FIA Formula 4 South East Asia (F4 SEA) – fueled by Petron – provides an amazing transition from karting to formula racing that gives young, up-and-coming racers such as Kane Shepherd an opportunity to springboard their careers to the highest echelons of motorsport in F1, LMP1 and GT1.
The FIA-certified F4SEA Championship boasts the incredible ‘One’ concept, which allows brilliant rookie drivers such as Kane the chance to progress and to earn invaluable FIA Super License Points in the one-make, one-cost, one-data series.
Bangkok-resident Kane Shepherd is a familiar face in the 2017-18 FIA F4 SEA Championship as he has competed heroically in every event this season.
Kane started out his racing career at the tender age of six and was soon winning karting titles, such as the 2016 Thailand Rotax Max Senior Championship.
This incredible victory subsequently earned Kane a well-deserved two-day test scholarship with the F4 SEA at the ultra-modern, Sepang International Circuit. This went so well for him that he competed in the 2016-17 Buriram event.
The ambitious speed demon has been on the podium at every event since Buriram, and has won the FIA Formula 4 Rookie Event Champion Trophy each time! Hence, the final event will determine the F4 SEA Rookie Champion and Kane looks to be in a strong position to win.
Each event of the F4 SEA calendar sees more and more talented rookies climb aboard the driver development championship. These include drivers like Eshan Pieris, Nayan Chatterjee, Perdana Minang, Luke Thompson, Sam Grimes, Chaimongkol “Cutter” Sasakorn and Adam Khalid.
With stiff competition from fearless F4 rookies, Kane certainly has his work cut out for him. That being said, the Bangkok-native exhibits an amazingly calm demeanour throughout the race weekend, as he focuses on developing his racecraft.
Kane’s stunning on-track performances amidst stern competition from top Driver Championship contenders, Daniel Cao and Ugo De Wilde put this rookie ahead of the pack. In Event 4, surrounded by dominating rivals, Kane managed to steal the flag not once but twice in Races 4 and 6.
The future of motorsport in Asia continues to shine brightly with sublime local talent such as Kane Shepherd keeping up the hard fight for victory, inspired by a quote from a man he greatly admires, the infamous Winston Churchill: “We will fight them on the beaches and we will never surrender.”
Kane will be back for the Finale of the 2017-18 FIA Formula 4 South East Asia Championship to be held at the Sepang International Circuit from 13th -15th April 2018, supporting the Malaysian Championship Series (MCS).