Shepherd takes top spot, Muizz Malaysia's best finisher

Shepherd takes top spot, Muizz Malaysia's best finisher

13.04.2018: FIA Formula 4 Southeast Asia Championship fuelled by Petron Thailand’s Kane Shepherd powered his way from the second position on the grid to take the chequered flag in the opening round of Event 5 of the

FIA Formula 4 Southeast Asia Championship fuelled by Petron



Thailand’s Kane Shepherd powered his way from the second position on the grid to take the chequered flag in the opening round of Event 5 of the FIA Formula 4 Southeast Asia Championship fuelled by Petron held at the Sepang International Circuit here today.
 


Muizz Musyaffa, who started third on the grid, emerged as Malaysia’s best finisher but missed the podium after completing the 9-lap race in fourth position with a time of 23mins 46.733s.



 The 16-year old Muizz, whose best results was sixth in Event 4 in Sepang, was third fastest in the qualifying 2:13.512s but lost out to France’s Allesandro Ghiretti in the fight for the third spot.
 


Local favourite Nazim Azman finished 6th with a time of 23:49.141s after starting from 8th position on the grid, followed by compatriot Isyraf Danish on the 7th spot (23:49.277).
 


 Leading contender Danial Cao of China took pole position after clocking in the fastest time of 2:13.430s in the qualifying, but it was 17 year-old Shephered who found himself top on the podium after taking over the lead at turn one soon after the start of the slightly wet race.


 
Shephered took top spot with a time of 23:37.764s while overall leader Cao, who had so far notched eight first placed wins after four events, had to be satisfied with the close second after clocking finishing 0.363s behind the Thai.
 


“I’m extremely happy with the outcome of the race today. Obviously, I’m very happy with the current situation and it was quite fun as well especially racing here in Sepang,” said the elated Shepherd after the race.
 


Meanwhile, Muizz, 16, was satisfied with the outcome of today’s race, saying that he aims strive hard to improve his performance and eventually be on the podium at the end of the week.
 


“It’s quite hard as I have to fend off a lot of attacks. Overall, it was good race and I hope to better my performance in the next two days,” said Muizz after the race.
 


The action continues with Race 2 and Race 3 tomorrow (Saturday, 14 April) with Race 4, 5 and 6 slated for Sunday.
 


 
RESULTS:  EVENT 5 - Race 1

 
1. Kane Shepherd (THA) - 23:37.764
 
2. Daniel Cao (CHN) - 23:38.127
 
3. Alessandro Ghiretti (FRA) - 23:46.454
 
4. Muizz Musyaffa (MAS) - 23:46.733 (photo captions)
 
5. Hibiki Taira (JPN) - 23:47.191
 
6. Nazim Azman (MAS) - 23:49.141
 
7. Isyraf Danish (MAS) - 23:49.277
 
8. Luke Thompson (IRL) - 23:51.759
 
9. Arsh Johany (MAS) - 24:01.544
 
10. Presley Martono (INA) - 24:28.921
 
11. Armand Johany (MAS) - 24:48.469
 



- Abdul Rahman -  photo F4SEA

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