Kane led us out of the pits and began the process of wheeling in the 1:43’s yet again. Thailand shepherd started on top of the leaderboard and stayed there for the first 10 minutes comfortably with a 1:44.246.
In fact, the top three, Ghiretti, Shepherd and Musyaffa were all within 2 tenths in the 1:44’s, but with new tyres put on for qualifying, the first time this weekend, we’re expecting low 1:43’s or maybe even a 1:42 and as I write that Kane Shepherd does a 1:43.924 setting the bar for Alessandro and Muizz.
But Shepherd also received a penalty for exceeding track limits. We won’t know if that affects his fastest lap until after the session, which is a big problem for Shepherd because, almost omnisciently, Ghiretti puts in a 1:43.875 as Kane, Muizz, Ryo and Potty pit.
After besting Kane and with 12 minutes to go Ghiretti pitted as well, hoping to converse his tyres and, like the rest of the drivers, satisfied with time he put in. Luke Thompson alone stayed out on track, trying to get into the 1:44’s with Muizz. But Alister’s Yoong’s 1:45.174 stood in his way. In front of Yoong, Belgium’s Antoine potty sat in P4. Antoine was rookie event champion in Malaysia and looks now to get back on the podium, but he has his work cut out for him as Alister nabbed his first win last event and has a taste for it now, plus Luke is improving every race. The trio must watch their mirrors now for Ryo Komikado, who got his first podium in India and he is determined to repeat the performance in Thailand.
In the end though, Luke couldn’t find the time and Alessandro Ghiretti starts from pole in race 1 with his rival Kane Shepherd 4.9 hundredths of a second behind. But as events 5&6 are being run together this weekend the second fastest lap from qualifying sets the starting grid for race 4 of the weekend, which is effectively event 6 race 1. Kane Shepherd will be sitting on the front row for that race, 3 thousandths of a second ahead of Ghiretti.
So, the Thai racing fans shouldn’t give up hope yet. As always with F4 SEA it’s anyone’s race, we know Muizz Musyaffa has a habit of winning every third race and Antoine Potty is closing in behind him so be sure to watch Saturday and Sunday’s races live on our Facebook page to see who comes out on top or if Ghiretti can repeat his performance in India https://facebook.com/Formula4SEA/