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Official Magazine of the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship


Presley Martono

MERITUS
Faine Kahia

Awards Gala
2016
Akash Godwa

Sepang International Circuit


22nd January 2017
2 Table of contents

Table of 1
Presley

Contents
Martono

03 MAG Schedule
Sunday 22nd January 2017, 1900 - Guests Arrival and registration...

04 MERITUS Awards Gala 2016


Monday, 22 January 2017 – After 36 races and six events, the Form...

12 Development of Malaysian...
Interview with Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar Tunku Mustapha Chairman...

3 14 MAG Award Recipients


2
MAG Schedule
Sunday 22nd January... 1. Danial N. Frost MAG Nasional Rising Star Award Singapore ...

16 F4SEA 2016 Standing


1. Presley Martono #32 Indonesia Meritus.GP 565. 2. Faine Kahia...
Faine
18 F4SEA 2016 Points Breakdo... Kahia
The F4SEA Championship positions are based on the best 30 driver...

20 F4SEA Entry List


Amongst the large pool of young aspiring go-karters from the regio...

4 Meritus Awards Gala


2016 22 Drivers Bio
The third event in the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship got...

42 Event 6 Report
After completing five events in its inaugural season, the sixth and...

44 Event 6 - FP &Qualifying
Free Practice & Qualifying (Dry) - With the drivers' day commencing...

46 Event 6 - Race 1 Highlights


12 MAG Award Recipients Race 1 (10 Laps, Dry) - With the main championship protagonists in...

3
2016
48 Event 6 - Race 2 Highlights
Race 2 (Dry, 8 Laps) - After a short turnaround, the drivers were back...

50 Event 6 - Race 3 Highlights


Race 3 (8-Laps, Dry) - With the grid positions determined by the...
Akash
52 Event 6 - Race 4 Highlights Gowda
Race 4 (10-Laps, Dry) - The drivers’ second fastest lap time in...

54 Event 6 - Race 5 Highlights


58 What is F4
Launched in 2014, FIA Fo...
Race 5 (8 Laps, Dry) - An early start for penultimate race of the...

56 Event 6 - Race 6 Highlight


Race 6 (Dry, 8 Laps, top 50% reversed) With the grid positions...

05 15 11 09 06 20 22 58 What is F4
Launched in 2014, FIA Formula 4 has been created to offer young...
Event 1 Event 2 Event 3 Event 4 Event 5 Event 6

62 F4SEA 2016 Calendar


Sepang, Malaysia Clark, Philippines Sentul, Indonesia Sepang, Malaysia Buriram, Thailand Sepang, Malaysia

MERITUS
Award Gala
Sepang, Malaysia
In its inaugural season, the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship...

62 2016 Calendar
In its inaugural season...
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Event Schedule
Sunday 22nd January 2017
1915 1940 Guests Arrival and registration
1945 2000 Arrival of dignitaries
2000 2015 VIP arrivals
2023 2030 Welcome remarks Speech by Mr. Peter Thompson, Chairman, Triple A
2030 2045 MERITUS Awards Gala Intro & Event Champions Video: National Rising Star Awards
MAG National Rising Star Singapore: Danial Frost
MAG National Rising Star Oman: Khalid Al-Wahaibi
MAG National Rising Star New Zealand: Faine Kahia
Intermission
2112 Event Champions Video: National Rising Star Awards commence
2030 MAG National Rising Star Indonesia: Presley Martono
MAG National Rising Star India: Akash Gowda
MAG National Rising Star Malaysia: Isyraf Danish

MERITUS Awards Gala Formula 4SEA Rookie Champion


MAG F4/SEA Rookie Champion: Presley Martono (Indonesia, 717 points)
MAG F4/SEA Rookie 2nd Place: Isyraf Danish (Malaysia, 486 points)
MAG F4/SEA Rookie 3rd Place: Khalid Al-Wahaibi (Oman, 434 points)

MERITUS Awards Gala Formula 4 SEA Overall Awards (Top three)


MAG F4/SEA Overall Champion: Presley Martono (Indonesia, 565 points)
MAG F4/SEA Overall 2nd Place: Faine Kahia (New Zealand, 563 points)
MAG F4/SEA Overall 3rd Place: Akash Gowda (India, 457 points)

2125 Intermission
2140 Outstanding Achievement in Motorsports by an ASEAN driver Award
MERITUS Award Gala Outstanding Achievement in Motorsports by an ASEAN
driver:  Jazeman Jaafar (Malaysia)
Outstanding Achievement in Motorsports by an ASEAN driver Award
MERITUS Award Gala ASEAN Driver of the year: Rio Haryanto (Indonesia)
Outstanding Achievement in Motorsports by an ASEAN driver Award
MAG Lifetime Achievement Award: YM Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar Tunku Mustapha,
Chairman AAM
Meritus AAA Futuro Spirit Award
2155 2200 End of awards ceremony
Press Interviews with winners
End of Programme
4 Meritus Awards Gala preview

Meritus Awards
Gala 2016
Overall Champion (565 points, INA, Car #32) who pipped New Zealand’s Faine Kahia (563 points,
NZL, Car #55) by just two points. Rounding off the top three was India’s Akash Gowda (457 points,
IND, Car #33). The trio will each receive a GP2 test drive, with Kahia also getting a works Lamborghini
GT3 test, while Martono will receive significant funding to progress his career.  

Firhat Mokhzani
( Managing Director - Triple A)

“The 36th and final race of the inaugural season was the most
intense of the lot, especially with the pressure of the drivers’
championship and the drivers drove an extremely great race.
Looking back, there were a lot of tough racing all round and the
drivers have all grown and developed throughout the competition.
It has been really satisfying to see their progress throughout the
season and congratulations to Presley for becoming the first
ever F4/SEA overall and rookie champion. Congratulations to
all the drivers in the first F4/SEA season as they have all done
exceptionally well.”
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Martono also claimed the Overall Rookie title Car #8) who came away from the season with
after a stellar season which saw the teenager 434 points.
rack up a total of 717 points. In the runners’ up The inaugural MERITUS Awards Gala also saw
position was Malaysian youngster and formula awards handed out in the National Rising Star
racing debutant Isyraf Danish M Ghazali (MAS, categories for the nations represented in the
Car #19) who finished the season with 486 first F4/SEA season. These included awards to
points. He finished the championship on a high Singapore’s Danial Frost (SIN, Car #66), Oman’s
note, with six podium finishes from the six races Al-Wahaibi, Kiwi Kahia, Martono for Indonesia,
contested at the weekend, including a maiden Gowda for India and Isyraf Danish as Malaysia’s
race victory. In third place in the F4/SEA rookie rising star.
standings was Oman’s Khalid Al-Wahaibi (OMN,

Peter Thompson
(Chairman - Triple A)

Peter Thompson, Chairman, Asian Autosport Action Group: “It has


been an amazing first season of the Formula 4 South East Asia
Championship. In the time that we took to build this from the ground
up together with the AAM as the lead FIA-affiliate for the region, to
close out the season with the MERITUS Awards Gala tonight has truly
surpassed our wildest imaginations. After a truly intense 36-race,
6-event first season, I am very proud of what these young drivers have
all achieved. They have grown and developed into an exceptional
group of young talents, one that I hope others can also see and
recognise. Congratulations to Presley Martono for taking the overall
and Rookie titles, Faine Kahia and Akash Gowda as our overall top-3,
also to Isyraf and Khalid Al-Wahaibi as the second and third placed
overall rookies!”

