It’s going to be a big weekend for Pinnacle Motorsport. These guys will be at the Shanghai International Circuit this September 22/24 for the Formula Masters Series’ (FMS) season finale. But they’re not in it just for podium positions or race wins. The Philippine-licensed team will also be fighting for the 2017 Drivers’ Championship.
To be more specific, we’re referring to Taylor Cockerton. The 20-year-old from New Zealand currently sits 2nd in the classification and is only 16 points away from Daniel Lu of Absolute Racing. That’s 16 points he has to gain over 4 races on Saturday and Sunday.
While his teammate Ben Grimes will support Taylor’s title hunt, the Filipino driver also has his own goals for the weekend. After scoring a podium in Zhuhai, Ben now plans to cap his debut season in FMS with a Top 5 finish in the championship.
The 2 drivers will then be joined a new comer, Billy Zheng (Zheng Jia Nian) from China. Billy is a title contender in the 2017 China Formula 4 Championship and will make his first official outing in FMS with Pinnacle Motorsport.
Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their FMS campaign are partners Cebu Pacific Air, Teng Tools, and P1 Racewear.
Taylor Cockerton: “I’m excited to get underway this weekend for the final round of Formula Masters Series at Shanghai. It’s a long and complex circuit with some tricky corners, but I’m excited for the challenge. I will be putting everything on the line for the races in order to claim the title. This will be a big challenge, but I believe that I’m prepared to come away with the 2017 title.”
Ben Grimes: “Can’t believe how quickly my first season in FMS has flown by. Each race weekend I feel I’ve made progress personally, and we achieved a great result as a team in Zhuhai round with our first double podium of the year. Looking towards Shanghai, I’m hungry for a win. Hopefully we’ll conclude the championship as strongly as possible with a Top 5 position in the drivers’ championship.”
Billy Zheng (Zheng Jia Nian): “Really looking forward to my first race with Pinnacle Motorsport. I have good experience in Formula 4 China and Asian Formula Renault, so I hope I can do well when I move up to Formula Masters Series. It will be a very busy weekend with the top drivers fighting for the title. But my focus in on getting good results and help Taylor and Ben in the championship.”