The Formula 4 South East Asia Championship – fueled by Petron – today kicked off a weekend of brilliant racing at the bright and sunny Sepang International Circuit, supporting the Malaysian Champion Series. Yesterday’s qualifying session saw Kane Shepherd on pole for the first race of Event 2. Timothy Yeo, who did not qualify for Race 1, started at the back of the grid behind Adam D’Agostino.
The green pit light released the young racers to commence their formation lap. With searing track conditions, tyre grip was not a problem, promising excellent wheel-to-wheel action.
With the drivers back from their formation lap and lined up on the grid, it was lights out here in Sepang! Kane Shepherd had a great start off the line, Alessandro Ghiretti took Muizz for second at the end of turn 2. Luke Thompson meanwhile was fighting to defend his fourth position from fast-encroaching competitors Aidan Wright and Antoine Potty.
After the second lap, in his eagerness to take second from Ghiretti, Muizz Musyaffa spun off coming out of Turn 2. Young Timothy Yeo mis-negotiated Turn 11 and got caught in the kitty litter but recovered quickly to rejoin the action.
Upfront, a fierce battle for third was brewing between Potty and Thompson who were practically nose-to-nose with each other going down the main straight into Turn 1. In the end, Potty managed to pip Thompson for third.
Race leader Kane Shepherd fought hard to keep Ghiretti in second, and started to widen the bridge between them. By the ninth lap they were some 2.38 seconds apart. The duo in front were over 11.3 seconds ahead of Potty and 14 seconds away from Thompson. That said Potty, Thompson and Wright were three wide going through Turn 15. No change in positions was recorded.
The chequered flag waved Kane Shepherd as the victor of the first race of Event 2 here in Sepang with a best time of 2:14.943. Ghiretti and Potty both joined the Thai racer on the podium while Luke Thompson, Muizz Musyaffa and Aidan Wright settled for fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.
More intense edge-of-your-seat action awaits you when the Formula 4 South East Asia Champion – certified by FIA – takes to the haloed ‘super circuit’ in Race 2. The second scrimmage will be streamed Live at 1050 hours (GMT+8) Sunday the 15th of July via the F4 SEA Facebook page and http://fiaf4.asia/2018_event-1_race-5_fb_live . Live timing of the race will be made available at https://livetiming.getraceresults.com/. For more updates on the championship please visit https://formula4.asia/.