It was Ghiretti on pole for the opening race of the 2018 Grand Finals. The Flying Frenchman pinched the top spot from Kane Shepherd by five hundredths of a second as newcomer Malthe Jakobsen found third ahead of team Ireland’s Luke Thompson and Lucca Allen.
With the top five looking strong, we were on the edge of our seats as the lights went out and the blue number 28 lead us down the main straight and into turn one, Kane immediately switched to the inside line, tucking in behind Alessandro to get the slipstream before diving outside around the first corner. He switched back earlier than Ghiretti into turn two just ahead of Jakobsen, Thompson and Allen who were wheel-to-wheel through the first section and up into turn four.
Shepherd was allover the back of the flying Frenchman, holding his tongue through turn four he had a look around turn 5 and powered through the rest of the lap, not once leaving Ghiretti’s rear view mirrors.
Thailand’s Shepherd would try again and again lap after lap keeping the gap to five tenths and setting she fastest lap of the race, two thousands more than Ghiretti had to give, but the flying Frenchman defended like his life depended on it and unfortunately for Thailand the action was further down the grid where the battle between team Ireland for fourth had allowed Muizz Musyaffa to close the gap.
Lucca Allen had been right up Luke Thompsons tale, looking for a way past at every opportunity, trying turn 5 and 15 but now the driver ranked third in the championship, Muizz Musyaffa had a foot in the door. Malaysia’s rocket dived down the inside of turn 15, taking Allen and looking for Thompson, but he overshot, and Allen cut back off of the outside line to come alongside on the exit of the corner and sail through past the start finish straight and into turn 1.
The duo would switch back and forth until the end of the race, where on the last corner of the last lap Muizz learned from his last attempt and inched pass crossing the line 8 hundredths of a second ahead, making it Ghiretti, Shepherd, Jakobsen, Thompson, Musyaffa!
|3)||Private: Malthe Jakobsen||2:14.312|
|5)||Private: Lucca Allen||2:14.580|
|6)||Private: Louie Westover||2:16.014|
|8)||Private: Shihab Al Habsi||2:16.014|
|9)||Private: Moulay el Aloui||2:19.387|
|3)||Private: Malthe Jakobsen||27:16.591||2:15.035|
|6)||Private: Lucca Allen||27:25.201||2:16.111|
|9)||Private: Louie Westover||27:36.445||2:16.592|
|11)||Private: Moulay el Aloui||28:14.920||2:19.816|
|12)||Private: Shihab Al Habsi||28:20.350||2:19.223|