Sunday, September 7, 2008

QuestNet’s Team QI-Meritus Leads Formula V6 Asia

The third season of Formula V6 Asia took off to a flying start for the new Team QI-Meritus operation...

...during the Asian Festival of Speed event on the Sepang F1 circuit yesterday. The team is composed of two previous Meritus Formula BMW Asia champions with New Zealander Earl Bamber joining his team mate James Chaiwat for the first time in the 375bhp Formula V6 Asia cars. James grabbed pole position from the Indian GP2 and Team QI-Meritus finished second and third in Round 1 and first and third in Round 2. While Earl Bamber leads the drivers points, James Chaiwat is only a few points behind in second position, and the team itself is leading the team championship.

The AFOS-organised Formula V6 Asia is entering its third season as the premier formula championship in Asia. In 2006 the championship was won by Karun Chandrok who has gone on to win races in GP2 in Europe as well as being a top contender in GP2 Asia. While the Meritus 2007 champion James Winslow has tested in Indycar, he finally opted for a ride with A1GP Great Britain. The FV6 series has however proved itself as a stepping stone to higher championships in Europe and the USA, with Meritus’ 2006 runner up Matt Halliday competing in the Champcar series.

The 2008 championship has a very respectable 12 car entry with the top formula teams in Asia competing. The series visits Malaysia in May and supports the Super GTs again on the Sepang F1 circuit in June, followed by a visit to the GP2 circuit in Sentul before visiting the Chengdu circuit in China. The penultimate event of the series will support the World Touring Car Championship in Autopolis before wrapping up on the Shanghai F1 circuit – the home of the Chinese Grand Prix. The series is televised and screened on ESPN Star Sport and ESPN Sport Trans Asia as well as a host of regional terrestrial and satellite networks in the Middle East and Asia. During the 2007 season Meritus sponsors generated valuable TV coverage through the excellent TV production organised by MAL.

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