F4SEA Sepang: Jordan Love and Danial Frost share honours on Day 2

F4SEA Sepang: Jordan Love and Danial Frost share honours on Day 2

07.08.2016: The second day of proceedings at the first event of the brand new Formula 4 South

 



The second day of proceedings at the first event of the brand new Formula 4 South East Asia (F4SEA) Championship – certified by FIA commenced with two more races for the young drivers in the championship on Saturday.


After claiming his first win of the season on Friday, the 8-lap Race 2 belonged to Australian Jordan Love (AUS, Car #79) who went on to secure his second consecutive race win with an emphatic performance.


The Rookie winner in Race 2 went to Malaysian Isyraf Danish (MAS, Car #19) courtesy of his fifth place finish in the race. With the starting grids reversed for the top five finishers from Race 2, the Malaysian rookie also claimed his first ever pole position start in a formula-racing category.


 The incident-filled afternoon Race 3 saw the honours go to Singaporean Danial Frost who secured his maiden F4SEA race win with Indonesian Presley Martono (INA, Car #32) claiming the Rookie win.

 

 

Race 2 (10:00hrs)



Having secured a hard-fought win in Race 1 on Friday, Race 2 on Saturday morning saw a determined Jordan Love out ensure a better start off the line to stay ahead of the field, and more importantly, keeping Danial Frost (SIN, Car #66) behind him.


The strategy paid off for the Aussie ace with a clean start ahead of Danial, Presley Martono (INA, Car #32) and Faine Kahia (NZL, Car #55).


Through his incredible pace in the second and third sectors, Love was already able to pull out a healthy gap to Danial midway through the opening lap, extending the lead to over a second by the following lap.


Though Danial was able to record similar lap times to Love, the Australian’s quick succession of laps in the early part of the race was enough to ensure a comfortable gap to the Singaporean youngster through to the finish line.


Meanwhile, a good start by Indonesian Presley Martono did see him gain a position on New Zealand’s Faine Kahia who had to battle for the position on the opening lap.


The young Indonesian driver would however suffer an unfortunate spin that allowed Kahia to regain third place. Behind the leading trio, there were exciting battles involving India’s Muhammad Nalwalla (IND, Car #46) and Akash Gowda (IND, Car #33) together with Malaysian youngster Isyraf Danish.


Their on-track battle would prove a noteworthy one, especially with the reverse-grid positions for the next race.


Though Nalwalla crossed the finish line ahead of Gowda and Isyraf, a post-race stewards inquiry into a starting procedure infringement led to Nalwalla being given a penalty. This meant the Rookie winner for the race was awarded to Isyraf.


 



Race 3 (16:30hrs)


With the grid reversed for the top-five drivers’ results from the previous race, pole position went to Isyraf, ahead of Gowda. Kahia, Danial and Love in third, fourth and fifth on the starting grid, respectively.


An unfortunate starting procedure mistake saw the pole-sitter Isyraf fall down the order, gifting the lead of the race to Gowda who managed a great start to successfully fend off the challenge from Love, Kahia and Danial to hold on to a slim lead into the first few corners.


After storming through the field from fifth on the grid, the first to threaten Gowda’s lead was Love. Capitalising on his quicker pace and experience, it did not take long before the young Aussie made his move, overtaking Gowda on the final corner for the race lead.


Demoted to second, the Gowda was then faced by increasing pressure from Kahia and Danial, allowing Jordan the space to pull out a gap to the rest of the field.



Unfortunately, the race leader would not have a comfortable race when a mechanical failure saw him pull to the side of the track ending his race prematurely at the start of Lap 5.


The race then took another turn when an incident between pole-sitter Isyraf and Muhammad Nalwalla brought out a safety car period for three laps.


The resumption of the race provided more action with Gowda and Kahia engaged in a duel for second position behind Danial Frost who inherited the lead following Love’s retirement.


