishing third in last year’s championship. The 17-year-old from Australia has previously raced in go karts, Formula Ford, Formula 4, and Speedcars, and was recognized as the Australian Karter of the Year twice. He returns to the series with the goal of winning the drivers’ title.
Meanwhile, Jeffrey Ye is also back after a successful 2015 campaign, awarded as was the second best-placed Chinese driver. The 18-year-old is part of Star Racing Academy (SRA) and joined Audi’s Asian Young Driver Development Program last year.
As for Kim Jeong Tae, the South Korean driver only began his racing career four years ago but is now a multiple kart champion. He moved up to single-seaters in 2015, gaining valuable experience in FMCS.
With a dedicated team and strong driver lineup, Cebu Pacific Air by PRT will try to make a mark in the region’s premier junior single-seater series on its first season.
Accompanying Cebu Pacific Air by PRT on their FMCS campaign are partners Cebu Pacific Air, Teng Tools, and P1 Racewear.
Nicholas Rowe: “Finishing last year’s drivers championship in the top 3 gives me the the confidence to do well in my second season in Formula Masters. With a strong team behind me, I’m definitely looking forward to deliver good results and aim for the title.”
Jeffrey Ye: “I am very excited to be part of Cebu Pacific by PRT. Despite being a new entry, they have very experienced team of people who will help me perform at the top level. I hope to score more points this year and become the top Chinese driver on the grid.”
Kim Jeong Tae: “I’m very happy to be back in FMCS. This year, I hope to develop my abilities with the team and learn from my teammates. My goal is to do well in single-seaters and work my way up in motorsport.”
2016 Formula Masters China Series Race Calendar
Round 1: May 21 – 22 (Shanghai International Circuit, China)
Round 2: June 18 – 19 (Zhuhai International Circuit, China)
Round 3: July 23 – 24 (Buriram United International Circuit, Thailand)
Round 4: August 13 – 14 (Kuala Lumpur Street Circuit, Malaysia)
Round 5: September 24 – 25 (Yeongam International Circuit, South Korea)
Round 6: October 15 – 16 (Penbay International Circuit, Taiwan)