In celebrating the future of motorsports, the Driver of the Year, following his extraordinary
event champions from each of the six events achievements including becoming Indonesia’s
were also given a mention. These included Frost first ever Formula 1 driver.
who became the first ever F4/SEA Star Driver at In recognising the extraordinary, exceptional
the opening event in August; Gowda, following and continuous contribution to Malaysian and
his impressive performance at Event 2 at the regional motorsports, the MERITUS Awards
Clark International Speedway in the Philippines; Gala also presented the Lifetime Achievement
Martono for dominating Event 3 on home soil Award to Yang Mulia Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar
at the Sentul International Circuit; Jordan Love Tunku Mustapha, Chairman of the Automobile
(AUS, Car #79) at Event 4 in Sepang; Kahia, after Association of Malaysia (AAM) and the only
a superb run at the Buriram International Circuit Malaysian to sit on the world senate at the FIA
for Event 5 and Isyraf Danish as the season finale (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile).
Event 6 Star Driver.
The event also saw the introduction of the
Recognising the spirit of young motor racing MERITUS AAA Futuro Spirit Award, which will
talents, awards were also handed out to come into effect from the forthcoming F4/SEA
Malaysia’s Jazeman Jaafar for his outstanding season, With a significant prize of RM 1 million
achievement in motorsports by an ASEAN driver; to assist their career progression, the 2017
and Rio Haryanto of Indonesia as the ASEAN drivers will have a huge incentive to keep them
motivated.
6 Meritus Awards Gala preview

Good evening
Tunku, Tunku, Dato, Dato,
friends, families, parents, drivers,
international Media and of course
Farah. Welcome to the first
Meritus Awards Gala.
We started Meritus the race team
in Malaysia 25 years ago. Now,
with 36 Asian championship
titles, Meritus is an established
Asian international motorsport
brand.
Our champions have
gone on to race in F1,
win in GP2, and GP3.
Win the 24 hours of
LeMans, and win the
Indy500.
We created the
Meritus Awards to help
profile and promote
the Asian Autosport
Ecosystem and our
driver development
programmes.
Out aim is to motive, reward
and inspire our champions
on each step of the FIA
ladder from Karting to F1 via
F4, F3 and F2 Asia in Asia.
‘is F1 Your Dream?’
I hope that our passion and
the Meritus Awards will help
inspire our drivers to keep
focused on their dreams.
We encourage young drivers
from all over the world to use
the alternative Asian route to
F1 - F4 SEA
Much appreciation and thanks
for traveling to Sepang tonight
Please enjoy the awards.
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8 Meritus Awards Gala preview

The recipient of this award is a singularly exceptional


man. He is a man who has dedicated and sacrificed
his life for a passion for motor racing that is
absolutely undeniable and unquestionable.
His tenacity and patience has seen him work
continuously and tirelessly after turning his
passion and love for fast cars into his field
of expertise. In his position as Chairman of
the national sporting authority, his efforts
have seen him go above and beyond to
promote and activate the sport on both
the two and four wheels, from junior
entry go-karters to the highest levels of
motor racing in Malaysia and throughout
the south east Asian region and even
beyond. Despite the unrelenting pace, his
work has seen this man recognised at the
international level as the only Malaysian
on the world senate at the Federation
international de l’Automobile (FIA).
Now, with the international automobile
governing body pushing for greater
safety through its decade of action
with global road safety campaigns, this
gentleman has taken and merged his
love for the sport and the passion for
safety to yet another level.
Through his relentless pursuit of
excellence in governance and
management of all aspects of
motorsport at every level, it is
my humble honour to award the
Meritus Awards Gala 'Lifetime
Achievement Award' to Yang
Mulia Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar
Tunku Mustapha, Chairman of
the Automobile Association of
Malaysia.
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10 Meritus Awards Gala preview
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12 Development of Malaysian motorsport accele...

Development of Malaysian
Motorsport Accelerates
Interview with Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar Tunku Mustapha Chairman Automobile Association of
Malaysia

2016 marks the beginning of a new era in the Asian motorsports landscape, particularly for Malaysia
with the birth of the brand new Formula 4 South East Asia Championship or F4SEA. Set to commence
in the second half of 2016, the F4SEA is poised to become the premier developmental platform for
young go-karters to make the transition to single-seater open-wheel formula racing category.
Taking on the role as the F4SEA championship’s lead FIA affiliate for the Southeast Asian region is
Malaysia’s Automobile Association of Malaysia or AAM. The inception of the brand new championship
comes amidst the FIA’s continued efforts to streamline the different formula racing categories. With
the continuous efforts to further develop of the region’s motorsports landscape through the creation
of the new F4SEA, we caught up with the Chairman of AAM, His Highness Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar
Tunku Mustapha.

F4SEA: Are you satisfied with


the price tag of the F4 SEA?
The way the FIA has goine
about doing this is very good
– particularly in controlling
the prices. The price that the
promoters and organisers
of the F4SEA, Triple A have
come up with is very good.
At Euros 100,000, this price
is really good. It is a safe and
inexpensive racing formula for
the beginners. Naturally, we do
not want to compare ourselves
with the big boys. But we are
F4SEA: Your Highness, are you I won many times in go-kart. going upwards very fast. Some
satisfied with the growth of Then I was Malaysian rally drivers in the past, Jazeman
motorsport in Asia? champion with Nissan three Jaafar, Alex Yoong have spent
times. I am glad to see what millions to go from lower levels
Yes, it is growing at a fast pace
is happening here with the to international formulas and
now with the involvement of
Formula 4 as the first stepping- F1. It is very good to have an
so many young people racing
stone towards F1. The FIA has inexpensive championship like
in the country and out of the
backed this Formula and I this one and the process like
country from go-kart racing to
believe this is how and where this one was not easy to set-up.
F1. Go-Kart has existed for a
long time. Even I raced go-kart. we are going to find the future
Formula 1 driver of Malaysia.
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F4SEA: Speaking about the setup process, did F4SEA: Coming back to the new championship,
Triple A and you prepare and work on the F4 SEA what is beyond F4SEA in the bigger picture?
project for a long time? FIA has taken a more proactive approach in
We did not want to be left behind when the talent development, particularly in streamlining
rest of the world is progressing. But, it is a very the progression steps. The F4SEA fits perfectly
challenging project and did take a long time to in the scheme of things. From F4, drivers can
prepare. After a long time, the F4SEA is now set make the next step up, which is F3. Then it is F2
to start from mid 2016 in August and we want to and then F1. Naturally, money opens the door.
go ahead full steam. And hopefully one of the But after that, it is a competitive world. The lower
kids will be able to make his or her way up to costs of the F4SEA allows for young drivers to
Formula 1 one day. It is a long way to climb and make the step up to formula racing. Then it is an
it is not easy but we will make it happen. Peter upgrading process where we can assess their
Thompson is putting very big effort into it. He performance. All the young drivers have an equal
has put a lot of effort into the new F4 project chance. From that point on, it is not that easy,
and I thank him for this. Peter Thompson has for instance Jazeman Jaafar who started with
done a good job and made a huge effort in Meritus is of course a good example. But it is not
promoting the series. He is very serious about easy to get sponsors, even for him. In Malaysia
the job and has great knowledge of racing. It big companies are not advertising in motorsport
is a great cooperation between the AAM and unlike in the UK.
Triple A. Additionally, as the lead FIA affiliate, F4SEA: What is your Highness’ view on the new
we are also cooperating beyond borders in the F4SEA championship also supports development
entire region: Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, in other ways, not just from a technological point
Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand. It is a big group of of view?
countries that has to collaborate and go beyond
just Malaysia only in order to make it successful. If Indeed the other interesting side is that the
we can have one driver out of all we would have championship’s mechanics are being trained and
met our targets and can be very happy. developed as well. This is very interesting for the
country. In essence, we are getting schools to
F4SEA: What were among the key issues when produce graduates in motorsports technology,
preparing the F4 SEA championship? which is very important. Students that are able
Clearly cost saving to stop the ever rising costs to reach a high level in the years to come is also
in racing was a priority. The rules are simple: No something the government is very conscious
limit and no cheating with every driver and with about this.
every competitor on an equal footing. I would F4SEA: Finally, Malaysia has a good base with the
have liked at my time as a young driver to have Sepang circuit?
had access to central information and other
drivers' data. But it did not exist at my time. Yes, Sepang has been an important impetus
and backbone to the development of racing
F4SEA: How can you compare two wheels and talents over the years. But there are other circuits
four wheels? that have emerged in the region, like Buriram
It is cheaper to start a career on two wheels 125, in Thailand. In Malaysia itself there are other
250, GP bike – and it is a much shorter route projects in other parts of the country, for instance
and does not by comparison take too long to Johor Bahru is coming up with its own track,
get to the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. It is while Sepang itself is undergoing an upgrade.
possible to achieve that in as little as two years. Like the development of other race-tracks around
Advancement in Formula racing categories takes the world, particularly in Asia, there is a good
a bit longer to start. It also takes much longer to energy for the sport.
build up the experience and a driver needs to be
more immersed and have a deeper sense of the
game.
14 MERITUS Awards Gala - Award Recipients

