Asian Formula Renault Challenge

Asian Formula Renault Series
Category Formula Renault 2.0
Country Asia
Inaugural season 2002
Constructors Tatuus
Engine suppliers Renault
Drivers' champion Julio Acosta
Teams' champion Champ Motorsport
Official website frdsports.com
Current season

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.[1] The FRD also runs the China Formula Campus and Clio Cup China.

The cars use Tatuus chassis and the 2.0 L Renault Clio engines like other Formula Renault 2.0 series. After several seasons racing on Kumho tires, the series start using GiTi tires from 2014.

About

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.

Regulation

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 cars can be tested outside the race weekend on the Zhuhai International Circuit or Shanghai International Circuit.

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.[2]

Only drivers/teams that complete 75% of the race are awarded by points. Points are allowed in each race, as follows:
Drivers points attribution
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Points 30 24 20 17 15 13 11 9 7 5 4 3 2 1
Teams attribution
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Points 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

Complete regulations ([1] PDF (577 KiB))

Champions

Series Winners

Season International Class Team Champion Asian Class Team Champion IFC Challenge/Masters Class Team Champion
2002 Cheng Congfu FRD Team
2003 Rodolfo Ávila Asia Racing Team
2004 Hideaki Nakao FRD 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 Hong-Wei Cao 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 Motorsport Not Contested
2012 Yosuke Yamazaki Buzz Racing Not Contested Wayne Shen Modena Motorsport
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[3]
2003 Hideki Nadao Hideki Nadao Shangsai FRD GT TiresTeam[4]
2004 Kamui Kobayashi Cheong Lou Meng Champ Motorsport[5]
2005 Luca Persiani Hiroyuki Matsumura Asia Racing Team[6]

References

  1. ^ FRD Motorsports, About us frdsports.com
  2. ^ 2013 AFR Series Guidelines frdsports.com
  3. ^ http://archive.grandprix.gov.mo/gp2002/en/real_result_table.php Results 49th Macau GP
  4. ^ http://archive.grandprix.gov.mo/mgpc/public_html/gp50/en/index.php?cat=result&race=FRenault_RACE.csv#view Results 50th Macau GP
  5. ^ http://archive.grandprix.gov.mo/mgpc/public_html/gp51/en/index.php?cat=result&race=renault_r.csv#view Results 51st Macau GP
  6. ^ http://archive.grandprix.gov.mo/mgpc/public_html/gp52/en/index.php?cat=result&race=Formula_Renault_Race.csv#view Results 52nd Macau GP

External links

  • Asian Formula Renault Series at frdsports.com.
  • China Formula Renault Challenge at frdsports.com.
  • Formula Racing Development Limited official site.
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