AP: Marchy Lee Shanghai preview

Marchy Lee joins Asian Formula Renault series Chinese racing ace Marchy LEE Yin-Kin (HKG) is set to compete in the remaining races of the 2004 FRD Asian Formula Renault series. Marchy will make his first appearance at the brand new Shanghai ...

Marchy Lee joins Asian Formula Renault series

Chinese racing ace Marchy LEE Yin-Kin (HKG) is set to compete in the remaining races of the 2004 FRD Asian Formula Renault series. Marchy will make his first appearance at the brand new Shanghai International Circuit (China) on June 26-27, 2004, racing with Team Meritus, and he cannot wait to start entertaining the rapidly developing Chinese racing fan-base.

So far this season Marchy has been competing in the AFOS Formula BMW Asia series, also with Team Meritus, which got off to an excellent start with Marchy winning all four events so far, in Bahrain in support of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix and in Sepang, Malaysia, in support of Japanese GT. In order to gain more experience and exposure, Marchy and Team Meritus decided to enter him into Asian Formula Renault as well, which should bring him further race wins and help him get noticed on the global racing stage.

With most top international racing teams, especially in Formula 1, looking for a talented Chinese driver to help them break into the China market, Marchy is rapidly materialising as a front-running candidate. In fact Ferrari China recently gave their endorsement of Marchy at the official opening of the Shanghai Circuit, where he was also introduced to Ferrari F1 team principle Jean Todt.

Marchy is looking forward to expanding his race calendar, and is relishing the new competition and the prospect of entertaining Chinese crowds. "I am passionate about racing, so it is always a good thing when I can join more races. I will be racing against different drivers [to Formula BMW Asia], but I am confident that I can still win races. All the remaining races are in China, which is great because motorsport interest is booming here, and I'm going to give them something to cheer about!" said Marchy.

Although winning the Asian Formula Renault championship is nearly impossible, having missed the first 6 rounds, Marchy still believes there is much to be gained by joining mid-season. "It's too bad I won't be fighting for the championship, but I will prove my ability in the remaining races, which should give an idea of what could have happened if I raced from the beginning. Every single race I take part in I learn something new and I improve my skills, so I will still be gaining a lot from this series," said Marchy.

Team Meritus founder and president Peter Thompson is also happy with Marchy's growing race calendar. "It will be very beneficial for Marchy to race against other drivers in a different car and on different circuits, both in terms of experience and exposure, because these days simply being talented isn't enough to make it in motor racing. With the right support from his sponsors and the media, I am confident that Marchy will make it to the top of this sport," said Thompson.

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Jean Todt , Marchy Lee