2018 Formula 4 South East Asia Champions

2018 Formula 4 South East Asia Champions

07.12.2018: Formula 4 South East Asia (F4 SEA) – fuelled by Petron – 7th December 2018: The FIA F4SEA 2018 Champion Alessandro Ghiretti has refined and honed his race-craft during the 24-race season; his outstanding pace and gifted race talent advancing race-by-race

Formula 4 South East Asia (F4 SEA) – fuelled by Petron – 7th December 2018: The FIA F4SEA 2018 Champion Alessandro Ghiretti has refined and honed his race-craft during the 24-race season; his outstanding pace and gifted race talent advancing race-by-race with his confidence.




The Moroccan based French national has proven his champion-status by his ability to find his way through traffic, climbing many times from last (reverse grid) to 1st place.




For the final race his breath-taking climb from 14th to 2nd during tropical rain in the night race on the floodlit Sepang track lights – with Kane Shepherd and Muizz Musyaffa in tow - was nothing short of amazing. Alessandro proved his prowess in all weather conditions, time and time again, however the winner’s honours in the final race of the season went to newcomer Malthe Jakobsen (Denmark) who persevered through the wet night to take his first top step on an F4 podium.




Says Malthe Jakobsen “the last two weeks with F4SEA was really good for my career development and with the help of my family and sponsors I finally won my first F4 podium. I am so happy. We thank MERITUS.GP for the 9 test sessions and six races on the very special F1 Sepang track”




Formula 4 SEA has visited the Madras Circuit in India, Sepang Circuit in Malaysia and Buriram Circuit in Thailand. With the Grand Finals in Sepang last weekend, the 24-race series is now concluded, and we are very happy to confirm our 2018 Champions.





 
2018 Champions


 
1st    Alessandro Ghiretti    (France, 16 years old, Car #28) on 420 points,
2nd    Kane Shephard    (Thailand, 17 years old, Car #3) on 330 points.
3rd    Muizz Musyaffa    (Malaysia, 16 years old Car #23) on 282 points.



 
2018 Rookie Champions


 
1st    Alessandro Ghiretti    (France, 16 years old, Car #28) on 420 points.
2nd    Muizz Musysaffa    (Malaysia, 16 years old Car #23) on 282 points.
3rd    Antoine Potty    (Belgium, 16 years old Car #66) on 188 points.
4th    Ryo Komikado    (Japan, 21 years old, Car #46) on 160 points.




Alessandro comments ‘I am so happy, I worked very hard and pushed all the limits to win F4 and thanks to my family and the MERITUS.GP team I am now the champion. Now I have the chance to focus on the next step of my career and I look forward to the FIA Awards in Russia and to come back to Kuala Lumpur for the Meritus Awards Gala”





F4 SEA Champ, Ghiretti, Steps up to F3 Asia




The success of the Frenchman, who also won the FIA F4SEA Rookie Driver Award, has not gone unnoticed. He has already been picked up by Oli Oakes British Hitech.GP F3 team, the F3 Asia championship winners. Ghiretti set the F3 Asia pace during 3 test days in Sepang on the 26,27,28 November with Hitech’s F3 Asia Tatuus Alfa-powered race car.




Kane Shepherd is Vice champion



The F4SEA vice-champion and multiple race winner is Thailand's Kane Shepherd. Having earned the 2017 F4 SEA Rookie crown, Kane pushed Ghiretti to the limit! He is a brilliant runner-up in the championship as Thailand’s Shepherd proved yet again in the last event where the time between the two championship leaders was 2 thousandths of a second.




Team Malaysia is second Runner Up



Muizz Musyaffa, finishes third in the championship after a strong season. Musyaffa proved his ability regularly being the fastest man on the track but had a few thrills and spills throughout the championship which sometimes saw him just outside of the top three. But the team at MERITUS.GP think the youth has a bright future. His three race wins are surely a good first step in what we all hope is a competitive career.



Musyaffa’s team mate and comrade Alister Yoong, won his first race as a guest driver in India, and is of course the son of Malaysia’s F1 driver, Alex Yoong. The youth showed his hand again in Thailand and may be a competitor next year!






Looking to next year after a strong season




MERITUS team boss and F4 SEA organiser, Peter Thompson, is happy with the development of the championship over the year. Adding a new country to the roster and aligning the season format with European F4 championships has steadily built interest and Thompson is confident in better competition next year saying:




“The third season of F4SEA has firmly established the championship’s credentials with driver’s like Alessandro Ghiretti placing high in both F4 Asia and Europe. Towards the end of the championship the high level of competition between the drivers, fuelled by the one-make concept, has attracted promising newcomers like Denmark's Malthe Jakobsen, Oman’s Shihab Al Habsi from the French FFSA championship, British kart champion Louie Westover and other talented young racers from around the world.




 With that said we expect a large turnout next season where we hope to offer a ten event 40 race championship that may see the return of some fan favourites like Muizz Musysaffa who could be a serious contender for the title.




Thompson may be looking to the future of F4 and young driver development in Asia, but the season is not quite over yet. This weekend the F4 SEA 2017 and 2018 champions will attend the annual FIA awards and of course we still have the MERITUS Awards Gala to look forwards to so be sure to keep up to date with all the action on our Facebook page.




- Aaron Thompson - also photos

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07.12.2018 / MaP

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