2018 Championship

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07/12/18

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The Formula 4 South East Asia Championship (F4 SEA) - certified by the FIA - today announces the 2018 calendar and race fees. The F4 SEA programme now expands to 8 events with 24 races visiting Malaysia, Thailand and India, with a 3-race weekend format.  Just as in European and worldwide FIA F4 championships, the Formula 4 SEA champion wins12 FIA Super Licence points.

# Date Month Circuit Support
1) 07 - 08 Jul July Sepang International Circuit Sepang MSF
2) 13 - 15 Jul July Sepang International Circuit Sepang MCS
3) 01 - 02 Sep September Madras Motor Race Track Madras Feature
4) 08 - 09 Sep September Madras Motor Race Track Madras Feature
5) 26 - 28 Oct October Buriram International Circuit Buriram TSS
6) 26 - 28 Oct October Buriram International Circuit Buriram TSS
7) 23 - 25 Nov November Sepang International Circuit Sepang S1K
8) 01 - 02 Dec December Sepang International Circuit Sepang MSF

2018 Formula 4 South East Asia Champions

Formula 4 South East Asia (F4 SEA) – fuelled by Petron – 7th December 2018: The FIA F4SEA 2018 Champion Alessandro Ghiretti has refined and honed his race-craft during the 24-race season; his outstanding pace and gifted race talent advancing race-by-race with his confidence. The Moroccan based French national has proven his champion-status by his ability to find his way through traffic, climbing many times from last (reverse grid) to 1st place.

For the final race his breath-taking climb from 14th to 2nd during tropical rain in the night race on the floodlit Sepang track lights – with Kane Shepherd and Muizz Musyaffa in tow – was nothing short of amazing. Alessandro proved his prowess in all weather conditions, time and time again, however the winner’s honours in the final race of the season went to newcomer Malthe Jakobsen (Denmark) who persevered through the wet night to take his first top step on an F4 podium.

Says Malthe Jakobsen “the last two weeks with F4SEA was really good for my career development and with the help of my family and sponsors I finally won my first F4 podium. I am so happy. We thank MERITUS.GP for the 9 test sessions and six races on the very special F1 Sepang track”

Formula 4 SEA has visited the Madras Circuit in India, Sepang Circuit in Malaysia and Buriram Circuit in Thailand. With the Grand Finals in Sepang last weekend, the 24-race series is now concluded, and we are very happy to confirm our 2018 Champions.

2018 Champions

1st Alessandro Ghiretti (France, 16 years old, Car #28) on 420 points,
2nd Kane Shephard (Thailand, 17 years old, Car #3) on 330 points.
3rd Muizz Musyaffa (Malaysia, 16 years old Car #23) on 282 points. 

2018 Rookie Champions

1st Alessandro Ghiretti (France, 16 years old, Car #28) on 420 points.
2nd Muizz Musysaffa (Malaysia, 16 years old Car #23) on 282 points.
3rd Antoine Potty (Belgium, 16 years old Car #66) on 188 points.
4th Ryo Komikado (Japan, 21 years old, Car #46) on 160 points.

Alessandro comments ‘I am so happy, I worked very hard and pushed all the limits to win F4 and thanks to my family and the MERITUS.GP team I am now the champion. Now I have the chance to focus on the next step of my career and I look forward to the FIA Awards in Russia and to come back to Kuala Lumpur for the Meritus Awards Gala”

F4 SEA Champ, Ghiretti, steps up to F3 Asia

The success of the Frenchman, who also won the FIA F4SEA Rookie Driver Award, has not gone unnoticed. He has already been picked up by Oli Oakes British Hitech.GP F3 team, the F3 Asia championship winners. Ghiretti set the F3 Asia pace during 3 test days in Sepang on the 26,27,28 November with Hitech’s F3 Asia Tatuus Alfa-powered race car.

Kane Shepherd is Vice champion

The F4SEA vice-champion and multiple race winner is Thailand’s Kane Shepherd. Having earned the 2017 F4 SEA Rookie crown, Kane pushed Ghiretti to the limit! He is a brilliant runner-up in the championship as Thailand’s Shepherd proved yet again in the last event where the time between the two championship leaders was 2 thousandths of a second.

Team Malaysia is second Runner Up

Muizz Musyaffa, finishes third in the championship after a strong season. Musyaffa proved his ability regularly being the fastest man on the track but had a few thrills and spills throughout the championship which sometimes saw him just outside of the top three. But the team at MERITUS.GP think the youth has a bright future. His three race wins are surely a good first step in what we all hope is a competitive career.

