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Tung wins again in Formula BMW Asia Chinese racing sensation TUNG Ho-Pin (Team Meritus) took a giant leap closer to becoming the first ever Chinese driver to win an FIA International Formula Series this weekend, winning rounds 9 and 10 of...

Tung wins again in Formula BMW Asia

Chinese racing sensation TUNG Ho-Pin (Team Meritus) took a giant leap closer to becoming the first ever Chinese driver to win an FIA International Formula Series this weekend, winning rounds 9 and 10 of the AFOS Formula BMW Championship at the Taebaek circuit, Korea.

Tung's Meritus team mate Hanss LIN Po-Heng also had a positive weekend, finishing second and third, keeping himself in the chase for the title - Lin would become the first ever championship winner from Chinese Taipei. The driver's title can only be won by Tung or Lin now, as third place Japanese lady racer Keiko Ihara (Team Yellow Hat), who was 3rd in race 9 and 5th in race 10, cannot catch them. The team championship has already been won by Irish-Malaysian Team Meritus Racing, with 4 races to go, having won every single race.

Flying the flag for Korea was YOU Kyong-Ouk (BMW Korea Team E-Rain), who managed 5th place in race 9 and a spectacular 2nd in race 10, really giving his home fans something to cheer about. Another significant result was 4th in both races by 16 year-old Filipino Tyson SY (Team Goddard-QHR). The younger drivers of the series have shown marked improvements this weekend, presenting an ever-growing pool of talent from Asia, which is exactly what the F-BMW Asia series was designed to do.

"Both my races were very similar. I had good starts, went into T1 in the lead, and pulled away while the rest fought it out behind me," said Tung. But he did not stop trying, especially considering the limited experience the drivers have in the F-BMW single-seaters. In race 10 he managed to go 0.3secs below his fastest lap of race 9. Asked about his championship chances, Tung replied "of course I'm quite confident, but this is still motor racing, and if I have any problems the championship is still wide open."

"I was a bit disappointed with the race, because I had a problem with third gear," said Lin about race 10. "I went from 5th to 3rd at the start, out braking Tyson [SY] and was side by side with YOU in T1, but he had a better line so I had to let him through. After that I was very close, but the gear problem meant I could never get close enough," added Lin.

Meritus' third driver, young Malaysian rookie TJ Chin had an unlucky weekend, after his best qualifying so far. In race 9 he damaged his nose cone when 2 cars came together ahead of him, and in race 10 a clutch problem meant he lost 3 places at the start. "I pushed really hard for the whole race, beating my best time on every lap, but I could only take one place back before the end of the race," said Chin.

"This was a really significant weekend. We've sealed the team championship, and one of our boys will definitely win the drivers championship. We just have to wait for the final race to see if which one it's going to be!" said an ecstatic Peter Thompson, founder and president of Meritus Racing.

The success of Team Meritus would not be possible without the kind support of our sponsors Pacific Regency Hotel Apartments, Pan Global Insurance, Honeywell and Taiwan - Touch Your Heart.

-www.MeritusRacing.com

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