Asian Formula Renault Series
|Category||Formula Renault 2.0|
|Drivers' champion||Julio Acosta|
|Teams' champion||Champ Motorsport|
The Asian Formula Renault Series (Known as Asian Formula Renault Challenge before, now also known as AFR Series) is a Formula Renault 2.0 championship held on Asia. The series debuted in 2002 and also held the China Formula Renault Challenge.
The series is a part of the Formula Racing Development Limited (FRD) organization managed by Kenneth Ma to promote motorsport in Asia. The FRD also runs the China Formula Campus and Asian GT Challenge.
With the aim of providing a budget junior racing series around the Asian region, FRD, with the support from Renault Sport, imported a fleet of Formula Renault 2.0 race cars and first organized the Asian Formula Renault Series (aka AFR Series) in 2000. This is a pioneering junior racing series in Asia and it attracted numerous young talents from the region to join the grid over the years.
From 2002 to 2005, the series even held an invitation race during the Macau Grand Prix weekend and big names such as Japanese F1 stars Kamui Kobayashi, Kazuki Nakajima, Red Bull Junior Team's Scott Speed, Brazilian Bruno Senna all once took part in the event. In the coming 2014 season, the Series will be using the latest version of Formula Renault cars.
The championship reward is the International Challenge Category which is the overall winner. Since 2007, Asian drivers also have a parallel classification with the Asian Challenge Category.
Another classification, for Chinese events only, is the China Formula Renault Challenge, which is an entry-level series intended to reduce the championship cost. All series drivers and teams will race at the same time during the races in China but points will be calculated separately.
The race weekend starts on Thursday and Friday with a 2 hour free practice session but with additional cost for drivers. On Saturday there are two 30 minute practice sessions and 20 minutes of qualifications. A warm-up (15 minutes) occurs on Sunday morning and two 10 lap races are held in the afternoon.
In 2013, the Series changed its championship format to 3 Classes, "International Class" as the main Championship, "Asian Class" for rookie drivers of the region and "Masters Class" for gentlemen drivers who are at the age of 35 or older. The 3 Classes has their own Drivers' and Teams' classifications and championship.
Only drivers/teams that complete 75% of the race are awarded by points. Points are allowed in each race, as follows:
|Drivers points attribution|
|Season||International Class||Team Champion||Asian Class||Team Champion||IFC Challenge/Masters Class||Team Champion|
|2003||Rodolfo Ávila||Asia Racing Team|
|2005||Hanss Lin||Shangsai FRD Team||Hanss Lin||Shangsai FRD Team|
|2006||Pekka Saarinen||Asia Racing Team||Alexandre Imperatori||Shangsai FRD Team|
|2007||Pekka Saarinen||M3 Racing Team||Jim Ka To||M3 Racing Team||Pekka Saarinen||M3 Racing Team|
|2008||Jim Ka To||PS Racing||Cao Hong-Wei||Not Contested||Christian Chia||Not Contested|
|2009||Alon Day||Asia Racing Team||Zhi Qiang Zhang||PTRS Team||Not Contested|
|2010||Sandy Nicholas Stuvik||Asia Racing Team||Sandy Nicholas Stuvik||Asia Racing Team||Not Contested|
|2011||Leopold Ringbom||PS Racing||Yuki Shiraishi||Champ MotorsportBold text||Not Contested|
|2012||Yosuke Yamazaki||Buzz Racing||Not Contested||Wayne Shen||Asia Racing Team|
|2013||Julio Acosta||Champ Motorsport||Jason Kang||KRC||Leo Wong||Asia Racing Team|
Macau Asian Formula Renault Challenge Winners
|Year||Pole Position||Winning Drivers||Winning Team|
|2002||Jamie Green||Jamie Green||Team Meritus|
|2003||Hideki Nadao||Hideki Nadao||Shangsai FRD GT TiresTeam|
|2004||Kamui Kobayashi||Cheong Lou Meng||Champ Motorsport|
|2005||Luca Persiani||Hiroyuki Matsumura||Asia Racing Team|
- FRD Motorsports, About us frdsports.com
- http://frdsports.com/en/news-286.html New Formula Renault to feature in 2014 Asian Formula Renault Series
- 2013 AFR Series Guidelines frdsports.com
- http://archive.grandprix.gov.mo/gp2002/en/real_result_table.php Results 49th Macau GP
- http://archive.grandprix.gov.mo/mgpc/public_html/gp50/en/index.php?cat=result&race=FRenault_RACE.csv#view Results 50th Macau GP
- http://archive.grandprix.gov.mo/mgpc/public_html/gp51/en/index.php?cat=result&race=renault_r.csv#view Results 51st Macau GP
- http://archive.grandprix.gov.mo/mgpc/public_html/gp52/en/index.php?cat=result&race=Formula_Renault_Race.csv#view Results 52nd Macau GP
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