Luke Thompson sat on pole for the final race of the 2018 tour of Thailand, the Irish youth had been setting personal bests all weekend, but he was sitting alongside the 2017 rookie champion now and Kane Shepherd is one of the best on the grid. The Thai driver got alongside Luke and held the inside line through turn 1 as Alister Yoong led Alessandro Ghiretti past Antoine Potty and Muizz Musyaffa was pushed wide on the exit.
Kane locked up coming into turn 3 as Alister and Alessandro jumped past Ryo leaving Muizz to fight with Antoine. Alister had a better exit than Luke coming out of turn 3 and got side by side down the straight leading up to turn 4, jumping past the Irishman with Ghiretti in tow the next corner.
Now it was Thailand Malaysia France as Luke and Ryo tussled for position ahead of Antoine and Muizz, but not for long as Muizz leapfrogged into P5 down the main straight and surged past Antoine and Luke through the back half of the circuit as Antoine fought Luke for fourth.
The action returned to the front of the grid as Allister Yoong, who had been keeping pace with Kane Shepherd and maintaining a gap of 5 tenths, set his personal best time and then doubled down with the fastest lap of the race so far! The Malaysian had found his time in the first sector and that’s where he made his move. Diving up the inside of Kane into turn 3 Alister’s front left endplate collided with Kane’s rear right tyre and bent the main plane. Unfazed Malaysia continued to fight Thailand for the top spot, coming at him again the next lap, but the loss of his aero led him to lock up his tyres and allowed Kane to keep ahead.
All was not lost for team Malaysia, just as Alister ran into trouble Muizz Musyaffa broke into the 1:43’s the only man to do so this race. He doubled and then tripled down maintaining a blistering pace and taking 3-5 tenths out of the gap to P3 every lap. In short order the Malaysian had caught the Frenchman in front of him and the two fought for position till the chequered flag.
As the laps counted down Muizz set another 1:43 which would become the fastest lap of the race, and perhaps the weekend as he found a way past Ghiretti and made the result Thailand, Malaysia, Malaysia as Kane Shepherd won his first race in an F4 car on Thai soil!