Frost triumphant on final F4 SEA day at Sepang

Frost triumphant on final F4 SEA day at Sepang

10.12.2016: Formula 4 South East Asia (F4/SEA) Championship Sepang International Circuit Event 4 day 3 - Saturday, December 10th

Formula 4 South East Asia (F4/SEA) Championship
Sepang International Circuit
Event 4 day 3 - Saturday, December 10th  2016





The final day of the fourth event in the inaugural season of the Formula 4 South East Asia (F4/SEA) Championship – certified by FIA witnessed the drivers compete in the sixth and final scheduled race on Saturday morning.


The day’s honours belonged to Singapore’s Danial Frost (SIN, Car #66) who claimed an impressive win in the morning’s final Race 6. The win came at the expense of Australian Jordan Love (AUS, Car #79) who had set out to claim another victory for a clean sweep.



The Aussie ace instead had to settle for second, ahead of India’s Akash Gowda (IND, Car #33), who just edged out Kiwi Faine Kahia (NZL, Car #55), who finished fourth.



Meanwhile, a fifth place finish by Indonesian rookie Presley Martono (INA, Car #32) was enough for the youngster to also take the rookie win for the race.



Local hopeful Isyraf Danish (MAS, Car #19) finished sixth as the best-placed Malaysian finisher, ahead of India’s Mohamed Nalwalla (IND, Car #46).



With five race wins and one second place finish, Love also walked away from the weekend with the Fuji Xerox Star Driver award for the F4/SEA Event 4. In second place overall was Frost with Martono in third overall for the weekend.






Race 6 (Dry - 9.30a.m, 8 Laps)



 
Despite the overnight torrential downpour, the sixth and final race of the weekend was declared dry enough by race officials for the drivers to run on slick tyres. With the grid positions determined from the finishing positions from the previous race, there would be the added twist of the top half of the grid reversed.



As such, starting from pole was Singapore’s Frost with Gowda accompanying him on the front row from P2. The second row of the grid saw Martono and Kahia lined up in P3 and P4, respectively, while Love had it all to do from P5 with Isyraf Danish in P6.



A strong start by Frost saw the youngster hold on to his lead from Gowda into the first corner. An even better start by Love from fifth on the grid saw the Aussie ace move up into third position by the end of the opening lap. From that point it was a three-way fight for the lead between Frost, Gowda and Love.




That quickly changed when Love took second away from Gowda, as the young Aussie began hunting down Frost. Though the Indian did not relent in his pursuit to regain the position, he too would become embroiled in a scrap of his own to defend third place from a charging Kahia.



At the front, an enthralling duel was on the cards when Love began to close in on Frost. Despite several attempts to overtake Frost, including a hairy moment in the run on the main straight, the Singaporean was able to hold on to his nerve to defend his lead of the race.



That moment would also temporarily bring Gowda back into the fight, but it did not last for long as the two ahead of him began opening up a gap to him. That left Gowda with the task of maintaining his track position from Kahia.



With Martono enjoying a quiet race in fifth, behind him tensions were also high with another interesting battle in mid-field between Oman’s Khalid Al-Wahaibi (OMN, Car #8), Malaysia’s Isyraf Danish and India’s Mohamed Nalwalla (IND, Car #46).



Back at the front, despite his best efforts, Love was not able to make a move on Frost who drove a superb race to claim the race victory, denying Love a clean sweep from the weekend.



Finishing third was Gowda, ahead of Kahia and Martono in fourth and fifth, respectively. In the battle for sixth, it was the Malaysian Isyraf Danish who prevailed over Nalwalla.




- Peter Thompson, photos F4 SEA

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10.12.2016 / MaP

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