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Formula BMW Asia set for triumphant 2003 finale in Chinese Capital

Formula BMW Asia set for triumphant 2003 finale in Chinese Capital image

Text: / Photos: | posted October 14, 2003 12:00

Beijing (China) - Formula BMW Asia is gearing up for the closing rounds of its inaugural series in China's world famous capital, Beijing.

Chinese driver Tung Ho Pin clinched the drivers' championship title last month in Japan and makes a triumphant China debut this weekend, along with the field of talented young single seater racers from across the region.

Tung's Meritus team mate Lin Po Heng of Chinese Taipei, is also looking forward to competing at the Goldenport Circuit, and will be determined take full advantage of his last chance to beat Tung again this season.

However, the main challenge to Tung's dominance of the field could well come from Hong Kong driver Marchy Lee who joins the Meritus Team for the China outing. Lee has extensive racing experience in single seaters, touring and sports cars, and finished seventh in last year's Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix.

Competition will be just as fierce as it has been all season, and Japanese lady driver, Keiko Ihara, will be looking to clinch a well-deserved victory. Ihara has notched up an impressive eight podium finishes in 12 races for her Team Yellow Hat, and is still seeking that elusive win.

Leading rookie driver, and Formula BMW scholarship recipient, You Kyong-Ouk will also be one to watch. The BMW Korea-backed 23-year-old scored a career-best second place on his short home circuit of Taebeck, and could excel on Goldenport's 3.3km track.

Another driver who is suited to shorter tracks is 16-year-old Tyson Sy of Team Goddard-QHR Team. The Filipino youngster qualified in second position in Korea.

Truly representative of the Asian region, the Formula BMW Asia field is made up of drivers from Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and India. The 14 round series had made it mark on the region, and has been hailed as a breakthrough in junior single seater racing in Asia.