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Jim Ka To
Jim Ka To
2012 June Jim Kato 800.jpg
Jim Ka To preparing to race in ZIC in 2012.
NationalityHong Kong Hongkonger
Born (1984-11-28) November 28, 1984 (age 37)
Hong Kong, China
Related toJim Chong Shing
Asian Formula Renault Challenge career
Debut season2003
Current teamFrestech FRD
Car number5
Best finish1st in 2008
Championship titles
2008Asian Formula Renault Challenge Champion
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Yale RomanizationJ?m G?tòuh
JyutpingZim1 Gaa1tou4

Jim Ka To (Chinese: ; born 28 November 1984 in Hong Kong) is a race car driver who competed in the 2001 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup and currently competes in the China Touring Car Championship.

The son of Hong Kong street car racer Jim Chong Shing, he started racing at an early age at the Zhuhai International Circuit. He showed great potential in the China Formula Campus series and was sent by Formula Racing Developments to La Filière in France to be trained to become a racing driver.

Upon his return, he took pole position in the Asian Formula 2000 race in Macau at the age of 16. But his single-seater career has stagnated since then. In 2011, he decided to move to touring cars.


In 2004, Jim finished second in the Asian Formula Renault Championship. He then scored a sensational pole position in the Macau Formula Renault race, beating drivers like Kamui Kobayashi, Scott Speed and Bruno Senna.[1] But he crashed in the race and was taken to hospital for a check up. He was uninjured.[2]

He was signed by Red Bull to join their young drivers' programme for 2005 and was to join the Motorpark Oschersleben team that took Scott Speed to the 2004 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup title. But due to health problems, he returned to Hong Kong before entering any race in the 2005 series.


In 2007, he competed in the Asian Formula Renault Challenge and won two races in Zhuhai in January and finished best Asian driver that season. He competed with Formula Racing Developments racing team, under the management of Kenneth Ma.

In November 2007, Jim was announced as one of the drivers for Team PTRS for the 2007/08 Asian Formula Three Championship. He partnered Briton Matt Howson.[3]

2008 season

Jim racing in Asian Formula Renault Championship in Zhuhai.

In 2008, Jim competed in the Asian Formula Renault Championship again for Formula Racing Developments, sponsored by Frestech Electrical Appliances. He also competed in the Formula BMW Pacific Series' finale at the Macau Grand Prix.[4]

From 13 to 16 November 2008, Jim took part in the Formula BMW Pacific race in Macau. He qualified 12th [5] and crashed in the race. His crash caused the race to be stopped and he was classified 7th in the final results.[6]

On 13 and 14 December 2008, Jim competed in the final two rounds of the Asian Formula Renault Championship. He won both races and became the 2008 Asian Formula Renault Champion, beating Geoffrey Kwong.[7]

2008 Assault case

On 4 November 2008, Jim was arrested by the Hong Kong police on suspicion of assault at the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal.[8] He was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, inflicting grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.[9] On 26 May 2009, he was found guilty by the Kwun Tong Magistracy.[10] He remained in custody after conviction and was sentenced to 15 months in prison on 16 June 2009.[11] After three months in jail, he was released on appeal on 16 September 2009.[12]

2009 Formula BMW Pacific

Jim racing in the 2009 Formula BMW Pacific race in Macau.

After being released from jail, he entered the 2009 Formula BMW Pacific race at the 2009 Macau Grand Prix.[13] He finished fourth in the race. It was the eighth time he raced in Macau.[14]

2010 Formula BMW Pacific

Jim competed again in the Macau round of the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific season. He qualified 13th [15] and finished 7th.[16]

2010 accident and conviction

At 2am on 23 June 2010, Jim crashed his friend's car into the back of a taxi on Cherry Street in Hong Kong. He was convicted of careless driving and driving an uninsured car on 10 January 2010 at the Kowloon City Magistrate. He was fined HK$2,900 with his driving license suspended for a year.[17]

2011 and 2012 China Touring Car Championship

In 2011 and 2012, Jim joined 778 Autosport and drove one of their Kias in the China Touring Car Championship.

2013 World Endurance Championship

Jim at the Silverstone 6 Hours with KCMG in 2013.

On 8 March 2013, KCMG announced that Jim will partner Alexandre Imperatori and Matt Howson to drive its no.47 Morgan-Nissan LMP2 entry at the 6 Hours of Silverstone, part of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship season.[18] The trio finished the race 6th in class and 12th overall, 5 laps behind the class winner.[19] Chinese driver Ho Pin Tung will take his place in the team for the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans.[20]

2019 World Touring Car Cup

On 9 October 2019, KCMG announced that Jim Ka To will join KCMG regular WTCR competitors Tiago Monteiro and Attila Tassi for the Suzuka Round of the 2019 World Touring Car Cup in a wild card entry.[21] On 24 October, Jim Ka To is also confirmed to race for KCMG in the FIA WTCR races in Macau.[22]


  1. ^ (in Chinese)?!Oriental Daily. 21 November 2004.
  2. ^ (in Chinese)? Oriental Daily. 22 November 2004.
  3. ^ "Matt Howson and Jim Kato to race for PTRS". asianf3.net. 2007-11-09. Archived from the original on 2008-09-08. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Formula BMW Pacific Macau entry list Archived 2008-10-18 at the Wayback Machine Formula BMW Pacific series Macau entry list.
  5. ^ 2008 Formula BMW Pacific Macau qualifying result Archived 2011-11-28 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ 2008 Formula BMW Pacific Macau race result Archived 2012-02-18 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ nimo (16 December 2008). "?:". . Archived from the original on 15 March 2013.
  8. ^ "?". ?. 2008-12-17. Archived from the original on 2013-07-23.
  9. ^ Kwun Tong Magistracy court no. 3 case no: KTCC8138/2008 Archived 2009-05-30 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "? ? ? ". ?. 2009-05-27.
  11. ^ "". ?. 2009-06-16.
  12. ^ "?". ?. 2009-09-17.
  13. ^ Formula BMW Pacific Provisional Entry List Macau Grand Prix Official Website Archived 2009-10-26 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Buller conquers Macau. BMW Motorsport 22.11.2009.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ Formula BMW Pacific Qualifying Archived 2010-11-25 at the Wayback Machine 17:41 Saturday 20 November 2010 www.macau.grandprix.gov.mo
  16. ^ Formula BMW race result Archived 2010-11-27 at the Wayback Machine Sunday 21 November 2010.
  17. ^ ? 2011?01?11?
  18. ^ "KCMG Confirms Histroic 6 Hours of Silverstone Debut in April". KCMG. 8 March 2013.
  19. ^ Gary Watkins (14 April 2013). "Silverstone WEC: Audi claims one-two after dramatic finish". Autosport.com.
  20. ^ Sam Tremayne (24 April 2013). "Ho Pin Tung gets KCMG Le Mans seat". autosport.com.
  21. ^ "WTCR- KCMG enters third car for Jim Ka To at Suzuka". Automobilsport.com. 9 October 2019.
  22. ^ "Local Wildcards Complete 32-Car WTCR Macau Line-Up". FIA WTCR. 24 October 2019.

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