MERITUS Awards Gala –


Recipients
National Rising Star Award
No Name Award Country
01 Danial N. Frost MAG National Rising Star Singapore
02 Khalid Al-Wahaibi MAG National Rising Star Oman
03 Faine Kahia MAG National Rising Star New Zealand
04 Presley Martono MAG National Rising Star Indonesia
05 Isyraf Danish MAG National Rising Star Malaysia

Formula 4 SEA 2016 Rookie Award


No Name Award Country Points
01 Presley Martono MAG F4/SEA Championship Driver with the most wins Indonesia
02 Presley Martono MAG F4/SEA Rookie Champion Indonesia 717
03 Isyraf Danish MAG F4/SEA Rookie 2nd Place Malaysia 486
04 Khalid Al-Wahaibi MAG F4/SEA Rookie 3rd Place Oman 434

Formula 4 SEA Overall Award


No Name Award Country Points
01 Presley Martono MAG F4/SEA Overall Champion Indonesia 565
02 Faine Kahia MAG F4/SEA Overall 2nd Place New Zealand 563
03 Akash Gowda MAG F4/SEA Overall 3rd Place India 457

Outstanding Achievement in Motorsport by an Asean Driver


No Name Award
01 Jazeman Jaafar MAGOutstanding Achievement in Motorsport by an ASEAN Driver
02 Rio Haryanto MAG ASEAN Driver of the year
03 YM Tunku Datuk Mustapha MAG Lifetime Achievement Award
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16 F4SEA 2016 Standings

F4SEA 2016
Standings
Championship Standing

01 Presley Martono #32 MERITUS.GP 565


02 Faine Kahia #55 MERITUS.GP 563
03 Akash Gowda #33 MERITUS.GP 457
04 Isyraf Danish #19 MERITUS.GP 349
05 Danial Frost #66 MERITUS.GP 317
06 Jordan Love #79 MERITUS.GP 296
07 Khalid Al-Wahaibi #08 MERITUS.GP 278
08 Mohammed Nalwalla #46 MERITUS.GP 189
09 Eric Louis #23 MERITUS.GP 181
10 Keanon Santoso #88 MERITUS.GP 179
11 Adam Khalid #05 MERITUS.GP 0
12 Angie King #15 MERITUS.GP 0
13 Chia Wing Hoong #68 MERITUS.GP 0
14 Daniel Lu Hibbit #25 MERITUS.GP 0
15 David Tatinclaux #56 MERITUS.GP 0
16 Gabriel Cabrera #51 MERITUS.GP 0
17 Kane Shepherd #34 MERITUS.GP 0
18 KeziA Santoso #71 MERITUS.GP 0
19 Nazim Azman #17 MERITUS.GP 0
20 Worawong Komarakul #07 MERITUS.GP 0
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Rookie Standing

01 Presley Martono #32 MERITUS.GP 714


02 Isyraf Danish #19 MERITUS.GP 500
03 Khalid Al-Wahaibi #08 MERITUS.GP 439
04 Keanon Santoso #88 MERITUS.GP 351
05 Eric Louis #23 MERITUS.GP 273
06 Angie King #15 MERITUS.GP 0
07 Chia Wing Hoong #68 MERITUS.GP 0

08 Daniel Lu Hibbit #25 MERITUS.GP 0


09 David Tatinclaux #56 MERITUS.GP 0
10 Gabriel Cabrera #51 MERITUS.GP 0
11 Kane Shepherd #34 MERITUS.GP 0
12 Kezia Santoso #71 MERITUS.GP 0
18 F4SEA 2016 Points Breakdown

F4SEA 2016
Points Breakdown Standings Event 1 - 05-07 Aug, Sepang Event 2 - 15-17 Sep, Clark

# Name Country R G Total 36 Best 30 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12

12 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 18 0 18 0 0 3 18 0 0 0 25 3 18 0 25 0
1 Presley Martono (#32) INA 1 565 565
0 25 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 25 0 25 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 25 1 25 1 25

18 0 18 0 25 0 18 0 25 0 15 3 18 0 15 0 0 0 15 0 25 3 12 3
2 Faine Kahia (#55) NZL 569 563
0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 15 0 18 0 15 0 15 0 12 0 25 0 25 3 0 3 18 0 15 0 15 0
3 Akash Gowda (#33) IND 469 457
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

10 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 10 0 12 0 8 0 12 0 12 0 8 0 18 0
4 Isyraf Dansih (#19) MYS 2 349 349
0 18 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 18 0 18 0 12 0 15 0 18 0 12 0 18

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Danial N. Frost (#66) SGP 317 317
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

25 3 25 3 0 3 25 3 10 3 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Jordan Love (#79) AUS 296 296
1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 10 0 25 0 0 0 12 0 0 0
7 Khalid Al-Wahaibi (#8) OMN 3 278 278
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 15 1 25 0 0 0 18 0 0

15 0 8 0 12 0 12 0 12 0 8 0 6 0 0 0 15 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
8 Mohammed Nalwalla (#46) IND 189 189
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 12 0 18 0 0 0 10 0 10 0
9 Eric Louis (#23) MYS 5 181 181
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 18 0 18 0 0 0 15 0 15

8 0 10 0 10 0 10 0 8 0 6 0 10 0 6 0 0 0 10 0 6 0 0 0
10 Keanon Santoso (#88) INA 4 179 179
0 15 0 18 0 18 0 25 0 18 0 15 0 15 0 10 0 0 0 15 0 10 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Adam Khalid (#5) MYS G 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Angie King (#12) PHL 6 G 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Chia WIng Hoong (#68) MYS 7 G 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Daniel Lu Hibbit (#25) CHN 8 G 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 David Taninclaux (#56) FRA 9 G 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Gabriel Cabrera (#51) PHL 10 G 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Kane Shepherd (#32) THA 11 G 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Kezia Santoso (#34) INA 12 G 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Nazim Azman (#17) MYS G 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Worawong Komarakul (#7) THA G 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Key Position - 0 0 - Pole


Fastest lap - 0 0 - Rookie
F4SEA follows the standard F1 points scoring system, with the
addition of 1 point for fastest lap and 3 points for pole.
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The F4SEA Championship positions are based on the best 30 driver results of the 36-race
championship. The ‘Total 36’ column shows the points earned in all 36 races. The ‘Best 30’ column
is the championship points standings based on the drivers best 30 race results. The ‘R’ column
shows the Rookie points standings and rookie driver positions are indicated. The ‘G’ column is for
Guest Drivers who are not awarded points. The yellow shaded areas indicate the six individual event
champions.

Event 3 - 11-13 Nov, Sentul Event 4 - 09-11 Dec, Sepang Event 5 - 06-08 Jan, Buriram Event 6 - 20-22 Jan, Sepang

R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 R20 R21 R22 R23 R24 R25 R26 R27 R28 R29 R30 R31 R32 R33 R34 R35 R36

18 0 0 0 18 0 25 0 18 0 18 0 15 0 12 0 15 0 18 0 15 0 10 0 15 0 8 0 25 0 8 0 25 0 25 3 0 3 25 0 18 3 25 3 25 0 10 3
0 25 0 0 0 25 0 25 0 25 0 25 0 25 0 25 0 25 0 25 0 25 0 25 0 25 0 12 0 25 0 12 1 25 0 25 0 0 0 25 0 25 0 25 0 25 0 15

0 0 10 0 25 0 18 3 25 0 25 3 0 0 0 0 12 0 12 0 18 0 12 0 18 0 25 3 0 3 25 0 18 3 18 0 15 0 18 0 6 0 15 0 0 0 6 0
3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

10 0 25 0 12 3 12 0 15 0 15 0 0 0 15 0 18 0 10 0 12 0 15 0 12 0 6 0 0 0 6 0 15 0 15 0 10 0 8 0 10 0 6 0 12 0 25 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