The battle would see Kahia claim second place with Gowda in third, his first F4SEA podium finish. Fourth place went to Indonesia’s Presley Martono who also collected the Rookie winner trophy.





Driver Comments:


Jordan Love (AUS Car #79), Race Winner Race 2, DNF Race 3:



“I am really glad that I had a much better start compared to yesterday. I was able to pull away cleanly from Danial, and made sure I had the quicker pace especially going into the first sequence of corners.


 From that point on, my sole focus was on maintaining the pace and making sure I had a good gap to the rest of the field. An unfortunate end for me in Race 3 as I suffered a mechanical failure.


This is racing, but this only motivates me to focus on the coming races. ”



Danial Frost (SIN, Car # 66), P2 Race 2, Winner Race 3:

“This time Jordan (Love) had a much better start compared to me in Race 2. I did try to overtake him by going on the outside on Turn 1 but he was way too quick.


But, to come away with another podium is great and I am confident, as I know I have a similar pace to Jordan. Race 3 was really fantastic, considering that I did not have such a great start.


It was such a great experience for me to win. Unlucky for Jordan to have had a technical issue but a great opportunity to beat the rest of the field.


 I had a lot of good fights but I am really happy with this win, which has really motivating me for tomorrow’s races. ”



Faine Kahia (NZL, Car #55), P3 Race 2, P2 Race 3:



“I definitely had a better start in Race 2 compared to yesterday, although it is still in my opinion a bit below average. It was really hard as Presley (Martono) also had a good start and managed to jump me.


I followed him but then he had an incident and I was able to take third place back. Pace-wise, I was happy with it as I did manage to close the gap to Danial (Frost) but I started making small mistakes here and there, so I decided to just manage the race to the end.


I had a much better start in Race 3 but I was also able to gain from somebody else’s misfortune to gain several positions. I had a few good battles and there were a lot of incidents, which led to the safety car period.


That meant an interesting battle for position with Akash (Gowda) who took me at the restart. But I was able to retake the position and take second place.”



Akash Gowda (IND, Car # 33), P3 Race 3:



“It was quite an exciting race, starting from second and taking the lead of the race early on. I tried to defend my position but Jordan (Love) was really quick and I unfortunately lost the lead.


I could have taken second at the end as I made a mistake, so I had to settle for third. Good experience for me with a lot of things for me to work on to improve.”



Isyraf Danish (MAS, Car # 19), Rookie Winner, Race 2:


“I am really happy with this result! It’s an unbelievable feeling to get the Rookie winners trophy. It was a tough fight with Keanon (Santoso, INA, Car #88), Muhammad (Nalwalla) and Akash (Gowda).


 After a while, I managed to get to grips with the pace and was catching Keanon. On the final lap, I got my chance going into Turn 9 and managed to overtake him.


This has really given me the confidence to push for the next race, especially starting from pole!”




Presley Martono (INA, Car #32), Rookie Winner, Race 3:


“I had a really good start in Race 3 from ninth and managed to get up to fifth by the first set of corners. But I just did not have any pace to compete with the guys at the front.


It is my best result so far, but I know that I can do so much better, so I have to focus and concentrate on areas where I can make improvements.”





Peter Thompson, Chairman Triple A:


“Both races were very different today, particularly with a lot of excitement in Race 3 as we had a safety car.


Overall it was a huge success as we did not have any incidents and the drivers were all very professional and that bodes well moving forward.”



Firhat Mokhzani, Managing Director Triple A:


”Fantastic racing again today! Race 2 was really intense because it was quite tight between Danial and Jordan with both lapping with similar lap times, sharing the fastest laps of the race between them.


Race 3 provided a lot of drama, as expected with the reverse grid format and there were non-stop incidents from start to finish on virtually on every lap.


Congratulations to Danial for scoring his first ever F4SEA race win and we can expect the racing to be as fierce if not more tomorrow as the drivers continue to gain more experience.”
 



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