Musyaffa’s team mate and comrade Alister Yoong, won his first race as a guest driver in India, and is of course the son of Malaysia’s F1 driver, Alex Yoong. The youth showed his hand again in Thailand and may be a competitor next year!

Looking to next year after a strong season

MERITUS team boss and F4 SEA organiser, Peter Thompson, is happy with the development of the championship over the year. Adding a new country to the roster and aligning the season format with European F4 championships has steadily built interest and Thompson is confident in better competition next year saying:

“The third season of F4SEA has firmly established the championship’s credentials with driver’s like Alessandro Ghiretti placing high in both F4 Asia and Europe. Towards the end of the championship the high level of competition between the drivers, fuelled by the one-make concept, has attracted promising newcomers like Denmark’s Malthe Jakobsen, Oman’s Shihab Al Habsi from the French FFSA championship, British kart champion Louie Westover and other talented young racers from around the world. With that said we expect a large turnout next season where we hope to offer a ten event 40 race championship that may see the return of some fan favourites like Muizz Musysaffa who could be a serious contender for the title.

Thompson may be looking to the future of F4 and young driver development in Asia, but the season is not quite over yet. This weekend the F4 SEA 2017 and 2018 champions will attend the annual FIA awards and of course we still have the MERITUS Awards Gala to look forwards to so be sure to keep up to date with all the action on our Facebook page.

Standings

Pos Driver # Nat Team Pts
1) Alessandro Ghiretti A. Ghiretti 28 FRA MERITUS.GP 420
2) Kane Shepherd K. Shepherd 3 THA MERITUS.GP 330
3) Muizz Musyaffa M. Musyaffa 23 MYS MERITUS.GP 282
4) Luke Thompson L. Thompson 42 IRL MERITUS.GP 207
5) Antoine Potty A. Potty 66 BEL MERITUS.GP 188
6) Ryo Komikado R. Komikado 46 JPN MERITUS.GP 160
7) Private: Malthe Jakobsen P. M. Jakobsen 8 AFG MERITUS.GP 82
8) Private: Lucca Allen P. L. Allen 29 AFG MERITUS.GP 57
9) Adam D’Agostino A. D’Agostino 55 CAN MERITUS.GP 48
10) Kubo Masataka K. Masataka 18 JPN MERITUS.GP 30
11) Private: Emily Linscott P. E. Linscott 99 AFG MERITUS.GP 21
12) Private: Shihab Al Habsi P. S. A. Habsi 34 AFG MERITUS.GP 19
13) Private: Louie Westover P. L. Westover 26 AFG MERITUS.GP 16
14) Chetan Korada C. Korada 77 AFG MERITUS.GP 16
15) Private: Moulay el Aloui P. M. E. Aloui 35 AFG MERITUS.GP 9
16) Adam Khalid A. Khalid 1 MYS MERITUS.GP 0
17) Aidan Wright A. Wright 7 AUS MERITUS.GP 0
18) Alister Yoong A. Yoong 22 MYS MERITUS.GP 0
19) Liam Lawrence L. Lawrence 99 LKA MERITUS.GP 0
20) Presley Martono P. Martono 32 IDN MERITUS.GP 0
21) Sandy Stuviq S. Stuviq 18 AFG MERITUS.GP 0
22) Shahkirah Shaharul S. Shaharul 11 MERITUS.GP 0
23) Timothy Yeo T. Yeo 10 MYS MERITUS.GP 0
Pos Driver # Nat Team Pts
1) Alessandro Ghiretti A. Ghiretti 28 FRA MERITUS.GP 420
2) Muizz Musyaffa M. Musyaffa 23 MYS MERITUS.GP 282
3) Antoine Potty A. Potty 66 BEL MERITUS.GP 188
4) Ryo Komikado R. Komikado 46 JPN MERITUS.GP 160
5) Kubo Masataka K. Masataka 18 JPN MERITUS.GP 30
6) Private: Emily Linscott P. E. Linscott 99 AFG MERITUS.GP 21
7) Private: Louie Westover P. L. Westover 26 AFG MERITUS.GP 16
8) Private: Moulay el Aloui P. M. E. Aloui 35 AFG MERITUS.GP 9
9) Alister Yoong A. Yoong 22 MYS MERITUS.GP 0