Ghiretti set to Defend from Thailand’s Shepherd on Home Soil

Ghiretti set to Defend from Thailand’s Shepherd on Home Soil

24.10.2018: Formula 4 South East Asia (F4 SEA) – fueled by Petron – 23rd October 2018: F4 SEA will be resurrecting the six-race weekend of years gone by from the 26-28 October at the Buriram International Circuit in Thailand.

Formula 4 South East Asia (F4 SEA) – fueled by Petron – 23rd October 2018:  F4 SEA will be resurrecting the six-race weekend of years gone by from the 26-28 October at the Buriram International Circuit in Thailand.



 The championship’s calendar originally saw events five and six back-to-back on the 19-21 Oct and 26-28 October, however the organizer of the fifth round had to cancel the weekend. Now events five and six will be run concurrently for a special six-race weekend of action alongside the well-known Thailand Super Series (TSS), on the 26-28 October.



•    Rounds five and six return to six-race format together with TSS on 26-28 October


•    2017 Rookie Champ Thailand’s Kane Shepherd racing on home soil


•    Fight for the championship between Ghiretti and Shepherd


•    Six-Race Weekend livestreamed from Buriram International Circuit




After an epic conclusion to the 2018 F4 tour of India, Frenchman Alessandro Ghiretti surged into the championship lead, taking it away from Thailand’s Kane Shepherd, who had led from event one in Malaysia.




But Events five and six are on Shepherd’s home soil, so he has the advantage coming into the next rounds. Having raced in Buriram with F4 twice already, Kane will be breaking out all the moves to regain the lead in the championship.
 


Last year we saw newcomer Ugo De Wilde win his first F4 SEA event in Thailand. The French driver put on a stunning performance in front of the thousands strong Thai crow for children’s day.



We’ll never forget his double overtake from third to first at the third corner of the last lap and we’re proud to say that since then Ugo has moved on to F4 France where he finished second overall this year.
 


Kane Shepherd was at that event as well, the second time he had raced in Buriram with MERITUS and F4. The Thai driver finished fourth overall that weekend, and he was atop the rookie podium.




 Thailand may have been denied a champion on home soil last year, but their Shepherd is back to take the overall championship this year, so he has Ghiretti in his sights. The cool and collected driver is sure to make use of all the race-craft he learned from 2016 and 2017 to answer the Frenchman’s winning streak in India.
 


Alessandro Ghiretti is not one to give up easily though and will make Kane work for it! The Tour of India winner spoke to us about researching the track and mapping out his line during the interval. Adding that he was going to work on his mental and physical fitness to keep Kane in his rear-view mirror.
 


But as always with F4 SEA its anyone’s battle, so be sure to tune in to watch the races live on https://www.facebook.com/Formula4SEA and we hope you will enjoy the thrills and spills that F4 is known for.




- Aaron Thompson - photos F4SEA

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