F4SEA 2016: Event 6 – Race 6

Akash Gowda did India proud as he won the final race of the 2016 season. Taking the lead from Omani...

Race 6 (Dry, 8 Laps, top 50% reversed) With the grid positions determined from the drivers’ finishing positions from the previous race, the sixth and final race of the weekend – which was also the final race of the inaugural season, also had the added twist of a reversed grid.

This meant that Oman’s Al-Wahaibi with the advantage starting from pole position ahead of India’s Gowda, Frost, Isyraf and Martono in positions second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

After a dramatic opening lap melee with all of the drivers jostling for position, it was Gowda who came out on top taking the lead of the race from Al-Wahaibi. Behind the leading two drivers, there was plenty of action, including one involving the Kiwi Kahia who made a stunning start to jump from his P6 starting position to move up to P3. Unfortunately, the Kiwi was unable to keep the position for long as Martono would take the position by the second lap.

With Gowda and Al-Wahaibi comfortably away, the bulk of the action was concentrated on the fight for P3 between Martono and Isyraf Danish as well as Frost. By the fifth lap, that battle would become a four-way fight that included Martono, Isyraf and Frost, as the field started to close in on Al-Wahaibi. But as the jostling continued between the Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean youngsters, AlWahaibi was able to put his foot down and pull away to re-establish a comfortable gap to keep his second place.

The fight for third spot continued to intensify as the trio jostled each other with the position changing several times towards the closing stages of the 8-lap race. A brilliantly timed overtake move on the penultimate lap by Isyraf from fifth position saw the youngster jump both Martono and Frost, one the Malaysian driver kept all the way to the chequered flag.

Meanwhile, India’s Gowda made Race 6 a memorable comeback with an emphatic race victory after a difficult and challenging weekend, finishing well ahead of AlWahaibi, with Isyraf Danish rounding off a weekend that saw the youngster finish on the podium in every race.

Formula 4 SEA

Is F1 your dream? FIA F4(Formula 4 SEA) is the first step! F4SEA is a 30 race 6 event championship, designed to transition karters to formula racing. The championship focuses on training young drivers while supporting events like Formula 1 and Asian Le Mans.