F4SEA gets underway as Jordan Love claims first victory

F4SEA gets underway as Jordan Love claims first victory

06.08.2016: Formula 4 South East Asia (F4SEA) Championship at Sepang International Circuit Friday, August 5th 2016

Formula 4 South East Asia (F4SEA) Championship at Sepang International Circuit
Friday, August 5th 2016





– With the wait finally over, the brand new Formula 4 South East Asia (F4SEA) Championship – certified by FIA got underway at the Sepang International Circuit with qualifying and the first of six races taking place on Friday.


Following an intense schedule that commenced with free practice in the morning, the mid-afternoon qualifying session saw Jordan Love of Australia (Car #79) claim his first pole position start for Race 1, scheduled later the same day.


The 17-year old then went on the stamp his authority by taking the honours of claiming his first race win in the inaugural season of this brand new championship.


Meanwhile, a strong result by Indian rookie driver Muhammad Nalwalla earned the youngster the first Rookie Champion trophy of the season after finishing fifth overall in Race 1.




Qualifying



Already quickest during the morning practice session, it was Jordan Love who again outclassed the rest of the field in the mid afternoon qualifying session.


With an impressive time of 2m 11.638s en route to his first pole position start in the inaugural F4SEA championship season, the Aussie Ace was also the sole driver to clock a time under the 2m12s mark.


Lining up alongside the young Australian was Singapore’s Danial Frost (SIN, Car #66) who managed to post his best time of 2m 12.002s, nearly four tenths off Love’s time.


Meanwhile, claiming a third position start for the first race was Malaysia’s Nazim Azman (MAS, Car #17) who posted a time of 2m 12.092s ahead of New Zealand’s Faine Kahia (NZL, Car #55) who lines up alongside the Malaysian on the second row of the grid in P4.


 


Race 1



With Jordan lined up on the front row for the late afternoon race, the start however, belonged to Singaporean youngster Danial Frost whose lightening start saw him outgun the Aussie ace into the first sequence of corners.


Having taken the lead from Jordan, the stage was set for an epic duel between the pair. Taking full advantage of his speed in the first sector, the Singaporean rookie was able to keep Love in his rear mirror for several laps.


However, a small but costly mistake on Lap 6 saw Danial leave too much room for Love, allowing the Aussie to mount a challenge for the race lead.


A thrilling duel in the final sequence of turns on Lap 6 by the pair saw Love capitalise on his momentum to reclaim the race lead from Danial with three laps to go in the race.


The young Australian was better able to take advantage of his pace enabling him to pull out a gap at the front through to the chequered flag for his first race win of the season.


Meanwhile, behind to dueling duo at the front, there was another battle royale between Kiwi Faine Kahia and Presley Martono (INA, Car #32) in the first half of the race.


However, an error by Martono on the final corner on Lap 6 allowed Faine Kahia to pull away, who eventually finished in a comfortable third place.


Finishing just outside of the podium in P4 after recovering from a poor start was Malaysian Nazim Azman. In fifth place and claiming the Rookie champion was India’s Muhammad Nalwalla (IND, Car #46).





- Formula 4 South East Asia Championship  photo Aaron Thompson (AsianAutosportAction)

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