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 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.
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!
Event six in the ten-event Formula 4 South East Asia Championship has come to a close here at the Madras Motor Race Track. It was another weekend of action-packed racing, with the top six drivers very equally matched. But the entire reason we watch these young athletes compete is to see who comes out on top of the leader boards, so with that in mind let’s run down the event standings and review races twenty three and twenty four.
Allen returned to pole position for the third and final time this weekend at the Madras Motor Race Track for race twenty-four of the season. The sizzling Irishman determined to repeat his performance in the last outing. But he had strong competition in the form of Shihab al Habsi and Elias Seppanen. The Omani would start second on the grid with Elias P3, although it wouldn’t stay that way for long!
In perhaps the most action-packed race so far here at the Madras Motor Race Track, Sneha Sharma started on pole. The Indian driver alongside Yash Aradhya for a team India front row in race twenty-three of the season.Yash got away well to pull alongside Sneha at the start. But India’s leading lady closed the door through turn one, pushing Aradhya onto the grass and opening the field for Muizz Musyaffa and Lucca Allen to go all the way around the outside into second and third while Shihab Al Habsi took Alister, both sandwiched behind Aradhya.
The fifth event in the 10 event 40 race 2019 Formula 4 south East Asia Championship came to a close with Elias Seppanen winning the final race and the weekend. He just beat out Shihab Al Habsi for the top spot, winning three races and dominating the event.
Sneha was on pole in the third race, alongside rookie Muhammad Ibrahim. But the star of the show was Elias who danced past into first by the third corner with Shihab hot on his heels just before the safety car was deployed to recover a beached car at turn three.
Sneha Sharma got a strong start from second on the grid, peaking at the leader, but Alister did one better. The Malaysia blew past into first through the first corner with the mass of cars blocking out the rest of the grid through turn two and three.
MADRAS (9th July 2019) – After four closely-contested rounds, the expectations are running sky high this week as the FIA Formula 4 Championship – fueled by Petron – reaches its halfway mark. Adding to the suspense and anticipation is the fact that this F4 SEA Championship will be making its debut at the Madras Motor Sport Circuit here.
In today’s fourth and final race, Allen blazed away to the title, completing the 11-laps in a time of 20 minutes 59.814s. Smith was second with Seppanen completing the podium in third. Smith’s time of 21:03.404 left him 3.590 seconds behind the winner. Seppanen, who also had one win so far this season, ended his campaign in a time of 21:03.871.
After missing out on the first two races of the Formula 4 SEA Championship - fueled by Petron - here at the Buriram International Circuit, Omani driver Shihab Al Habsi’s determination and tenacity paid off when he won the third race today.Starting from sixth on the grid, Shihab was a driver on a mission today. After 12 laps, which he completed in 21 minutes 05.783 seconds, Shihab found himself at the top of the podium.
In Race 2 staged earlier today, Smith fought off a mighty challenge from Muizz to secure a slim win, crossing the finish 0.344 seconds ahead of this rival.Smith took 21:05.886s to finish the 12-lap race with Muizz clocking 21:06.230. Seppanen was third while Ananthorn was fourth. Shihab, Ali and Alister were next on the list with India's Sneha and Yash taking up the eighth and ninth spots.
BURIRAM (14th June 2019) – Lucca Allen and Shihab Al Habsi tried everything they could to outdo each other in the first race of Round 4 of the Formula 4 SEA Championship – fueled by Petron – at the Buriram International Circuit today. In the end though, it was Irish ace Allen who prevailed in the thriller of a race and claimed his fifth victory of the season.
BURIRAM, Thailand (12th May 2019) - Irish driver Lucca Allen reeled in a stunning victory after a massive battle with Finland's Elias Seppanen in Race 4 of the FIA Formula 4 SEA Championship at the Buriram International Circuit this morning.It was Allen's second win here this weekend and his fourth for the season. Allen, winner of two races in Round 2 in Sepang last month, topped the podium in Race 2 yesterday.
Buriram, Thailand (11 MAY) - Shihab Al Habsi was all smiles as he stepped out of his car after winning Race 3 of the FIA Formula 4 SEA Championship - fueled by Petron - at the Buriram International Circuit this evening.Third on the grid, behind Sneha Sharma and local driver Folky Wongsechareon, Shihab took his chances wisely to snatch the early lead.
BURIRAM, 9 May – Malaysian drivers Alister Yoong and Muizz Musyaffa, after delivering decent performances in the first two rounds, are strong contenders in Round 3 of the FIA Formula 4 SEA Championship – fueled by Petron - which gets underway in Buriram Circuit, Thailand this weekend.