Jordan Love emerges victorious with opening F4SEA day win

Jordan Love emerges victorious with opening F4SEA day win

08.12.2016: Formula 4 South East Asia (F4/SEA) -Event 4 Day 1 Sepang International Circuit

Formula 4 South East Asia (F4/SEA)
-Event 4 Day 1 Sepang International Circuit





The fourth event in the inaugural season of the Formula 4 South East Asia (F4/SEA) Championship – certified by FIA got underway on Thursday with Australia’s Jordan Love (AUS, Car #79) drawing first blood following an emphatic race victory in Race 1 from pole position on Thursday afternoon.



The young Aussie had already demonstrated his incredible pace during qualifying earlier in the day, which he quickly translated into a commanding victory over Singapore’s Danial Frost (SIN, Car #66).



The Singaporean meanwhile had the monumental task of defending his position from Indonesia’s Presley Martono (INA, Car #32), who eventually settled for the third and final spot on the podium after a hard-fought 10-lap battle with Frost.



Free Practice and Qualifying


Carrying on the momentum from his successful outing at last month’s event in Indonesia, it was Presley Martono who set the initial benchmark after going quickest in the wet morning practice session.



His time of 2:27.085s was just under two-tenths quicker than returning Jordan Love who clocked in the second fastest time of the session with a 2:27.273s.



Rounding off the top-three in the 30-minute session was Singapore’s Danial Frost (SIN, Car #66) with his effort of 2:28.246s with Adam Khalid (MAS, Car #5) as the best of the Malaysian drivers with his effort of 2:28.470s.



The dry but overcast conditions in the early afternoon qualifying session would however see the Aussie ace outclass the field with his time of 2.11.915s for pole position. Love was also the only driver to dip under the 2:12m mark, as his closest rival, Martono was second fastest with his best effort of 2:12.828s, ninth-tenths down on the Australian.



Third quickest with a 2:13.083s to occupy P3 on the grid for Race 1 was Frost, ahead of Adam Khalid in P4 after his qualifying time of 2:13.372s. Occupying the third row on the grid in P5 was Indonesia’s Keanon Santoso (INA, Car #88) ahead of India’s Mohamed Nalwalla (IND, Car #46) in P6.
 
 



Race 1 (10 Laps)



With dry conditions for the early evening race, the 10-lap race proved to be a battle of nerves at the start for Love. The young Aussie was faced with the task of defending the position from a charging Frost who managed to gain a position over Martono at the start to challenge Love.



The Australian was however able to keep his cool as he strung together a series of quick laps to quickly open up a gap to the field. That left the scrap for the podium positions between Frost and Martono, who despite his poor getaway from the line was able to match Frost’s pace not long after.



By the second lap, the dueling duo was also able to pull away from the rest. Meanwhile, retaining his starting position, Malaysian Adam Khalid also began to pull away slightly leaving the bulk of the battles for position between the mid-field runners.



This involved Indonesia’s Santoso, Akash Gowda (IND, Car #33) who had stormed through the field from the back to find himself in a good position to challenge for a top-five finish and Oman’s Khalid Al-Wahaibi (OMN, Car #8). Unfortunately, the race would end prematurely for the Indian as a problem robbed him of the chance to translate his incredible race pace.



The on-track battles would continue through to closing stages of the race, specifically between Frost and Martono for P2, and Al-Wahaibi and Malaysia’s Isyraf Danish (MAS, Car #19), the latter having made up ground through the 10-lap race.



At the front, the Australian remained unchallenged crossing the finishing line with an emphatic win over Frost, who withstood the challenge from Martono to hold on to second ahead of the Indonesian with the slimmest of margins.



Claiming fourth position was Malaysia’s Adam Khalid, ahead of Santoso in fifth. Behind them, Al- Wahaibi was able to hold on to his track position to finish sixth ahead of Isyraf Danish in seventh and Mohamed Nalwalla in eighth.




- Peter Thompson -    photos F4SEA

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08.12.2016 / MaP

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