15 0 18 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 8 0 8 0 2 0 6 0 8 0 8 0 8 3 10 0 0 0 0 3 12 0 0 0 25 0 15 3 15 0 18 0 18 3 15 0
0 18 0 25 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 12 0 15 0 10 0 18 0 18 0 18 0 15 1 15 0 0 0 0 0 18 0 0 1 25 1 18 1 18 1 18 0 18 1 25

25 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 12 0 18 0 18 0 10 0 15 0 10 0 25 0 25 0 18 0 18 0 18 0 8 0 12 0 0 0 12 0 25 0 12 0 15 0 12 0
1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 3 25 3 25 3 25 3 25 3 18 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 12 0 15 0 0 0 8 0 8 0 10 0 10 0 8 0 4 0 6 0 4 0 10 0 15 0 12 0 15 0 0 0 10 0 12 0 6 0 12 0 10 0 10 0 18 0
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20 F4SEA 2016 entry list

Presley
32 Martono
15 June 2000

Faine
55 Kahia
02 Jujly 1996

Danial N.
66 Frost
18 October 2001

Nazim
17 Azman
17 August 2001

Kezia
71 Santoso
07 September 1998

Keanon
88 Santoso
19 June 2000

Akash
33 Gowda
27 August 1998

Mohamed
46 Nalwalla
08 October 1998

Jordan
79 Love
27 April 1999

Adam
5 Khalid
12 October 1998
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Chia Wing
68 Hoong
06 December 1995

Isyraf
19 Danish
19 February 2000

Eric
23 Louis
01 May 1997

Khalid A
8 Wahaibi
09 July 2000

Sam
16 Grimes
16 February 2000

Ben
77 Grimes
16 July 1998

David
56 Tatinclaux
03 September 2000

Worawong
7 Komarakul
11 Dec 1996

Daniel Lu
25 Hibbitt
02 Jan 2001

Kane
34 Shepherd
02 January 2001
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15 June 2000
Jakarta, Indonesia
Student
175 cm
59 kg
A+
Hobbies Cooking, video games
Favourite Sport: Basketball
Favourite Artistes: Zayn Malik, Kaia Gerber
Favourite Athlete: Mo Farrah
Favourite Driver: Lewis Hamilton
Racing Debut: 2008 (Go-Karts)
Instagram: @presleymartono

Presley
Martono
Amongst the large pool of young aspiring go-karters
from the region making the transition to single-
seater formula race cars, Presley Martono stands out
like a sore thumb, in a good way, of course. Sporting
a swagger that is all his own as he arrives at the
circuit, Presley leaves quite an indelible impression
wherever he goes and with whoever he meets. A
big, fiery personality, Presley also has the chops
when it comes to racing, making waves in both the
local and international go-kart races.
Indonesian champion in 2013 and third runner-up in
Asia, his biggest and favourite accomplishment was
when he won the Italian ACI Karting Championship
60 mini in Ortona Italy, a day that has and will
continue to be etched into the young Indonesian’s
psyche.
Wearing his heart on his sleeve, Presley does not
shy away from expressing himself, especially when
it concerns his racing performance. His larger-than-
life personality often comes at a price to his fellow
competitors who all begrudgingly admit his overt
passion does fuel his drive to perform at his very
best, all the time.
Presley’s fiery passion is evident both on and off-
track as the youngster has only one goal in his mind:
to beat off the competition and win, which he works
hard to achieve.
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2 July 1996
Taupo, New Zealand

176cm
79kg
O
Hobbies Working out
Favourite Sport: Motorsports
Favourite Artistes: 2Pac
Favourite Athlete:
Favourite Driver: Lewis Hamilton
Racing Debut : 201X (Go-Karts)
Instagram: @faine_k

Faine
Kahia
Faine’s motto for racing: Drive it like you stole it!
“Speed is life. Speed to me is one big breath – the
faster the speed, the deeper the breath,” says Faine
Kahia who is always ready to have a laugh, has a
big heart and is determined to never give up, which
lends to his natural racing qualities. Faine knows that
when he is driving, he is “Instinctive”, “strategic”, and
“respectful.’
One of his dreams is to one day drive the
Koenigsegg One:1. The car-maker that stunned the
world in September 2011 when it set a Guinness
World Record time of 21.19seconds for the 0-300-
0 km/h run in the Koenigsegg Agera R. The time
achieved by the Koenigsegg One:1 had managed
to trim a full 3.24 seconds from what was already
considered to be an unbeatable record time.
Faine’s primary ambition is racing after his first
experience at the Tokoroa karting track in New
Zealand. His first taste for success came when he
stepped on the podium in only his third go-kart race
meeting at the Hawkes Bay kart track. In addition to
being his first time at the track, the result also came
after what had been a torrential, rain-soaked affair. At
the time he didn’t know anything at all about setup,
Faine just drove the wheels off his kart to clinch his
first race podium.
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18 October 2001
Singapore
Student
170cm
58.7kgs

Hobbies
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Favourite Driver: Lewis Hamilton
Racing Debut : 2014 (Go-karts)
Website: @danial_frost

Danial N.
Frost
Speed is clearly in Danial’s blood as he arrives at the
circuit on his Segway board, which is never far from
his sight as he darts back and forth whenever he is
not in a racecar.
It all started one day when Danial picked up a car
in a toy shop, and it was love at first sight. “I found
a car that I really liked. I looked at it and then I got
interested. My mom built on my passion for that car
and I started karting in December 2014 in Singapore.
We were going karting with my dad who is in the
marine Industry. At first I was competing in ‘fun
races’ with my dad, but then it got serious and more
competitive. As I was winning and getting better
results, I started to get more interested.”
Danial adds, “I finished second in my first ever go-
kart race and of course I was very happy. Later on
I went to race in Malaysia with a Singapore karting
team, though it did not go so well but I continued
karting and then one day, the topic of the AsiaCup
Series came up.”
On top of his experience with the AsiaCup Series,
Danial has also spent some time in a simulator. “It
feels good to learn how to better deal with the car,
particularly the speed and balance. I believe I will
get a simulator for Christmas at home. That will help
me improve my racing,” notes Danial.
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17 August 2001
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Student
155cm
44 kg

Hobbies
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Racing Debut : 2012 (Go-Karts)
Website:

Nazim
Azman
A native and resident of the capital city of Malaysia,
Nazim Azman comes from a family of four brothers.
His mother is a writer.
Asked where his desire for racing came from, Nazim
is quick to reply “that’s easy. My dad!”
Growing up, Nazim quickly inherited his
businessman father’s keen interest in racing in
almost any form. He comes to the race track with
his AirWheel in tow, manoeuvring the one-wheel
scooter with the dexterity of a wizard.
For Nazim, it all started in 2011 when he began go-
karting, convincing his family that he was ready to
compete the following year.
Still excited with the memory of his first race, Nazim
recalls, “I was second at one point in that race but
then I had a crash and only managed to finish eighth.
It was a pity, but overall since I started I have learned
a lot.” That was evident when he notched several
podium finishes in his debut season in the AsiaCup
Series in 2015.
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7 July 1998
Jakarta, Indonesia
Student

Hobbies
Favourite Sport: Swimming
Favourite Artistes:
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Favourite Driver: Max Verstappen
Racing Debut : 2010 (Go-Karts)
Website:

Kezia
Santoso
The elder of the two Santoso siblings, Kezia is one of
only a handful of females involved in the sport, and
is quick to understand the seemingly overwhelming
disadvantage she’s put herself in. “I think people
think of it [racing] as a man’s sport and that motivates
me to overcome those challenges,” she explains.
Having achieved considerable success in go-karts,
Kezia made the switch to single-seater formula cars
with the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship in
2016. Like the other debutants, her first time was all
about getting comfortable, something she explains
like a pro, “it is all about gaining confidence. With
more track time, I get more comfortable.”
Drawing inspiration from her favourite race car driver,
Max Verstappen, the 18-year old lass explains, “I like
his work ethic a lot and really admire what he has
already achieved as an F1 driver. It is truly inspiring.”
Hard to deny that as they youngster has already
made waves not just in F1 but across the motorsports
spectrum.
Of her dreams and ambitions, Kezia keeps it
straightforward and simple, “to get as far as I can in
racing.” She doesn’t confine herself to any specific
racing genre but keeps an open mind about options,
going on to note “I want to try different types of race
cars, like touring cars.”
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19 June 2000
Jakarta, Indonesia
Student
170cm
62kg
O+
Hobbies Karting, Basketball
Favourite Sport: Racing, Basketball
Favourite Artistes: -
Favourite Athlete: Muhammad Ali
Favourite Driver: Ryo Haryanto
Racing Debut : 2009 (Go-Karts)
Website: @keanon19

