Formula 4 South East Asia – fueled by Petron – is a melting pot of motorsport talent and culture. The fourth instalment of the FIA-certified 2017-18 Championship supported the Asian Le Mans Endurance Series at the Sepang International Circuit during the first week of February. Drivers of many nationalities gathered to battle one another for victory on the asphalt of the Sepang F1 ‘Super Circuit’.
17-year old Tsen-Han Lin, better known to his friends as ‘Benson,’ has been on the warpath to create a name for himself within the racing community here in Asia. Starting out at the age of 10, he managed to come in second at the novice class of the Taiwan Karting Open.
Slowly but surely Benson began building his motorsport career by climbing the ranks in competitions held from Taiwan to Le Mans, France to Japan, winning in almost every mainstream genre of karting. The Taipei-native has since decided to further his ‘education’ in the art of speed and F4 SEA gave Benson the opportunity to display his potential at the Sepang track recently.
In the test sessions, Benson learned well from his driver coaches and systematically broke his lap times and in free practice he was just 1.1 seconds off the pace of Sri Lankan session leader Eshan Pieris, who also led the field in qualifying. Benson meanwhile qualified ninth, ahead of strong competition from the rest of the pack.
The premier race of the weekend saw the Taiwanese lad fight fighting back and managing to maintain his start position.
In race two Benson became better acquainted with the mid-field and by the end of the race, he was chasing former event champion Ugo De Wilde for 8th but could not pip the speedy Belgian.
In the action-packed third race of the event, Benson duelled in the mid-field against Luke Thompson and Alister Yoong. However Benson was penalized by the stewards for jumping the start. His 10-second penalty landed him in seventh place.
The fourth race saw Benson cross the finish line in seventh position, setting his own personal best time of 2:14.168.
Shortly thereafter, the Taipei-native finished in ninth position in the fifth race of the weekend as result of being penalized once again by the stewards again for jumping the start.
In the final race of the weekend, Benson Lin crossed the finish line in ninth place, ahead of Liam Lawrence. He collected 50 points and the Event Champion’s Trophy for his efforts.
F4 SEA gives budding young racers like Benson Lin the opportunity to develop their racecraft cost-effectively in Asia, whilst starting to earn FIA Super Licence points.