In Race 1 local favourite Ben Grimes was on pole position, the first time in his career he has achieved such exulted status.
Pre-race favourite Daniel Cao of China was right behind him while Thailand’s Kane Shepherd was third, ahead of Ben’s brother Sam.
The others on the grid were Malaysians — Adam Khalid and Timothy Yeo —Ireland’s Luke Thompson and Thailand’s Shivin Sirinarinthon.
There was a slight mix-up before the start with Thompson and Sirinarinthon accidentally taking each other’s place on the grid.
Once that was sorted out, and after the formation lap, the lights went out and Ben got off to an electrifying start with Cao close on his tail.
Adam, too, had a fantastic start and moved from fifth to third. Sam, meanwhile, spun out halfway into the first lap.
The top four cars quickly pulled away from the pack with Grimes fending off an attacking Cao brilliantly while Adam was doing likewise against Shepherd.
Cao, as is his nature, was aggressive but couldn’t get past Grimes.He nearly did so on lap eight but the Filipino found enough power to just stay ahead. From then on, there was no doubt Grimes would win as he sealed his place in the history books by becoming the first Filipino to win an F4 SEA race.
The battle for third place was intense. Twice Kane nearly overtook his Malaysian rival, before finally succeeding on the 11th of the 13-lap race just edging in front after the final corner and accelerating clear down home stretch. Race 1 to Grimes, Cao and Shepherd.
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