Keanon
Santoso
Like all young aspiring drivers, Keanon started go-
karting in 2009 in the hope of fuelling an ambition
for racing, which he explains quite simply as, “a love
of speed. I love it when you get the adrenalin rush
especially when overtaking someone in a race.”
Hailing from a family who passionately embrace
motorsport, Keanon’s source of inspiration is none
other than his distant relative, Rio Haryanto.
Like Indonesia’s first Formula 1 driver, Keanon
has chosen to take his path into the single-seater
formula racing world with Peter Thompson and Firhat
Mokhzani, the same team who shaped Rio’s humble
beginnings.
Keanon is also acutely aware at first hand of the
dangers and the reality of motorsport and explains
“Rio worked really hard to get to F1 and never once
gave up in spite of the challenge and adversity.”
It’s hard to discount Rio’s courage and tenacity, one
that has earned the youngster a healthy respect
amongst what can at times be an unforgiving
Formula 1 fraternity. He sets an excellent example
for Keanon to follow in his footsteps adn we hope to
see a lot more of this young driver in the future.
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27 August 1998
Bangalore, India
Student
163cm
55kgs
B Positive
Hobbies Any physical activities
Favourite Sport: Football
Favourite Artistes: Coldplay
Favourite Athlete: Usain Bolt
Favourite Driver: Lewis Hamilton
Racing Debut : Amaron Karting
Website: Akashgowda.com

Akash
Gowda
“It all started when my family and I went fun-karting
and as it turned out, I was actually quite good and
people started appreciating me,” was how 18-year
old Akash Gowda describes how his passion for
racing was ignited.
Some would say that Akash is perhaps already
genetically predisposed to racing with a father who
himself competed in national rallying events and
remains an avid motorsports enthusiast. Harish
Gowda was Akash’s first talent scout, having
identified and recognised his son’s talent. Training
then began in earnest. Akash notes, “It was also
around this time that the AKC was announced with
races happening around the country. I was prepared
for the challenge and my father wasted no time
in enrolling me for the races, despite the limited
training and exposure.” At the AKC Akash took his
first step in his racing career.
While Akash loves the sheer exhilaration of racing,
he is game for any kind of sport. “I just love all kinds
of physical activity, it really does not matter what as
long as my body is always active, I’m good with that.
I have always loved speed, and I don’t think there is
another sport that is as interesting as racing, in every
aspect – from the physical and mental strength
required. And there is so much more to learn and do
in racing as compared to other sports.”
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8 October 1998
Dubai, UAE
Student
168cm
48kgs
B Positive
Hobbies Swimming
Favourite Sport: Motorsports
Favourite Artistes: Dwayne Johnson
Favourite Athlete: Usain Bolt
Favourite Driver: Lewis Hamilton
Racing Debut : JK Tyre Rookie Cup
Instagram: @mohammednalwalla

Mohammed
Nalwalla
India’s Mohammed Nalwalla pursued his dream
by taking the first step in go-karts in his homeland.
The youngster’s progression was nothing short of
stellar when he claimed the runner-up title in the JK
Tyre Rookie Cup Championship in his racing debut
year in 2014. He would go on to repeat another
fine racing season in 2015 when he came home
in overall second place in the National Karting
Championship as well as the vice champion in the
Kart Open championships.
The Mumbai-native notes, “I had a strong passion
for cars from very early on.” The choice to go into
racing was encouraged by an elder brother and his
parents. The 18-year old keeps his family close to
his heart as he notes, "my family is tremendously
important to me as their continued moral support
and encouragement has helped me to achieve what
I have and what I will achieve in the future.”
A fan of triple Formula 1 World Champion Lewis
Hamilton, Nalwalla also draws inspiration from India’s
most successful and internationally-recognised
sports megastar – Sachin Tendulkar, which is not
difficult to understand, given the world’s best
batsman’s iconic god-like national status in his
cricket-mad homeland.
Like most young racing stars, Mohammed Nalwalla
aspires to reach F1 one day.
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27 April 1999
Perth, Australia
Student
170cm
62 kg

Hobbies
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Favourite Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Racing Debut : 2010 (Go-karts)
Website:

Jordan
Love
Jordan Love’s connection with motorsport is very
much rooted in his DNA, thanks largely to his father
who used to race touring cars and continues to have
a passion for racing. And that connection extends
to Jordan’s younger brother, Aaron, who is storming
Australia’s go-kart scene.
Jordan explains, “I started go-karting in Australia
and that is where Peter Thompson spotted me and
organised a few test days in a formula car.” That
encounter with Peter would see Jordan expand his
horizons to Asia as he stamped his authority on the
AsiaCup Series in 2015, winning 15 out of the 16
races, leaving the rest of his competitors in his wake.
Jordan explains his secret, “I give everything, I do
110 per cent effort. I drive my heart out at every race.”
When asked about his ambitions, Mr. 110% has
already marked a clear path as he elaborates, “I
want to be climbing the ladder, starting with F4/
SEA. That is the plan and I want the ladder to take
me to Europe. I chose to compete in the F4/SEA
championship because all the cars are the same and
there are good tracks on the calendar.”
Despite his victorious streak, Jordan keeps his feet
grounded and recalls as his fondest memory his first
ever podium at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. “The
track is amazing and the circuit facilities are nice. If
it is wet the racing can be a surprise. But it is not too
bad.”
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Student (??)
170cm
50kg

Hobbies Ice-skating
Favourite Sport: Ice-hockey
Favourite Artistes: Arianna Grande
Favourite Athlete:
Favourite Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Racing Debut : 2015 (Go-Karts)
Website: Instagram @syafx

Isyraf
Danish
The youngest of three siblings, Isyraf shares his
love of motorsport with his father. And that love
was enough to pave Isyraf’s path into the sport -
albeit virtually with the video-game version - before
eventually transitioning to racing go-karts in 2015.
Unlike his compatriots who are perhaps more
seasoned, Isyraf is undeterred and is already
adamant about his career path as he explains “I want
to focus on being like my hero Sebastian Vettel.”
Isyraf admires how Sebastian earned four straight
world championship crowns and many Formula
One records and became the youngest pole-sitter,
winner and champion in F1 history, pointing out that
the German started his career while still a teenager,
having taken up karting in 1995 at a local kart track
in his native village of Heppenheim.
Evidently Isyraf’s father does not share his son’s
admiration for the F1 champion as, while watching
any F1 race on TV, the patriarch cheers only for
Briton Lewis Hamilton!
Isyraf’s dream is that “I may have the same luck and
smooth path to F1 as Sebastian.”
The birth of the F4/SEA comes at the right time for
Isyraf who is committed to familiarising himself with
the F4 cars and intensifying his training.
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12 October 1998
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Student

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Favourite Driver: Michael Schumacher
Racing Debut : 201X (Go-Karts)
Website: Instagram @crazychicken

Adam
Khalid
Adam Khalid is the second oldest in a large family
with three younger brothers and two sisters. A
student at the Australian International School in
Selangor, Adam’s first encounter with racing came
from a relative. He recalls, “my first experience was
driving my uncle’s car at around the Sepang circuit
and I immediately fell in love with ‘speed’. But racing
is not just about speed. It’s all about momentum and
consistency.” Coming from a highly supportive family,
Adam adds, “my dad is in the automotive industry,
while my mom is an accountant and everyone in the
family loves racing and supports me and gives me
valuable advice.”
It was not an easy start for Adam who notes, “I was
overweight and my family convinced me to lose
weight if I really wanted to race. I am fitter now after
losing 20 kilos in two years.”
Like his fellow compatriots, it all began on the go-
kart track for Adam who quickly made a mark for
himself winning the Malaysian Championship in
Sepang and eventually qualifying for the Karting
World-S finals in Spain. Adam adds, “seems
like I always had racing in my blood. After my
grandparents passed away in 1997 in a helicopter
crash, I realized that my parents had made a lot of
sacrifices to allow me to go racing and help me.”
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6 December 1995
Selangor, Malaysia
Student
178cm
64kgs
B Positive
Hobbies Motorsports
Favourite Sport: Motorsports
Favourite Artistes: -
Favourite Athlete: Fernando Alonso
Favourite Driver: Fernando Alonso
Racing Debut : 2012 (Go-karts)
Website: www.winghoong-chia.org

