After Malaysia’s stunning performance in free practice, they were back at it in qualifying as Alister Yoong started things off with a 2:18.8. But it wasn’t long before Muizz Musyaffa lead Kane Shepherd and Malthe Jakobsen past his comrade breaking into the 2:14s three tenths ahead of Kane.
As we predicted in free practice the competition between Malaysia and Thailand was fierce this session! Shepherd blasted past Musyaffa with a 2:24.416 as the Malaysian set his personal best of 2:14.510 and Alister Yoong wasn’t going to be stopped from taking third back from Jakobson by three tenths as Luca Allen one upped his free practice by finding sixth.
As is his usual tactic, Ghiretti had been in the pits all this time likely conserving his tyres, but he’s out on track now and just set the third fastest lap a 2:15.324 as Adam Khalid another Malaysian breaks into the 2:15s two hundredths ahead of Malthe Jakobson making a top five dominated by team Malaysia.
The flying Frenchman doubled down the next lap braking into the 2:14s the top three now separated by 3 tenths of a second and the next three by another three tenths which is a great indicator of how competitive the races will be this weekend
Not happy with that Ghiretti sets the fastest first and second sectors but loses time in the back half of the track to maintain his position exactly two tenths behind the leader as several cars pit to conserve their tyres. You must remember that this set needs to do Qualifying plus races one to three and although each race is only 65-70km that adds up to a significant difference at the end of the weekend.
That said Ghiretti stayed out for 8 laps but couldn’t find a way past Muizz making it Thailand, Malaysia, France, for the first race tomorrow while newcomers Malthe and Luca did well to put themselves sixth and seventh on the starting grid while Emily Linscott and Shahkirah Shaharul set personal bests improving from free practice and eyeing top five in race 19.
|6)||Private: Malthe Jakobsen||2:15.961|
|7)||Private: Lucca Allen||2:16.123|
|9)||Private: Emily Linscott||2:17.572|