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Selected Quotes after F4SEA Sunday races in Thailand

Selected Quotes after F4SEA Sunday races in Thailand

08.01.2017: F4 SEA Series - Buriram, Thailand Sunday, January 8th 2017 Presley Martono (INA, Car #32) Winner Race 6, Winner

F4 SEA Series - Buriram, Thailand
Sunday, January 8th 2017





Presley Martono (INA, Car #32) Winner Race 6, Winner Race, 3rd Overall Fuji Xerox Star Driver Award for Event 5:



“I knew I had the pace to challenge even though I had to start from P6 on the grid. I just needed to be patient and pace myself. I had a really good start and managed to make up two spots on the start. After that I just kept my head down and slowly began to catch Faine (Kahia).




At the end I managed to catch him but he was very difficult to overtake as he defended really well. I am really happy with this result.



“The last race of the weekend was very very hard because at the start I had a tough fight on my hands against Akash (Gowda). That battle lost me a lot of time. By the time I managed to overtake Akash, I had a big task to catch Khalid (Al-Wahaibi), who was very hard to overtake. I did manage to get him, but I had to defend for almost two laps.




Towards the end, Isyraf (Danish) also started to close in and I really had to push as hard as possible to make sure I had enough of a gap to him.



“Overall, this has been a good weekend. To finish overall third for the Fuji Xerox Star Driver of the event is really great, this despite the problems I was facing earlier in the week.”






Faine Kahia (NZL, Car #55) P2 Race 6, Overall Winner Fuji Xerox Star Driver Award for Event 5:



“Again, I was suffering with a small issue with the car, which made it a bit difficult to drive. Overall, I am really happy with my start, as I was able to push myself up a few spots and catch Eric to challenge for the race lead.



But then Presley (Martono) caught up to me and after that we had a really good battle. We both kept it clean and raced responsibly. I am happy to make it to the podium again.


I’m really happy to have come away from the weekend as the overall winner and take home the Star Driver Award. It’s definitely great for the championship, plus it is my first time for me! I am very very happy! Looking forward to Sepang, let’s hope we can repeat the success!”





Danial Frost (SIN, Car #66) – P3 Race 7, 2nd Overall Fuji Xerox Star Driver Award for Event 5:



“I really struggled with pace in Race 7 and am a little disappointed with that. But I was a bit lucky that the safety car came out and I was right behind Akash (Gowda) at the restart and I was able to overtake him for the position.


“To be honest, I was not expecting to finish anywhere near to contend for the Star Driver Award for the event, but I am happy with where I finished. Now we will push for the last event of the season at Sepang in two weeks time.”






Akash Gowda (IND, Car #33) P3 Race 6:



“To be honest, I think I could have done much better. I definitely had the pace but had a bad start and lost a few positions, I think down to P6. From that point on, I had it all to do. But then it started to come good at the end but unfortunately I could not do much with it.



 I could have pushed earlier but I was bogged down with trying to fight for position. Overall though, I will take the positive side in that I know that I definitely have the pace.”







Peter Thompson, Chairman, Triple A:


“It has definitely been a challenging weekend for a lot of these young drivers, in addition to having to learn and familiarise themselves with a new circuit. There has been a lot of learning for the young drivers with a lot of close racing on track.



That sets us up for what could potentially be an exciting finale to the inaugural season of the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship. We are really looking forward to bring the first ever season to a close at the Sepang International Circuit, the venue where we kicked the season off, six months ago.





Firhat Mokhzani, Managing Director, Triple A:



“Undoubtedly a difficult and challenging outing for some of the drivers this weekend but by the same token an excellent one of learning for these young drivers.



The drivers - including those new to the championship, made huge and significant improvements as evidenced by how close everyone was and the pace they were able to demonstrate as well as their race craft.



It has definitely provided us with a lot of close and interesting racing. The drivers’ growth and improvement really sets us up for what is going to be an interesting sprint to the finish in Sepang in two weeks time.”
 
 
 
 
 
Peter Thompson ,Farah Aziz - photos F4SEA

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