Malaysia’s Shakira Shaharul started on pole alongside Emily Lincsott for the final race of the semi-finals. The duo got away well, with Emily defending from Alister and Malthe who tried go around the outside while Shakirah sailed through the opening sequence, but a collision mid-corner saw the safety-car deployed.
The marshalls recovered the two damaged cars and Malthe Jakobsen restarted the race! The Dane led Yoong, Ghiretti, Musyaffa, Shepherd and Allen around the final corner, hitting the gas on the exit and powering down the main straight. Malthe sped down the main straight with Alister just behind, but Ghiretti had a perfect restart pulling alongside the Malaysian wildcard and getting past him just before Muizz, Alister and Kane went three wide through the first corner.
Muizz came out of that tussle on top and looked poised to make a move on Ghiretti through the fourth corner. But Thailand’s Shepherd came from nowhere to dive down the inside of the purple number 23. Muizz was pushed wide onto the rumble strip to keep himself alongside the Thai driver and got it back through turn 5 as Lucca Allen tried to make a move on Shepherd. However Yoong got a better exit out of six and was all over the Irish driver coming through seven and eight.
The battle between the top three in the championship had given Jakobsen a chance to open a gap at the front of the pack. But now Ghiretti had him in his sights and made a move at turn 15 as Shepherd leapt past Musyaffa at the entrance of the corner and tried to undertake Ghiretti as well! Thailand’s Shepherd looked to have the better exit but didn’t have anywhere to go with Ghiretti and Malthe blocking him in, instead the Thai was forced to follow Ghiretti past Malthe down the main straight with Muizz following suit around the outside of turn three.
Now it was the top 3 drivers in the championship fighting for the race lead and they didn’t disappoint with Thailand’s Shepherd immediately making a move at turn four. First having a look around the outside before switching back up the inside and pulling along the French driver putting him on the outside as the duo went 2 wide through turn five.
Ghiretti came out on top of that battle and although Kane gave him hell for the rest of the race, the safety car period had caused the session to go over time and so the race was cut short, depriving Thailand’s Shepherd of the time he needed to make another move and ending the weekend with Ghiretti atop the podium yet again followed by Shepherd and Musyaffa.
|2)||Private: Emily Linscott|
|4)||Private: Malthe Jakobsen|
|8)||Private: Lucca Allen|
|5)||Private: Malthe Jakobsen||25:50.848||2:17.150|
|6)||Private: Lucca Allen||25:55.838||2:18.084|
|9)||Private: Emily Linscott||DNF|