After a hot and humid start to the second round of the FIA Formula 4 Southeast Asia Championship fuelled by PETRON Corporation, the weather turned during qualifying on Saturday with dark overcast clouds forming over Clark International Speedway in the Philippines.
Local favourite Ben Grimes who was returning to racing after a short study break, dominated the session as he raced away from his competitors on his home track.
The 19-year-old, who had never before earned pole position, was determined to set that record straight.
He kept his cool under pressure from event one champion Danial Cao of China, who won three of the five races in round one at Sepang International Circuit.
Grimes stayed focused to clock 1:55.680 seconds to claim first place on the front grid while Cao timed 1:55.70s to share the front row.
Rookie Kane Shepherd of New Zealand was third with another Filipino, Sam Grimes fourth.
Qualifying was cut short after Shepherd’s car stalled towards the end, just as it looked like he could challenge Cao for second place.
Two Malaysians — Adam Khalid and Timothy Yeo — were fifth and sixth fastest while Ireland’s Luke Thompson and Thailand’s Shivin Sirinarinthon were seventh and eighth.