MERITUS.GP is a championship-winning International motorsport team. Based in Asia for the last 25 years and owned by a Malaysian company, the team’s passion is creating international motorsport heroes. Before expanding to Asia in 1995, MERITUS manufactured the first ever Irish sports car, the TMC Costin, and created a winning European heritage. The team now hold 36 FIA Asian titles, winning at every level of the sport under Formula 1 (F4, F3, F2).
Since winning their first Asian championship in 1996 with Narain Karthikeyan – who went on to become India’s first F1 driver – MERITUS.GP have been dedicated to developing Asian talent and are now clearly focused on strategically positioning their brands to cover every sector of the industry in order to realise their future mission:
To train highly skilled young sporting and professional talent as part of a programme to develop an Asian Autosport Ecosystem, creating manufacturing, training, media and sponsorship business in the region.
To facilitate this the team focus on four main areas of expertise:
MERITUS have a winning heritage and have developed a platform of key motorsport services:
Leading European Chief Engineers and winning race engineers to ensure performance
Dedicated no. 1 mechanics supported by dependable technicians to ensure reliability
Winning driver coaches and fitness instructors to maximize potential
Training programs to create highly skilled professionals across motorsport disciplines
International Motorsport Heroes
MERITUS are passionate about creating international motorsport heroes and the team has been a stepping stone for ten F1 drivers, two Indy 500 winners and two 24H LeMans winners
Won Indy 500
Won 24H LeMans
Won Indy 500
Won 24H LeMans
Since expanding to Asia 25 years ago MERITUS has accumilated 36 FIA Asian titles, winning at every level of the sport under Formula 1 (F4, F3, F2):
Formula 4 SEA
Currently promoting, organising and providing all engineering services to the FIA F4SEA Championship, focusing on developing young talent in the industry and creating the next geneartion of International Motorsport Heroes.
- H. David – Renault F1
- A. Ghiretti – Alfa Romeo F1
- N. Azman – F3 UK
- D. Cao – Formula E
- U. De Wilde – Formula RE
- D. Frost – IndyCar
Formula Masters China Series
Continuing their winning streak from Formula BMW, MERITUS stepped up to the F3 level Formula Masters, winning multiple races and the 2013 Championship.
Formula Pilota China
As a precursor to competing in the 2013 Formula Masters Championship MERITUS entered the last 2 rounds of the then Formula Pilota China.
Reaching their highest point in 2010 with the GP2 Asia series, MERITUS won the vice-championship, before the series ended and the team refocused on organising championships geared at young driver development. During its time in GP2 Asia the team raced:
- Lucca Filippi
- Earl Bamber
- Alex Yoong
- Alexander Rossi
Formula Renault V6 Asia
Stepping up a tier to the V6-powered Formula Renault which sat somewhere between F3 and F2, MERITUS won both the 2007 and 2008 Championships.
Formula BMW Asia
MERITUS targeted Formula BMW which was the premier driver development platform in the mid 2000’s, and matched the team’s passion of creating International Motorsport Heroes. They did just that winning four out of the five seasons with:
- H. Tung – 24H LeMans
- M. Lee – Audi R8 LMS
- E. Bamber – 24H LeMans
- J. Jaafar – FIA WEC
Formula Asia 2000
MERITUS started their Asian Adventure winning the Formula Asia 2000 Championship in 1996 with Narain Karthikeyan, who went on to become India’s first F1 driver, sparking the team’s passion for working with young talent in the region. MERITUS won the championship 5 times with:
- Narain Karhikeyan
- Bagoes Hermanto
- Nattapong Horthongkum
- Ng Wai-Leong
Formula Opel Lotus
After the success of the TMC Costin race programme, MERITUS ventured into the single-seater category and kick-started their championship-winning heritage
British and Irish GT
Seeing the potential of the high-performance Costin, the team decided to go racing and entered every available British and Irish GT Championship, setting tracks ablaze with the first ever Irish Sports Car.
Following the end of the GP2 Asia Series and realising the void left by Formula BMW, MERITUS changed their focus from running teams to organising championships, with the goal of working with youth in the region to develop skills and talent in the industry.
Noting the key issue experienced by all young drivers in the sport, MERITUS created their ‘ONE Concept’ to ensure a cost-effective and equal platform to transition drivers from karting to single seater careers
All engineering services provided by MERITUS.GP
All drivers use the same car, to create an equal field
All races at one track to minimise logistic costs
Open data to ensure equality and facilitate learning
Everyone pays the same and no-one can buy an advantage
To reach the pinnacle of motorsport!
Utilsing the ONE concept, MERITUS organised the AsiaCup Series, based at the Sepang F1 Circuit. The series utilized the FB02 race car from Formula BMW, which the team had worked with during the previous decade, and engineered it into a reliable machine for transitioning junior karters.
The series ran for three years and trained 70+ drivers; the FIA rewarded this success by upgrading the team to organise Formula 4 South East Asia.
The AsiaCup Series was based at Sepang and transitioned 70+ drivers over 3 years while working with local colleges to develop careers.
Noting the success of AsiaCup the FIA awarded the rights to F4 South East Asia to MERITUS, who adapted the ONE concept to a zone championship.
Formula 4 Success
The team initiated a good thing with their ONE concept and have already found success with many drivers moving on to bigger and better things:
MERITUS started off in Ireland forty years ago, where the first Irish sports car was produced by the Thompson brothers during the 1980’s at their family home.
The TMC Costin was designed by Frank Costin and built by Val, Peter, Sean and Anthony, before the project was sold to Danny Panoz in 1988, creating the now-famous Panoz Automotive.
In 1995 Peter Thompson met with Danny’s father Don, and convinced him to build an endurance car for Le Mans; Panoz went on to win Le Mans and Indy 500 four times as a constructor.
Since then the team has been focused on results on the track, but they have never forgotten their manufacturing roots, working to improve the reliability and performance of the racecars, while partnering with OEM’s in the region to develop specialised motorsport products.
With the success of the team’s championships MERITUS are now looking to become more involved in the production of the next generation of single-seater race cars in Asia.
Winning is business – a business that creates the ideal platform for networking and activating winning partnerships. The team’s sponsorship partners are the driving force behind our success and MERITUS has developed key areas to maximise their ROI:
Utilizing events as focal points to realise business and opportunities, while motivating existing contacts and rewarding performance
Streaming & TV
All races are livestreamed on Facebook with full graphics and commentary, then televised on FOX Sports 3 to 7,728,230 households
Comprehensive social media and print campaign, modelled after the Formula 1 programme, boosted to maximise reach