Malaysians Duel for Gold in Sepang

Malaysians Duel for Gold in Sepang

03.02.2018: Formula 4 South East Asia, fueled by Petron, kicked off the fourth instalment of the 2017-18 Championship at the ultra-modern Sepang International Circuit, supporting the Asian Le Mans Series

Formula 4 South East Asia, fueled by Petron, kicked off the fourth instalment of the 2017-18 Championship at the ultra-modern Sepang International Circuit, supporting the Asian Le Mans Series.


Under the supervision of the team’s engineers and coaches, the13 drivers began their weekend by getting acquainted with the carbon-composite F4 race cars they will be using in their battle for victory. Friday commenced with testing followed by free practice, qualifying and races 1-3 were held on Saturday, with the final three races taking place on Sunday.
 



Testing & Free Practice



Harnessing the raw power of the F4 SEA cars for the first time were rookies Akid Azlee, Muizz Musyaffar, and Alister Yoong – son of Malaysia’s first F1 driver, and former MERITUS GP2 Asia driver Alex Yoong. The Malaysian trio were given an in-depth briefing and track walk by professional racing drivers and coaches Sandy Nicholas Stuvik and Faisal Asri.



Ong Chee Ming of Brunei, Colombo-native Liam Lawrence, Taiwan’s Benson Lin, Perth-native Aaron Love and Okinawan Hibiki Taira joined the Malaysians on their tour of the track, alongside returning favourites Kane Shepherd, Daniel Cao, Eshan Pieris, Adam Khalid and Ugo De Wilde.



Working with the data engineers and driver coaches the drivers spent the three 45-minute Friday test sessions getting ready for free practice where Eshan would eventually take the top spot in qualifying. Cao and Malaysia’s Adam Khalid settled for second and third respectively.
 



#    No    Name    Fastest


1    30    Eshan Pieris (SRI)    2:14.181
2    55    Danial Cao (CHN)    2:14.293
3    95    Adam Khalid (MAS)    2:14.431
4    78    Aaron Love (AUS)    2:14.554
5    3    Kane Shepherd (THA)    2:14.904
6    1    Hibiki Taira (JPN)    2:15.130
7    16    Benson Lin (TPE)    2:15.359
8    27    Ugo de Wilde (BEL)    2:16.729
9    29    Mitchell Cheah (MAS)    2:16.733
10    23    Muizz Musyaffar (MAS)    2:16.816
11    99    Liam Lawrence (SRI)    2:17.196
12    45    Luke Thompson (IRL)    2:17.401
13    2

2    Alister Yoong (MAS)    2:17.476





Qualifying




Thereafter in qualifying, the field headed out to clock their best times for the premier race of the event. Benson Lin of Taiwan spun going into Turn 6, but took it all in his stride.



It was none other than Eshan Pieris who took pole position in 2:13.271 for the first race of Event 4, having hovered close to the top for most of the stint.



The second fastest time belonged to Kane Shepherd of Thailand with 2:13.514. While the Thai had been exhibiting an amazing display of driving prowess, he could not pip the speedy Sri Lankan.



Thereafter, it was Aaron Love, Hibiki Taira and Ugo De Wilde who crossed the line in 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.



Daniel Cao settled in behind the Belgian after defending his position fiercely from Terengganu-born Adam Khalid.
 


#    No    Name    Fastest    2nd Fastest



1    30    Eshan Pieris (SRI)    2:13.271    2:13.379
2    3    Kane Shepherd (THA)    2:13.514    2:13.518
3    78    Aaron Love (AUS)    2:13.529    2:13.623
4    1    Hibiki Taira (JPN)    2:13.615    2:13.886
5    27    Ugo de Wilde (BEL)    2:13.947    2:14.011
6    55    Danial Cao (CHN)    2:13.990    2:14.005
7    95    Adam Khalid (MAS)    2:14.153    2:14.194
8    29    Mitchell Cheah (MAS)    2:14.217    2:14.324
9    16    Benson Lin (TPE)    2:14.984    2:15.973
10    23    Muizz Musyaffar (MAS)    2:15.270    2:15.742
11    22    Alister Yoong (MAS)    2:15.327    2:16.033
12    99    Liam Lawrence (SRI)    2:17.164    2:17.217
13    42    Luke Thompson (IRL)    2:18.339    2:18.588



- Aaron Thompson - also photos

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