|1)||29 - 01||October||Sepang International Circuit||Formula 1|
|2)||20 - 22||October||Clark International Speedway||Philippine GT|
|3)||12 - 14||January||Buriram International Circuit||Asian Le Mans|
|4)||02 - 04||February||Sepang International Circuit||Asian Le Mans|
|5)||13 - 15||April||Sepang International Circuit||Asian Le Mans|
The 2017-18 season of the Formula 4 South East Asia (F4 SEA) Championship – fueled by Petron – has been an amazing journey for all who participated. The FIA-certified Championship held 30 races over five events in and around the region visiting Malaysia, Philippines and the Kingdom of Thailand.
A melting pot of talent, the Championship witnessed stunning feats of driving. Leading the charge was Shanghai-native Daniel Cao in the white race car wearing the number 55. After an amazing season, Cao accumulated 512 points, followed by Kane Shepherd of Thailand with 380 points. The Thai-lad may be second overall but he also clenched the Rookie Champion title.
The world’s youngest formula winner, Ugo De Wilde, hailing from Belgium was third with 208 points. Malaysia’s Nazim Azman clocked in fourth with a tally of 202 points while Ben Grimes of Manila took home 150 points. Okinawan rookie, Hibiki Taira settled for 124 points and he finished sixth overall.
Irishman Luke Thompson made do with 103 points with Muizz Musyaffa of Malaysia bagging 96 points to cement his spot in 8th. The duo also finished 2nd and 3rd in the Rookie Championship.
Adam Khalid was just one points short of levelling with compatriot Muizz. Alessandro Ghiretti of France rounded off tenth place with 95 points.
Not all drivers were lucky enough to be able to contest the entire championship, due to school and financial commitments. Many drivers joined for solo events and the forthcoming 2018 championship will continue to welcome rookies for one-off weekends.
The 2016 F4 SEA Overall Champion, Presley Martono, brought home 93 points for Indonesia when he competed in the fifth and final event of the season. Taking up the 12th spot was Eshan Pieris of Sri Lanka who racked up 88 points. Younger Grime sibling, Sam, achieved 13th place with his 83 points.
Touring car champ Mitchell Cheah of Malaysia was Event Champion at Sepang for event 4, he took home 85 points for his valiant efforts. Indian-Thai racer Shivin Sirinarinthon and Mumbai-based Nayan Chatterjee both tied for 76 points. However, Nayan broke the tie on the basis of having more higher-placed finishes. Not to be let down, Shivin finished 6th in the Rookie Championship.
Meanwhile, Danial Frost of Singapore acquired 71 points while Aaron Love, Isyraf Danish and compatriot Timothy Yeo scored 64, 60 and 59 points respectively. British F3 racer, Sasakorn ‘Cutter’ Chaimongkol of the Kingdom of Thailand managed 42 points. Perdana Putra Minang of Jakarta meanwhile made do with 28 points.
Benson Lin of Taiwan and Alister Yoong – the son of Malaysia’s only Formula One driver – settled for 20 and 14 points each. Malaysian rookies Armand and Arsh Johany alongside Liam Lawrence of Colombo finish up the standings with 7, 6 and 4 points each.
The FIA Formula 4 South East Asia Championship is defined by the amazing inch-perfect battles for the chequered flag and this season was no exception. The Championship saw no less than 27 razor-sharp competitors fight for the Title.
Over the year there were four different event champions with Daniel Cao taking home the first and second event titles. Ugo De Wilde from Belgium won in Thailand and Malaysia’s Mitchell Cheah won event 4. The grand finals were held 2 weeks ago in Sepang and won by newcomer Alessandro Ghiretti from France.
The event championships are always exciting, and it’s the photo finishes that make them so. This year the championship witnessed 11 different race winners with Daniel Cao, Danial Frost, Nazim Azman, Ben Grimes, Ugo De Wilde, Eshan Pieris, Mitchell Cheah, Kane Shepherd, Alessandro Ghiretti, Presley Martono and Muizz Musyaffa all standing atop the podium at some point.
That’s it for the 2017-18 Championship, but it’s not quite over yet and the team will be back for the MERITUS Awards Gala to celebrate the past season and launch the 2018 season, with a refreshed format and an additional venue on the docket. Keep up to speed with all the amazing happenings of the incredible Formula 4 South East Asia Championship by following our various social media platforms.
|3)||Ugo De Wilde||27||BEL||MERITUS.GP||212|
|17)||Danial Nielsen Frost||66||SGP||MERITUS.GP||71|
|22)||Perdana Putra Minang||88||IDN||MERITUS.GP||28|
|9)||Perdana Putra Minang||88||IDN||MERITUS.GP||28|