Formula Racing Development Limited or FRD Motorsports (FRD) is a motorsport promoter headquartered in Hong Kong, China which was founded in 1997.
It has been the organizer and promoter of several Asian and China based championships, such as Asian Formula Renault Championship, China Formula Campus Championship, Clio Cup China Series, and Asia GT Race Series.It also conducts racing schools, driving schools, corporate programs, car events and even an annual celebrity race. FRD also has an in-house racing team which takes part in several racing series, most notably in CTCC under the banner of "Chang'an Ford Racing Team".〔http://frdsports.com/en/FordRacing About Changan Ford Racing Team〕
It is one of the largest racing schools in Asia and was started in 1997 by owner Kenneth Ma with an ambition to provide opportunities and facilities for drivers in the region to gain professional recognition in motorsport. Over the years, through its in-house driving schools and race-organized, FRD has sponsored notable Chinese race drivers: Marchy Lee, Jim Ka To, Jiang Tengyi, Frankie Chang, as well as Finnish driver and German Formula Renault champion Pekka Saarinen.〔http://www.pekkasaarinen.info Pekka Saarinen's info〕
FRD organizes and promotes professional level competitive racing in Asia. Featuring a junior Formula series called Ford Formula Campus, FRD joins forces with Changan FORD automaker, allowing young gun drivers to test their mettle against each other. After which FRD, partnering with leading French automaker Renault and their Sports Technologies Division, became the official Asian promoter of the Formula Renault 2.0 series in 2002. In the 2009 season, following the success of FRD and Renault Formula racing, the European Renault Clio Cup series was also successfully introduced with outstanding success.
In addition FRD organizes GT (Grand Turismo) class racing, featuring powerful touring supercars, with names such as Ferrari and Aston Martin. Jointly organized by FRD and Zhuhai International Circuit (ZIC), this Series is considered one of Asia's most prominent Supercar races. Attracting drivers from around the world, including HK, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, USA, Canada, Japan, the UK and Italy, they compete on highly demanding tracks in China and greater Asia.
To share in their success and give back to the people and fans, FRD focuses with a philanthropic spirit by organizing events such as their Celebrity Charity Race. Working with personalities like Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Aaron Kwok they bring much needed support and attention to disaster areas and humanitarian causes. Having previously raised approximately 400,000,000 RMB on a single event!
In 2006, teaming up with Changan Ford, FRD established the “Changan Ford Racing Team”. Composed of members from Changan Ford, they are the first factory team to compete in the China Touring Car Championship (CTCC) race, the top touring car race in China. Competing in specially modified Ford FOCUS cars, they establish a winning record with six manufacturer's championship titles, becoming a leading competitor and a team to be respected.〔http://frdsports.com/en/about| About FRD〕
FRD's fleet totals around 100 race cars divided among Shanghai International Circuit and Zhuhai International Circuit. Those include Formula Renault, Formula Campus, Clio Cup, Ferrari 360, and Ford Focus Cup cars.
FRD's activities are separated into four major departments:
*Race Organizer and Promoter
*Driver training and development
*Corporation support activity
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