Chia Wing
Hoong
A self-professed fan of cars and motorsports for as
long as his memory permits, Malaysian Wing Hoong
Chia is a true-blue petrolhead with racing embedded
deep within his cerebral cortex!
It is not difficult to discover and discern the reasons
behind his involvement in motorsport. Though self-
motivated, the young Malaysian credits his ex-racer
father, adding, “My dad played quite a big part in
influencing my racing career.”
With an illustrious record in the go-kart scene, both
at home and abroad, Wing is no stranger to life in
the fast lane in all its permutations, having had the
opportunity to compete at the Sepang 12 Hours
race in the touring production class. An indication
as to his future racing career inclinations, Wing
states his ultimate racing ambition as, “being a paid
professional racing driver in GT cars or prototypes,
hopefully with a works team.”
The next step on the racing ladder from go-karts
into single-seater formula racing, the Formula 4
South East Asia Championship, Wing see as “a great
development series for young drivers and a great
way to start a racing career.”
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Manila, Philippines
Student (Makati Hope
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Hobbies Cooking, video games
Favourite Sport: Badminton, Basketball
Favourite Artistes: 2Pac
Favourite Athlete: Tiger Woods
Favourite Driver: Lewis Hamilton
Racing Debut : 2011
Instagram: @gabetayao

Gabriel
Cabrera
Gabriel Antonio Tayao Cabrera, or simply “Gabe” as
he is known amongst his racing peers, friends and
family began his career in much the same way his
fellow competitors did, in go-karts. Gabe explains, “I
had already had this dream of racing go-karts since I
was 7 years old, but I did not know where to go.”
Through the tenacity of his family, who encouraged
and paved the way for the youngster, Gabe has
stormed his way through the region’s go-kart
scene, with a very long list of accolades to his name
since debuting in 2011. His success has not gone
unnoticed with media representatives, journalists
and reporters following his every career move.
Despite of all the attention, the young 16-year-old
remains incredibly humble and more importantly,
real. While his family provides an astonishing
amount of support and encouragement as he
pursues his racing dream, they also insist he keeps
up with his schoolwork. According to the Manila-
born lad, his school friends also keep him grounded
even if they prefer mainstream sports like basketball
to motor racing.
Gabe feels a mix of excitement and nervousness
in his debut formula racing season, especially
with one event taking place on home soil at Clark
International Speedway.
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Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Racing driver
184cm
66kg
AB+
Hobbies Basketball and working out
Favourite Sport: Basketball and football
Favourite Artistes: Arianna Grande
Favourite Athlete: LeBron James
Favourite Driver: Lewis Hamilton
Racing Debut : 2012 (Go-Karts)
Instagram: @princelouis23

Eric
Louis
Eric Louis Pragasam’s racing career began with
winning a funkart outing at Sunway Lagoon’s
Extreme Park in Malaysia. He explains, “after my time
in the funkart against the other drivers, the guys told
my dad that I was really good!”
That single event would prove to be a turning point
for 9-year-old Eric whose family then began to
take his racing more seriously. It did not, however,
happen instantaneously as it would be another five
years before he would begin competing.
A larger-than-life personality, Eric enjoy the attention
from his school mates, saying “generally everyone
supports me but I know that some of my friends are
a bit jealous.”
A huge basketball fan, NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers’
LeBron “King” James is one of Eric’s biggest
sporting heros, “to me, he is the best athlete ever!”
In Formula 1, Eric counts Lewis Hamilton as his idol
and wants to be like the two-time Formula 1 World
Champion. “He wears his heart on his sleeve, which
is a quality I really like about Lewis,” explains Eric.
In 2015 Eric was lucky enough to meet Lewis, after
winning an online competition “It was such an
awesome experience to meet him and he told me: ‘A
lot of people will tell you to give up and stop racing,
don’t listen to anyone. Just keep racing as long as
your parents support you’,” smiles Eric.
36 Drivers bio

8 Place of Birth:
Lives :
Occupation:
Height:
Weight:
Blood Type:
Muscat, Oman
Muscat, Oman
Student
178cm
64kgs
B Positive
Hobbies Motorsports
Favourite Sport: Motorsports
Favourite Artistes: -
Favourite Athlete:
Favourite Driver:
Racing Debut :
Website:

Khalid
Al Wahaibi
From Muscat, Oman, Khalid races under his lucky
number, 8.
With karting experience in the Rotax Max Challenge,
he joined Formula 4 South East Asia at Event 2 in
the Philippines where he qualified on pole for race 6
in his formula car debut. Unfortunately the race was
subsequently cancelled due to Typhoon Karen, but
Khalid will have the chance to catch up with seven
races at Event 5 in Buriram.
Khalid showed well in Sepang at Event 4 and his
comments on the challenging track were:
“Compared to Sentul (Indonesia) and Clark
(Philippines) I really like the Sepang Circuit. It has a
lot of fast flowing corners. Every corner almost has
a straight after it and you need to maintain a good
pace on the exits, otherwise you can lose a lot of
time. I really like the characteristics of the track and
my favourite corners have to be the sweeping flat-
out Turns 5 and 6.”
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56 Place of Birth:
Lives :
Occupation:
Height:
Weight:
Blood Type:
France
Seoul, Korea
Student
178cm
64kgs

Hobbies Karting, Racing and Cars


Favourite Sport: Motorsports
Favourite Artistes: -
Favourite Athlete:
Favourite Driver: Vettel and Alonso
Racing Debut : 2006 (Go-karts)
Website:

David
Tatinclaux
16-year-old French national, David Tatinclaux is the
youngest of three siblings and lives in Korea. Having
lived in France, Spain and Malaysia, the family plan
to return to France next summer.
A self-professed adrenaline junkie who thrives
on speed and challenges, the young racer fell in
love with karting over ten years ago. David has
participated in Rotax Max Challenge Senior Class,
KKC and RMC karting in Korea, and will never forget
the taste of his first victory.
Racing under number 56 which is the day and month
of his birthday and his father’s year of birth, David
graduated to F4 South East Asia in December 2016.
Of his first formula test and race at Sepang he says:
“my approach is to take it slowly, step by step. As its
my first time here I like the Sepang track with a really
nice mix of highspeed corners and long straights.”
Inspired by Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso,
David pledges to do everything he can to succeed
and keep fighting for the win. This young driver
with big dreams believes confidence is the key to
success in racing.
38 Drivers bio

25 Place of Birth:
Lives :
Occupation:
Height:
Weight:
Blood Type:
Shanghai, China
Shanghai, China
Student

Hobbies Motorsports
Favourite Sport: Motorsports
Favourite Artistes: -
Favourite Athlete:
Favourite Driver:
Racing Debut : Karting debut 2014
Website:

Daniel Lu
Hibbitt
Born in Shanghai to a Chinese mother and a British
father, Daniel attends the British International School
in Shanghai, and he speaks perfect English and
Mandarin.
He only started karting together with his younger
brother in 2014 and competed in the full Rotax Max
Junior Challenge in China. In 2015 he contested the
DIA Trophy in Italy and was category winner.
In 2016 he had podium wins in the German KZ2
Championship.
He will make his formula car debut at the F4/SEA
Event 5 in Buriram. However he has some formiula
testing experience in Formula Renault in Zhuhai,
China.
Daniel is a passionate young racer and would like to
make a professional career in the sport. He will race
in Thailand in car number 25.
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34 Place of Birth:
Lives :
Occupation:
Height:
Weight:
Blood Type:
Thailand
Thailand
Student
181cm
64kgs

Hobbies Motorsports
Favourite Sport: Motorsports
Favourite Artistes: -
Favourite Athlete:
Favourite Driver:
Racing Debut : 2010 (Go-karts)
Website:

