Isyraf Danish Mohd Ghazali was the only Malaysian to be crowned event champion in the inaugural FIA Formula 4 Southeast Asia Championship, and it was his goal to win the second season. The popular driver fulfilled his dream of racing alongside F1 at the final F1 Grand Prix of Malaysia in 2017 before going on to drive with Formula Masters Asia. 19-year-old Isyraf was a guest racer during the penultimate event of the F4 SEA 2019 championship.
It has been an action-packed season so far but the best is yet to come as the FIA Formula 4 SEA (F4 SEA) Championship fueled by Petron will conclude with a grand finale, featuring the last two rounds at the Sepang Circuit, in November and December.Event 9 and Event 10, with four races each on Nov 22-24 and Dec 13-15, will bring the curtains down on a world record-breaking season of 40 races. No other F4 Championship to date has featured as many races in a single season.
Formula 4 SEA – fuelled by Petron – 29 September 2019 Elias Seppanen had a truly fantastic weekend here at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, supporting the Malaysian Championship Series from the 27-29 September.The Finn won three out of four races of the eighth event in the 10-event 40-race 2019 F4 SEA Championship, putting himself in first overall in the weekend ahead of the Malaysian Rocket Muizz Musyaffa.
Race 32 put Elias Seppanen back on pole. The Fiery Finn lined up alongside the man who would be his main competition for the championship, Lucca Allen. Seppanen got away well, with Allen hot on his heels while Muizz Musyaffa blocked out the rest of the grid.
Race 31 was back to a standing start and it was a welcome sight to see the pack lined up under the red lights on Sunday morning. Sneha Sharma was on pole in her purple number 9, with the entire grid on slicks in damp conditions.
Race 30 was a rolling start again, continuing the trend from the morning race, but this time with a reverse grid and newcomer John Dizon on pole! John led the pack down into the first corner for the Philippines while Muizz blocked out Elias. Simultaneously Fred and Nico went either side of Sneha squeezing her out while Lucca went all the way around the outside into fourth and Muizz pinched a spot through T2.
Race 29 saw a slight change to the start procedure with the circuit opting for a rolling start after a small issue with the starting lights. The Fiery Finn wasn’t about to let that ruin his day and put his foot to the floor coming out of turn 15, with the sizzling Irishman hot on his heels.
A Chilean karter, Nino Pino started to test with F4 SEA in April 2019, on a planned career progression to F1. With backing from corporate Chile, Nico participate in Round 8 of the 2019 championship, however had to return to Chile to complete his education and was not able to participate in the final two events of F4 SEA as planned. Nico is a serious and focused potential championship-winning driver.
18-year-old Sohil Shah hails from Mumbai India and has been a car lover since childhood and a racing enthusiast since his teenage days. His karting career commenced in June 2017 when he participated in a Rotax Karting championship, winning sixteen Racing Trophies and Four Championship Trophies since April 2018. During 2019 Sohil made the transition to formula racing with his participation in the F4 South East Asia Championship where he showed his talent.
Formula 4 SEA – fueled by Petron – 23 September 2019: The eighth event in the 10-event 40-race Formula 4 South East Asia Championship is licensed to thrill, with several new drivers expected to join the championship leaders.We saw some fantastic racing last month with France coming out on top as Hadrian David took the laurels. But the Frenchman faced stiff competition from Muizz Musyaffa, whose return to form in the second race saw him setting the fastest lap and challenging for the race lead.
John T Dizon is 15-year-old Filipino racer, having started racing in 2014. He finished 2nd place in September 2019 at the Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC) at the Clark International Speedway Kart Track (CKT). Supported by Buzz Corporation, Kart Plaza Manufacturing Corp, MD Consultancy Services, MD Design Studio, Obengers, Pink Penguin Ph, RZQ, and VIP Suite, John was able to contest one round of the 2019 Formula 4 SEA Championship.
Formula 4 SEA – fuelled by Petron – 25 August 2019 A fantastic weekend at the Sepang International Circuit saw the F4 racers put on a display the likes we have come to expect for Formula 4. The 10-event 40-race championship stopped off at the Home of Malaysian Motorsport for the seventh event in the season and it was something to watch.
A fantastic start saw 3 red streaks on our screen as Hadrian, Josh and Elias sped around turn 1 at the Sepang International Circuit for the 28th race! The procession filed through the first sequence of corners, with all of us wondering who would be the first to make a move.
It was a wet morning for race 27 here in the Sepang International Circuit. The reverse grid put Sharma on pole ahead of Thompson and Shoji. The Irishman went around the outside of Sneha through turn 1 as Hadrian and Shihab went three wide with Fred, who had found his way into third. The Frenchman took the outside line through the corner and for a second it looked like he didn’t carry enough speed, but then he dived up the inside of T2 and surged into third, with Fred in fourth and Shihab a close fifth.
Hadrian wins race 26 despite intense competition from the Malaysian rocket, who sets the fastest lap!
With the reverse grid in race 26 we were set for some action-packed racing. Sneha Sharma started on pole, with Muhammad Ibrahim and Frederico Peters just behind her. The trio raced through the first sector of the track with the Portuguese rookie managing to find his way to the front!
Hadrian David led us down into turn 1 of race 25, the Frenchman keeping Josh and Elias behind him through the first sector. However, some contact between Elias and Josh allowed Lucca to find his way into third at the fourth corner. It wouldn’t stay that way for long, because the battle for third position was fierce.
Fredrico Peters is a Portugese karter, and up-and-coming motorsport professional, backed by his father. A passionate motorsport fan, Fred participate in 4 events of the 2019 F4 SEA championship as his first transition from karting. His focus and professionalism will ensure that he will be a great championship title winner in 2020.
With experience in coaching young karters throughout Asia, Irishman Luke Thompson himself enjoys karting and racing as a hobby and has contested one-off events in Formula BMW Asia as well as the F4 SEA Championship with a second-place finish at the penultimate event of 2019. Currently working as team manager with Hitech.GP Formula 3 Asia and W-Series teams, 21-year-old Luke hopes to pursue a career in motorsport management.
Yuma Shoji from Japan joined the F4 SEA Championship for one event in 2019, having contested a number of F4 events in Japan. With limited testing, Yuma participated in four races and showed professionalism and focus throughout.
Formula 4 SEA – fueled by Petron – 6 August 2019: The Malaysian tag team of Yoong and Musyaffa spoke strongly today about returning to glory at the seventh event, figuring their home advantage would give them the boost they need to top the podium.“I am very excited to return home to Malaysia. Racing is my passion; it’s my life! And to win at home, I couldn’t ask for anything more and I hope to do everyone proud!” exclaimed Malaysian F4 winner Muizz Musyaffa.