Bright and early Saturday morning saw the final free practice of 2018 with the blue number 28 of Alessandro Ghiretti starting things off in the 2:16s, doubling down with a 2:14.940 on his third lap. Kane Shepherd meanwhile was hunting down Ghiretti, closing in on the leader’s time. With 10 minutes to go Kane was 4 tenths off the best time and set the best second sector two tenths faster than Ghiretti.
But due to the back-to-back free practice and qualifying at this point the top drivers retired to the pit lane to put on their new slicks and wait for qualifying. That didn’t stop newcomer Shihab Al Habsi from maximizing his time in the sun to shine putting in a strong time, more than enough to earn him 3rd position. Shihab joins us for the first time this weekend so its good to see the Omani driver already on the pace and knowing that free practice determines the exit order for qualifying and often the starting grid for race 1 this could spell success for the athlete this weekend.
Luke Thompson and Alister Yoong know this well, pushing themselves to round off the top 5 as two of the drivers who joined us last week, the Dane Malthe Jakobsen and the fighting Irish Lucca Allen, put in for sixth and seventh, repeating their performance from last event and showing how the open data rule allows drivers who have never raced on a track before, to be on the pace as fast as possible.
There’s more action to come this afternoon with races 22-24 and of course we still have an event champion to crown so be sure to watch the livestream on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Formula4SEA/
|3)||Private: Shihab Al Habsi||2:16.554|
|6)||Private: Malthe Jakobsen||2:18.000|
|7)||Private: Lucca Allen||2:18.768|
|10)||Private: Louie Westover||2:20.000|
|13)||Private: Moulay el Aloui||2:22.338|