Kane
Shepherd
Kane has been karting successfully for the last six
years, winning national and international events
around Asia.
In 2016 Kane won the Thailand Rotax Max Senior
Championship which earned him a scholarship of
two free test days in the Formula 4 South East Asia
Championship.
Event 5 of the Formula 4 South East Asia
Championship in Buriram Thailand will be Kane’s first
ever formula race. His chosen race number is 34.
40 Drivers bio

7 Place of Birth:
Lives :
Occupation:
Height:
Weight:
Blood Type:
Bangkok, Thailand
San Francisco, California
Student
173cm
62kgs

Hobbies Motorsports
Favourite Sport: Motorsports
Favourite Artistes: -
Favourite Athlete:
Favourite Driver:
Racing Debut :
Website:

Worawong
Komarakul
From Bangkok Thailand, Worawong Komarakul
now lives in San Francisco where he is a university
student. He originally joined AsiaCup in 2014 where
he achieved no less than 15 podium positions in
the 16 races and finsihed 2nd in the Championship
behind Australian Jake Parsons.
Plu, as he is nicknamed in Thailand, then joined
the Meritus Formula Masters Champinship in 2015
before heading off to San Francisco to complete
his third level education as an Automotive Design
Engineer.
Plu participates in USA karting and finished top 30 in
the USANATS last November in Vegas. Home from
the US for Christmas holiday, he is looking forward to
racing in Event 5 on his home track in Buriram where
he will race in car number 7.
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42 Previous event report

Event 6
Report
After completing five events in its inaugural season, the sixth and final event in the Formula 4
South East Asia (F4/SEA) Championship - certified by FIA - finally got underway on Saturday at
the Sepang International Circuit.
The bumper-packed schedule kicked off in the early hours with the final free practice session
of the season. The session belonged to Indonesia’s Presley Martono (INA, Car #32) who was
able to make the most of the cooler track conditions to post the quickest time of the session.
His scorching lap time of 2:11.509s was enough to take the top spot over New
Zealand’s Faine Kahia (NZL, Car #55) who also posted a
sub-2:12 lap time (2:11.760s).

After
a short breather,
the young drivers were back
strapped into their cars for the qualifying. Martono
once again dominated the session topping the timesheet with a
2.11.563s to claim the prime spot on the grid in pole for Race 1.
Coming in second was Singaporean ace, Danial Frost (SIN, Car #66) who clocked in with a
2:11.751s for a front row start in P2. Bolstered by being on home soil, Malaysian youngster
Isyraf Danish (MAS, Car #19) was third quickest with his 2:12.096s effort.
In addition to the race win he collected in Race 1, the young Malaysian was also crowned the
Petron Star Driver of the sixth and final event of the F4/SEA championship.
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Event Standings
Isyraf Presley
Danish Martono
Danial N. Faine
Frost Kahia
Khalid Akash
Al-Wahaibi Gowda
Eric Adam
Louis Khalid
Micheal
Munemann

Season finale gets underway as Martono claims a double win, while Isyraf Danish bags first win on home soil.
44 Free Practice & Qualifying highlights

Free Practice &


Qualifying
Free Practice & Qualifying (Dry) - and more
With the drivers' day commencing importantly,
bright and early, the morning’s the pole
free practice session in the cooler position
temperatures saw Martono claim start for
the top spot with the fastest time of Race 1.
2:11.509s. Coming
His time was over two-tenths in second
quicker than Kahia who managed a to join
2:11.760s. The two drivers were also Martono
the only two who managed to crack on the
the 2:12minute mark. Malaysia’s front row was
Eric Louis (MAS, Car #23) and Isyraf Singapore’s Frost
Danish (MAS, Car #19) were also in with an equally strong
the top half of the field with the third effort to post a 2:11.751s,
and fourth quickest times with a just under two-tenths shy of
2:12.383s and 2:12.390. Martono’s time. Third fastest
was Malaysia’s Isyraf Danish
After a short break, the drivers were with his time of 2:12.096s ahead
back on track for the 30minute of the Kiwi Kahia (2:12.112) who
qualifying session. Despite the rising will join the youngster on the
temperatures, Martono was still second row in P4. Qualifying in P5
able to put the hammer down going with a time of 2:12.369s was Eric
purple in several sectors en route Louis.
to posting a scorching 2:11.563s
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The session belonged to Indonesia’s Presley Martono (INA, Car #32) who was able to make the most of the cooler track conditions.
46 Race 1 highlights

Race 1
Race 1 (10 Laps, Dry) - With the main championship protagonists in the top
half of the starting grid for Race 1, the 10-lap midday Race 1 promised an
exciting duel on the cards with Martono starting from pole ahead of Frost
and Isyraf Danish.

A clean start off the line by Martono Isyraf Danish who made the most of the situation,
saw the young Indonesian successfully pulling out a succession of quick laps to open up
defend his lead from Frost, but only a gap to the rest of the field. That left a four-way
just. The action would however unfold battle for P2 between Eric Louis, Kahia, Al-Wahaibi
in the fight for the lead when a collision and Gowda. Running in second, it did not take Eric
between the race leader Martono and Louis long before he too found his momentum to
Frost would see both taken out of the also begin pulling away from the rest.
race. After successfully evading the
The battle for P3 would go on for several laps,
pair, it was Malaysia’s Isyraf Danish who
until Kahia running in P3 also found his pace to
suddenly found himself in the lead of
pull away from the battling duo of Al-Wahaibi and
the race.
Gowda by the midway point of the race. Though
There was drama elsewhere down the the Kiwi was able to close in on Eric Louis, the
order including an epic battle at the young Malaysian was able to up the ante to
start in the fight for P3 between Kahia maintain a healthy gap throughout.
and Eric Louis. With a better tow off the
At the front, race leader Isyraf Danish’s unrelenting
start, the young Malaysian was able to
pace did see the home hero pull out consistent
jump Kahia for P4. Also embroiled in a
laps in the low to mid 2:12m mark to ensure a
battle for position were Oman’s Khalid
comfortable gap from the
Al-Wahaibi (OMN, Car #8) and India’s
Akash Gowda (IND, Car #33). All four
drivers were able to gain track positions
following the Martono-Frost incident.
With the frantic opening lap action
settling down by the second
lap, it was
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Isyraf Danish
Eric Louis
Faine Kahia

rest of the field. With a healthy lead of over six seconds by the start of the tenth and final lap, the
youngster was well on course for a memorable first race victory of the season on home soil. Crossing
the line in P2 was Eric Louis, whose results made it a double celebration for the host nation. Taking
the bronze position was the Kiwi Kahia, ahead of Al-Wahaibi and Gowda. Rounding off the top-6 was
Adam Khalid (MAS, Car #5).
48 Race 2 highlights

Race 2
Race 2 (Dry, 8 Laps) - After a short turnaround, the drivers were back strapped into their
racecars for the second race of the day. Having clocked up the fastest lap of the earlier race
1, Isyraf Danish had the honour of starting Race 2 from pole position, ahead of Kahia in P2 and
compatriot Eric Louis in P3. The unfortunate racing incident between Martono and Frost saw
both drivers faced with the monumental task of starting from the back of the grid.

