Formula Asia

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A Formula Asia 2000 race.

Formula Asia, also known as Asian Formula 2000, was a class of open wheel formula racing. The formula used an Argo chassis coupled with a 16-valve Ford Zetec 1,800cc engine.

There was only one championship held in Asia from 1994 until 2002, organized and promoted by Motorsport Asia Ltd. It was established to assist young Asian drivers make the transition from karting to European formulae such as Formula Ford and Formula Renault. Rounds were held in India, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. A special invitation race was also held annually at the Macau Grand Prix. It was replaced by Formula BMW Asia in 2003.

Japanese female driver Keiko Ihara finished third in the AF2000 race at the 2002 Macau Grand Prix, becoming the first woman on the podium in the event's 50-year history.[1]

Drivers who have taken part in Formula Asia include: Michael Vergers, Narain Karthikeyan, Alex Yoong, Ananda Mikola, Satrio Hermanto, Takuma Sato, Mark Goddard, Parthiva Sureshwaren, Karun Chandhok, Denis Lian, Jim Ka To and Danny Watts.[2]

The cars were later used as a support class with the Asian Formula Three cars.

Past champions[edit]

Alex Yoong driving a Formula Asia car.
  • 1996 India Narain Karthikeyan
  • 1997 Indonesia Bagoes Hermanto
  • 1998 Australia Ben Walsh
  • 1999 Thailand Nattapong Horthongkum
  • 2000 Malaysia Ng Wai-Leong
  • 2001 India Karun Chandhok
  • 2002 Singapore Denis Lian

Macau Asian Formula 2000 Challenge winners[edit]

  • 1999 Japan Takuma Sato
  • 2000 France Philippe Descombes
  • 2001 France Philippe Descombes [3]
  • 2002 United Kingdom Danny Watts [4]


  1. ^ Ex-model aims to be racing success BBC Sport Motorsport Tuesday, 15 March 2005, 12:04 GMT
  2. ^ Watts Turns on The Power on His Way to Asian Formula 2000 Challenge Victory 2002 Macau Grand Prix official website press release.
  3. ^ DESCOMBES DOES IT AGAIN 48th Macau Grand Prix. Retrieved on 28 October 2011.
  4. ^ Watts Turns on The Power on His Way to Asian Formula 2000 Challenge Victory 49th Macau Grand Prix. Retrieved on 28 October 2011.