JK Racing Asia Series

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JK Racing Asia Series
JK Racing Asia Series.jpg
Category Single seaters
Country Asia
Inaugural season 2003
Folded 2012
Drivers 33 (2012)
Teams 8 (2012)
Constructors Mygale
Engine suppliers BMW
Tyre suppliers JK Tyre
Last Drivers' champion South Africa Aston Hare
Last Teams' champion United States EuroInternational
Official website afos.com

JK Racing Asia Series, formerly known as both Formula BMW Asia and Formula BMW Pacific is a single-seater racing series based in Asia. Formula BMW Asia was created in 2003 as a replacement for Asian Formula 2000 and was under the management of Motorsport Asia Limited.[1] It was renamed Formula BMW Pacific for the 2008 season. In 2011 the series lost BMW support but received JK Tyre sponsorship and was rebranded as JK Racing Asia Series.[2][3]

Event schedule[edit]

Each event in the championship is normally run to a three-day schedule. It comprises two (in case of Formula One Grand Prix supporting) or four races, plus free practice and one 30-minute qualifying session.

Circuits[edit]

Events have been held at Sepang in Malaysia; Bira in Thailand; Sentul in Indonesia; and Shanghai, Zhuhai, Beijing in China, Macau and Singapore. It has appeared on the support bill at the Malaysian, Chinese, Bahrain, Macau and Singapore Grand Prix. In 2011 the series will visit Guangdong in China and the Indian Grand Prix circuit.

JK Racing Asia Series Cars[edit]

All the teams in JK Racing Asia Series use the same FB02 cars manufactured by BMW AG that feature a Mygale chassis and a 1.2 litre BMW engine.

Specifications:

  • Chassis: Mygale Carbon FIA F3 2002
  • Dimension: 3975mm x 1740mm x 980mm
  • Weight: 465kg
  • Engine: Naturally aspirated BMW K1200RS, 4 Cylinders 16 valves
  • Displacement: 1171 cc
  • Power output: 140hp @ 9000rpm
  • Fuel: Unleaded standard Super Plus petrol
  • Gearbox: Hewland FTR 200, sequential, 6 forward speed, 1 reverse
  • Front Suspension: Pushrod monodamper
  • Rear Suspension: Pushrod twindamper
  • Shock Absorbers: Sachs SP3
  • Brake Disc: Solid disc
  • Wheel Rims: OZ Racing 8 x 13 (front) 10x 13 (rear)
  • Tyres: JK Tyre racing slicks and wet weather tyres
  • Fuel Tank: 42 litres

Race Weekend[edit]

A typical event in the championship is run over a course of three days comprising two races (as a supporting race for a Formula 1 weekend) or four races.

A free practice session or a multiple practice session may take place at the start of a race weekend.

A 20 to 30 minute qualifying session will be held prior to a race with only one driver qualifying a car. The grid positions for the first Race will be drawn in the order of the fastest time achieved by each Driver in the Qualifying Session. The grid positions for the second Race at each Meeting will be drawn in the order of the second fastest time achieved by each Driver in the Qualifying Session. Should two or more Drivers be credited with identical times, priority will be given to the one who set it first. At Meetings with more than two Races, the grid positions for the third Race will be determined by the classified results of the first Race and the grid positions for the fourth Race will be determined by the classified results of the second Race. The minimum criteria to qualifying for a race would be the fastest time set in qualifying + 10%.

A race lasts for approximately 25 minutes from the start of the race signal to the end of the race signal preceded by a Formation Lap. The distance is converted into a specific number of laps. If the leading driver has not achieved the defined race distance after 25 minutes have elapsed, the leader will be shown the chequered flag the next time they pass the Finish Line.

Classification is determined according to the FIA International Sporting Code. The winner is the driver who has covered the race distance in the shortest time at the completion of the race and after the consideration of any penalties. Only drivers that have covered at least 75% of the race distance will be classified. If the race is stopped before the total distance is run, full points will be awarded to the winners if more than 75% of the distance was covered. If only 50% - 75% of the race distance is covered, only 50% of the points will be awarded. No points are awarded if less that 50% of the distance is covered before the race is stopped.

Points[edit]

After each race the following points will be awarded to eligible drivers listed as classified finishers in the final official classification as follows:

Points
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
20 15 12 10 8 6 4 3 2 1

After each Qualifying session, one point will be awarded to each Driver achieving Pole Position for a Race where the Grid positions are based on the results of the Qualifying session.

Points are awarded after the completion of any Judicial or Technical procedures and the Stewards have declared the results final.

Seasons[edit]

2011[edit]

The 2011 season is the first one for the series after the name change to JK Racing Asia Series. The season is contested in 6 events in Malaysia (Sepang), Indonesia (Sentul), Singapore (Marina Bay), India (Greater Noida) with 3 being support races to Formula 1 events (Sepang, Marina Bay and Greater Noida). 7 teams participated in the season; Atlantic Racing Team, E-Rain Racing, Eurasia Motorsport, Eurointernational, Mahara, Petronas Mofaz Racing and www.Meritus.GP.

Champions[edit]

Season Series Name Champion Team Champion
2003 Formula BMW Asia China Ho-Pin Tung Malaysia Team Meritus
2004 Formula BMW Asia Hong Kong Marchy Lee Malaysia Team Meritus
2005 Formula BMW Asia Bahrain Salman Al Khalifa South Korea Team E-Rain
2006 Formula BMW Asia New Zealand Earl Bamber Malaysia Team Meritus
2007 Formula BMW Asia Malaysia Jazeman Jaafar Malaysia CIMB Qi-Meritus
2008 Formula BMW Pacific Hong Kong Ross Jamison Malaysia Team Meritus
2009 Formula BMW Pacific Indonesia Rio Haryanto Malaysia Questnet Team Qi-Meritus
2010 Formula BMW Pacific Singapore Richard Bradley Philippines Eurasia Motorsport
2011 JK Racing Asia Series Austria Lucas Auer United States EuroInternational
2012 JK Racing Asia Series South Africa Aston Hare United States EuroInternational

References[edit]

  1. ^ Motorsport Asia - Company History AFOS.com. Retrieved on January 25, 2007.
  2. ^ "JK Tyre announces JK Racing Asia series". Times of India (Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd). 11 February 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "FBMW Pacific: Series Relaunched as JK Racing Asia Series". eformulacarnews (Holbi). 11 February 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 

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