August 09, 2016 @ 06:15 PM

What happened when the Ferraris took over Sepang?

Wyatt and Wang cruises to victory while Ji gets victory taken away from him due to a drive-through penalty!

Round 4 of the Ferrari Challenge happened at the Sepang International Circuit over the weekend. 31 drivers of 13 countries lined up for the challenge to take on the 5.5km circuit. The race was broken down into three main events, the Trofeo Pirelli, the Pirelli AM and the Coppa Shell.

In the Trofeo Pirelli, Aussie driver Steve Wyatt once again jumped on the top step of the podium in Race 1. Wyatt took pole position during qualifying and the pole sitter had to work hard to fend off Swedish driver Alexander West the entire race. Florean Merckx from Belgium rounds off the top three finishers of Race 1.

Wyatt repeated his Race 1 performance when it came to Race 2. The Aussie driver once again started on Pole and got into a lot of wheel to wheel action with Indonesian driver Renaldi Hutasoit at the start. But Wyatt managed to shake off Hutasoit and cruised to his second win of the day. Hutasoit meanwhile was left behind into the clutches of third place man David Tjiptobiantoro.

With this win in the bag, Wyatt has extended his championship lead standings over Hutasoit and Merckx, the latter having started at the back of the grid due to a penalty and fought his way back to a distant fourth in Race 2.

Meanwhile in the Pirelli Am category, Xin Ji reigned supreme the entire weekend over his compatriot and closest competitor Huilin Han. Ji took the top step of the podium in Race 1 but was handed a drive through penalty lost the lead in Race 2 to Han who went on to win the race. Eric Cheung from Canada also took advantage of Ji’s penalty and forged ahead of the Chinese driver to take second place and left Ji to finish third.

In the Coppa Shell category saw Liang Wang from China cruising to both victories in Race 1 and Race 2. In Race 1, Japanese driver Makoto Fujiwara followed Wang to a close second place while Yuan Yang from China took the third spot of the podium. The Gentlemen Cup went to Japanese driver Tamotsu Kondo who finished fourth.

Ken Seto from Japan took second place in Race 2 of the Coppa Shell category while Hong Kong driver Sam Lok occupied the final spot on the podium. Both Seto and Lok managed to catch Wang in the closing stages of the race but could not find a way pass the Chinese driver. Meanwhile, Paul Montague from Australia took home the Gentlemen’s Cup in Race 2.

Round 5 of the Ferrari Challenge will happen in Singapore as part of the support race of the Formula Grand Prix happening from the 16th to 18th of September 2016.

Jerrica Leong 


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