The stakes had never been higher. The final race of the Formula 4 SEA Championship – fueled by Petron – was an absolute heart- and show-stopper that had everyone on the edge of their seats.
The starting grid for race 6, determined by the outcome of race 5, saw the top 50% of the grid reversed. This meant Adam Khalid was in pole position.
However an issue with his machine prevented the Malaysian from starting on the grid and he was forced to start from the pit lane.
Daniel Cao had a great start off the line with Kane Shepherd inches behind him.
The field filed down to Turn 1 gracefully enough, but the rest of the race was relentless wheel-to-wheel action. So intense was it, that Eshan Pieris found himself sliding out of top contention at Turn 6.
Kane Shepherd took the lead shortly thereafter, which left Cao no choice but to amp the pressure on the Thai lad.
Behind them a lot of bobbing and weaving was going on between Ugo and Hibiki in a battle royale for third place.
Kane, at this point was starting to pull out a substantial lead over the lightning-fast pack behind him. Hibiki then overtook Ugo for third position.
The foursome – Kane, Cao, Ugo and Hibiki had put some distance between themselves and the mid-fielders.
At the mid-way point, Hibiki found the chance to grab second place from Cao. Not far behind was Mitchell Cheah who started to gain ground on the front runners.
Muizz Musyaffa and Benson Lin started to lock horns with each other from lap 6 onwards. Joining them was Adam Khalid, who had made up incredible time to catch the duo.
By the final lap, the heat was truly on. The drivers were at their peak, concentrating hard on the job at hand.
The flag waved Kane Shepherd as the winner of the final race of event 4, with Hibiki Taira and Daniel Cao coming in second and third.
“I’m on top of the world right now. It was hard-fought battle but experience helped me maintain the lead. Overall – it’s been great!” said a very excited Kane.
“I gave it my best. But I need to have more time in the car. Testing will help me gain more experience,” admitted Cao, while Hibiki commented:
“I really wanted to win. But I’m happy with my result. I will do better next time.”
|6)||Ugo De Wilde|
|6)||Ugo De Wilde||2:19.592||2:16.782||2:14.347||2:14.939||2:14.672||2:14.818||2:14.810||2:15.574||2:15.294|
|13)||2017 Event 4 Race 6||2:20.150||2:19.571||2:21.683||2:17.577||2:15.565||2:15.558||2:17.656||2:16.751||2:15.937|
|5)||Ugo De Wilde||20:24.550||2:14.347|