Driver comments after F4 SEA Sepang final races

Driver comments after F4 SEA Sepang final races

22.01.2017: Formula 4 South East Asia (F4/SEA) Championship – certified by FIA Sepang International Circuit - Malaysia Sunday, January 22nd 2017

Formula 4 South East Asia (F4/SEA) Championship – certified by FIA
Sepang International Circuit - Malaysia
Sunday, January 22nd  2017




Driver Comments:



Presley Martono (INA, Car #32): Winner Race 5



“I was trying very hard to jump Isyraf at the start, and even went side-by-side into the first corner, but he managed to defend the position.



I did manage to overtake him for the lead. From that point, I tried not to worry too much about him, and think positive. Going into the last race, I am hoping for a great result no matter what happens.”





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



“I had a really really good start from P2 on the grid and managed to overtake Khalid (Al-Wahaibi). From that point on, all I was focused on was just the road ahead.


 I knew that there would be a lot of battles behind me, so I kept my focus on that to pull away and keep the pace consistent. It is a great way to end the championship as I finally made it to the podium with the win!




I would like to thank my amazing driver coach Armaan Ebrahim, my family and especially the mechanics. As we had a few issues to work through over the weekend, they did an amazing job to try and fix it, and the results proved it!




Isyraf Danish (MAS, Car #19): P2 Race 5; P3 Race 6; Event 6 Petron Star Driver Award for F4/SEA Event 6:




“I had an OK start and did manage to defend the lead but Presley had the better of me and took the lead from me. After that point, I refocused and just worked on getting a consistent pace and eventually closed the gap to Presley.



I tried to push but Presley is a great defensive driver, which made it very difficult for me to overtake. Overall though, I am really happy with this result and with my pace.



“Starting from P3 for the final race, I did unfortunately get overtaken by Presley on Turn 1 and then Faine (Kahia) on Turn 2. At that moment, I realised that I had to keep pushing and not to give up, especially for this last race.



I managed to keep a great pace with the other drivers and kept my focus on the racing line. I am really happy with P3 in Race 6 as I was able to keep the record going with six podiums from six races. That’s really great, especially for a rookie like me!



“It feels unbelievable, in fact amazing to come away from the final event of the season and my first ever season in a formula car with the Star Driver award!



 I want to thank my parents, family and friends and my amazing crew for all the hard work. It’s paid off and it is very special to get it here, on my home race!”







Khalid Al-Wahaibi (OMN, Car #8): P2 Race 6:



“I started on pole position due to the reversed grid and although I had a good start, Akash (Gowda) had an even better start and was able to take the lead from me.



From that point, my focus was on keeping my second position. I did make a few mistakes, which did bring the guys behind me closer. But their fight also allowed me pull away. It is a great way to end the weekend.



I had a tough start to the weekend, but began to improve towards the end. Especially after a great weekend in Thailand, this was hard to take. But to end it on a positive note like this is a great way to close out the season.”
 
 
 

Peter Thompson - Farah Aziz -  photo  F4 SEA

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