Selected driver quotes after Sepang F4 SEA Saturday races

Selected driver quotes after Sepang F4 SEA Saturday races

21.01.2017: Formula 4 South East Asia (F4/SEA) Championship – certified by FIA Sepang International Circuit Saturday, January 21st 2017

Formula 4 South East Asia (F4/SEA) Championship – certified by FIA
 Sepang International Circuit
Saturday, January 21st 2017





Isyraf Danish (MAS, Car #19): Winner Race 1; P3 Race 2; P3 Race 3;



P2 Race 4 “It is truly special to come away with a race win right here at Sepang, my home track! I had a good start and was able to maintain my position but then Presley



(Martono) and Danial (Frost) collided in front of me and I had to avoid them both. From that point on I could pull away from the others. At first I was really scared, as this is the first time I was leading a race. So I tried to stay focus on the racing line and even pretended I was catching another driver ahead of me. I am really happy and would like to thank my parents and the crew!



“I had a bad start in Race 3 and lost the position to Faine (Kahia) on the opening lap, who managed to pull away. I did manage to stay close to him but then Presley (Martono) came and started to pressure me for position. Unfortunately he did manage to overtake me in the last sector on the second lap.



I tried to find an opportunity to retake the position but then had to defend against Danial (Frost) who gave me a good fight on the last lap. Though he did manage to overtake me on the final lap, I had one chance coming into the final corner and I had the better inside line and managed to retake the position.



”I had a much better start in this race. Starting from P3, I tried to keep the pace consistent as much as possible, but Presley managed to catch me and unfortunately, he managed to overtake me on Turn 9 on lap 2.



After that point, I managed to stay close to him but he was defending really hard. It was really hard to overtake him, even though I kept trying. Overall though, I am really happy with the result!


“Unfortunately for me, I did not have a great start in Race 4 as I got overtaken by four cars, dropping me down from P3 to P6. After that, I had it all to do. I managed to overtake a few cars and eventually caught up to the frontrunners.



I managed to close in on Faine and managed to overtake him on Turn 1, I think on Lap 8. Then I caught Presley but I ran out of laps! Overall, I am really happy with my overall pace and the results from today.”






Presley Martono (INA, Car #32): DNF Race 1; Winner Race 2; P2 Race 3; Winner Race 4: 
“I had a really great start in Race 2 and managed to move from P7 up to P3 on the opening lap. I think that moment was really what won me the race!



After that, I was able to overtake Isyraf though I couldn’t really shake him off either. So while defending hard, I also had to attack Faine (Kahia).



Then Faine started making a few mistakes so I knew I had to capitalise and managed to do it on Turn 1 on the final lap. I am really happy as I know how important this win is for the championship race.



“In Race 3, I was really trying to get a good start but Faine backed me into a wall, and I had to back off. I lost a lot of momentum after that.



But once I got back the groove, I then had to defend against Isyraf, who was really really quick and he really pressured me. It was hard to defend against him but I am happy I managed to keep the position. Given the circumstances in this race, second position is good.



“I am so happy to get a second win! Initially once I got off at the start, I really did not have too much challenge, although I had to be mindful of Faine behind me who was very consistent.



Then towards the end, I had to contend with the challenge from Isyraf who was super quick! I think we have to go back and strategise for tomorrow’s final two races. Overall, I am really happy with the results today.






Danial Frost (SIN, Car #66): Winner Race 3 “I
am really overjoyed with this win. Starting from P2, I had a clean start and managed to stay behind Eric Louis for laps.



I did manage to overtake him as I had a good run. After that, the focus was to stay consistent through to the finish. I am really happy with this result especially after the disappointment in Race 1.”



Eric Louis (MAS, Car #23): P2 Race 1 “
At the start I was able to jump Faine (Kahia) for position and after that I just focused on the job at hand. After the two guys at the front collided, I was up to P2 and had a really good race all by myself.



 I began pacing myself from that point but then Faine managed to catch up to me, so I upped the pace a bit to maintain a gap. I am really delighted with this result!”







Faine Kahia (NZL, Car #55): P3 Race 1; P2 Race 2: “
Unfortunately, I lost at position at the start to Eric (Louis), who managed to pull out a gap to me and left me in a good scrap with Khalid (Al-Wahaibi) and Akash (Gowda) for P3.



But I managed to defend the position and opened up a bit of a gap. Later on in the race I was able to find the pace and began catching Eric but ran out of laps.



Overall though, I am really happy with this result, as it is a huge boost for the championship race. “I had the lead from the start almost to the finish, which was really good but then a felt something was not right and I started making a few mistakes and lost it on the last lap unfortunately.




After Presley took the position, I had to concentrate on trying to manage the situation as best as I could to keep the position. Again, an important result especially when looking at the overall championship.



“P3 in Race 4, and that is important given the overall championship fight. I was in second for most of the race but Isyraf seemed to have much better pace compared to me. But, I have to think big picture and this is a good result!”
 
 
 
 

Peter Thompson - Farah Aziz -  photo F4 SEA

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