PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 October, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 October, 2005, 12:00am


Sixteen drivers from 10 nations will be competing and spectators at the Shanghai International Circuit will catch a glimpse of future stars in the making. The Formula BMW Asia field boasts some of the brightest lights in junior single-seater racing in the region and the aspiring drivers will be hoping to shine in the final two rounds of the season in Shanghai (rounds 13 and 14).

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of 2003 champion Tung Ho-pin, who has launched a successful career in Formula Three in Europe, and last year's winner, Marchy Lee Yin-kin, is 24-year-old Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain. The Team E-Rain ace comes to Shanghai having taken two victories in Japan last month, opening up a 29-point championship lead over exciting BMW junior and rookie, 21-year-old Michael Patrizi of Australia (Team Meritus).


Shanghai will be the penultimate round of the popular Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia series, which boasts arguably its strongest line-up to date with Thailand's Charoensukhawatana Nattavude a clear favourite to drive SCC Racing to victory in the series.

The versatile Nattavude will be hoping for a change in luck in Shanghai as he competes against some of the most impressive and diverse Asian touring stars. The reigning British GT champion, Jonathan Cocker, the 19-year-old wunderkind from Britain, will be looking to spoil the party for Nattavude, who could wrap up the series if he wins in Shanghai and Cocker fails to claim a podium place.

Given that the British youngster won in his maiden outing in the series in Shanghai last year and has notched six podiums in nine rounds so far this season, chances are that few would bet against Cocker keeping the series alive.