Martono takes Sepang at Sunset

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As the sun set, the third race of the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship – fueled by Petron – took to the haloed Sepang International Circuit for the final time this wet and sunny weekend.

With the winning grid reversed, Ryo Komikado was the man in pole position for the final race of the weekend. Lining up behind him were Adam D’Agostino and Kubo Masataka, both of whom have fought hard this weekend for glory.

As the red lights blinked out for the last time this weekend, it was Canada’s Adam D’Agostino who charged off the line and led the pack down the straight, however he lost his position by going wide in the first corner. Timothy Yeo meanwhile spun as he negotiated the same corner, but promptly re-joined the race.

It seems lightning does strike twice. Alessandro Ghiretti pushed hard and was rewarded with the lead, ahead of Presley Martono. The duo managed to pip the Canadian who defended his third place position valiantly. However Kane Shepherd, Luke Thompson and Muizz Musyaffa all managed to get past new-comer Adam.

The fourth lap saw Presley come out ahead of Alessandro. Luke, some 8.1 seconds behind the duo, found himself having to defend his position against Muizz and Kane. Adam on the other hand steadily improved his lap times while defending his position from Kubo and compatriot Ryo.

In sixth place was Alister Yoong who began to find his pace and started encroaching on Kane for the fifth spot. As the eighth lap rolled around, the field was rather spaced out, with the exception of Kane and Muizz who had been battling each other since the red lights went out.

The duo’s battle only intensified as the lap count plummeted. After swapping positions in turns 11, 12, and 13, it was Kane Shepherd who managed to steal fourth position. Presley meanwhile was leading the field by 6.934 seconds.

The chequered flag eventually waved Indonesia’s Presley Martono the winner of the third and final race of the premier event of 2018 Championship. Alessandro Ghiretti and Luke Thompson settled for second and third.

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