A poor getaway at the start of the 8-lap race saw go, what had been a comfortable lead
Isyraf Danish lose the lead early on as Kahia took virtually disappeared as Martono, Isyraf
the early lead from the Malaysian. Meanwhile, Danish and Frost closed in on Kahia for the
a superb start by Martono and Frost saw both makings of an enthralling four-way fight for
drivers make up considerable ground with the race lead.
Martono up to P3 and Frost in P4 by the close of An unfortunate error at the start of the
the opening lap. final lap by the Kiwi into the first sequence
Despite losing the lead, the Malaysian youngster of corners afforded Martono the perfect
was able to stay close to Kahia, though the duo opportunity to take the lead, which he did.
had to contend with the prospect of the fast- Having recovered after going wide, Kahia
approaching Martono. By the second lap, the then had to defend against the quicker
race had turned into a three-way fight for the Isyraf Danish, who also had it all to do to
lead between Kahia, Isyraf Danish and Martono keep his position on track against Frost. The
with all three separated by less than half a blockbuster affair would continue through
second. Behind the trio, Frost had also begun to the last sequence of corners when Frost
to close in as the Singaporean began lapping did momentarily take P3 from Isyraf
around the pace as the frontrunners. Behind Danish.
them, another battle had also begun to brew
between Malaysia’s Adam Khalid and Gowda for
P7.
By the mid-way point of the race, Kahia was able
to open up a small gap, leaving Isyraf Danish and
Martono to battle it out for P2, one that saw the
Indonesian prevail. As the duelling duo’s
pace was quicker than that of the
race leader, it did not take long
for them to catch Kahia, with
Frost lurking dangerously
close behind them
all.
With two
laps to
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Presley Martono
Faine Kahia
Isyraf Danish

However,
with the better
racing line into the final corner, it was the
Malaysian who prevailed over Frost, reclaiming the third and
final spot on the podium.
After a non-finish in Race 1, the accolades belonged to Martono with a great recovery drive to win
Race 2 ahead of Kahia in P2 and Isyraf Danish in P3. Despite his best efforts, Frost would close out
the second race in P4 ahead of Eric Louis in P5.
50 Race 3 highlights

Race 3
Race 3 (8-Laps, Dry) - With the grid positions determined by the driver’s finishing
positions from the previous race, Race 3 would also have the added twist of the top
half of the grid being reversed.

This meant Eric Louis from Eric Louis after that. Isyraf Danish long to
would have the advantage However, in the heat of catch Martono who was
of starting from pole the battle the two drivers running in P2 with two
position, ahead of Frost collided, which did not do laps remaining. That battle
and Isyraf Danish. Starting either driver any favour would last all the way to
from P4 was Kahia with in the race for position. flag as the Malaysian tried
Race 2 winner Martono in Though the Kiwi suffered to overtake Martono with
P5 on the grid. damages to his car, he was the pair going side-by-side
A good start by Eric able to continue but began on several occasions. In
Louis saw the Malaysian dropping down the order. what was a near photo
successfully hold on to the Despite the collision, the finish at the finish line, the
lead from a quick starting Malaysian drove a brave Indonesian rookie was
Frost. Strong starts by the race and managed to able to hold on to P2 with
rest of the field also did hold on to P3 as the race Isyraf settling to claim his
see the top five drivers approached mid-distance. third podium finish of the
closely bunched together With Frost comfortably day.
with Kahia defending leading the pack, and Meanwhile, after the
against Isyraf Danish and Martono pulling out a small disappointment of a non-
Martono in what quickly gap, the attention was on finish in Race 1, a strong
developed into a three- the duel for the remaining drive by Frost saw the
way fight for the third and podium position between Singaporean youngster
final spot on the podium. the two Malaysians - Eric claim his first win of the
With battles up and Louis and Isyraf Danish. day.
down the order, it was In a battle that lasted for Finishing just outside of
the fight for the race lead several laps, it was the the podium in P4 was
that attracted the most younger Malaysian who Oman’s Al-Wahaibi ahead
attention as Frost got the would eventually prevail of Gowda in P5 with Eric
better run to overtake as Isyraf Danish began Louis in a brave sixth
Eric Louis for the lead of posting a succession of despite having to nurse his
the race at the start of the quick laps. car home.
second lap. The Kiwi Kahia Lapping consistently
also had a good run and quicker than the front-
began challenging for P2 runners, it did not take
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Danial N. Frost
Presley Martono
Isyraf Danish

Singaporean Danial Frost who snatched victory reversing his misfortunes from a non-finish in Race 1.
52 Race 4 highlights

Race 4
Race 4 (10-Laps, Dry) - The drivers’ second fastest lap time in qualifying would determine the grid for
Race 4, starting on pole position was Martono, with Kahia lined up alongside him in P2. The second
row of the grid meanwhile, was occupied by Isyraf Danish starting from P3 and Frost in P4.
A clean start by all the drivers saw Martono get off to a good start, keeping the lead of the race into
the first sequence of corners, with Kahia not far behind the Indonesian ace. A poor start for Isyraf saw
him drop down the order at the start, dropping him down to P6 on the opening lap.
With Martono and Kahia away at the front, the lion share of the attention in the early phases of the
race was the battle for P3 between Frost and Isyraf Danish.

That
battle would also
draw in Al-Wahaibi, making it a three-way
fight for third.
By lap 4, the situation had again changed with Kahia slowly
picking up the pace to catch the race leader, and the fight
for P3 intensifying between Frost and Isyraf Danish as
the Singaporean tried to defend the position. The
Malaysian youngster would get his opportunity on
the final corner with a brave move on Frost.
Released from the fight for P3, the Malaysian
began closing in on Kahia. After a succession
of quick sector times, the home favourite had
managed to close the gap the Kiwi by lap 6.
That gave Martono the breathing space to
pull away from the ongoing battles that were
taking place behind him.
Carrying more speed than the Kiwi on the
exit of the final corner, Isyraf Danish was able
to overtake Kahia at the start of Lap 8. Once

he cleared the Kiwi, the youngster began chasing down the race leader, lapping nearly three-tenths
faster than Martono, setting up what would be the most intense sprint to the finish line on the final lap
of the race. In yet another near photo finish to the chequered flag, the Indonesian managed to hold
on to the lead, by just six hundreds of a second over the Malaysian, who claimed his fourth podium
finish of the day. Finishing in third was Kahia ahead of Frost, who despite briefly losing position to
Oman’s Al-Wahaibi was able to regain the position for a strong fourth place. The young Omani settled
for P5 ahead of Eric Louis.
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Presley Martono
Isyraf Danish
Faine Kahia
54 Race 5 highlights

Race 5
Race 5 (8 Laps, Dry) - An early start for penultimate race of the season for the young
drivers on Sunday morning promised another exciting race on the cards.

With the starting grid determined by the drivers’


fastest lap times from the previous day’s Race
4, it was Malaysia’s Isyraf Danish who had the
advantage of the pole position start. Lining up
alongside the local youngster was Saturday’s
double race winner, Martono with Kahia and
Frost occupying the second row of the grid.
After a better start, the Malaysian youngster
was able to hang on to the lead, but was quickly
involved in a battle to defend the lead from
Martono. The Indonesian rookie would however
prevail when his overtook Isyraf, the latter having the
task of defending against Kahia. With the field closely

bunched
together in the
opening laps, the pace did eventually
settle as Martono and Isyraf began opening up a gap
to the rest of the field.
By the second lap, the action picked up again this time involving Frost who began challenging
Kahia for P3 and succeeding. The seemingly struggling Kiwi then had the task of defending his track
position against Gowda, who also succeeded in taking P4 away from Kahia at the end of Lap 3.
At the front, another epic duel was on the cards as Isyraf Danish began to hone in on Martono by
the mid-way point of the race. Behind the pair, Gowda was also beginning to close in on Frost, which
quickly developed into a battle royale for the final spot on the podium.
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Presley Martono
Isyraf Danish
Danial N. Frost

The
two engaging
battles would last all the way to
flag, with Martono pulling out all the stops to defend
against the Malaysian teenager; and Frost doing everything in his power
to keep Gowda behind him. Martono and Isyraf again provided another photo finish with the
Indonesian just edging the home favourite the slimmest of margins of 0.085s at the line. Frost would
also prevail after successfully defending against Gowda’s challenge, to finish in P3, keeping the
Indian in P4. Rounding off the top-five finishers was Oman’s Al-Wahaibi. Malaysia’s Eric Louis finished
in P6.
56 Race 6 highlights

Race 6
Race 6 (Dry, 8 Laps, top 50% reversed) With the grid positions determined from the drivers’
finishing positions from the previous race, the sixth and final race of the weekend – which
was also the final race of the inaugural season, also had the added twist of a reversed grid.

This meant that Oman’s Al-Wahaibi


with the advantage starting from pole position ahead of India’s Gowda,
Frost, Isyraf and Martono in positions second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
After a dramatic opening lap melee with all of the drivers jostling for position, it was Gowda who
came out on top taking the lead of the race from Al-Wahaibi. Behind the leading two drivers, there
was plenty of action, including one involving the Kiwi Kahia who made a stunning start to jump
from his P6 starting position to move up to P3. Unfortunately, the Kiwi was unable to keep the
position for long as Martono would take the position by the second lap.
With Gowda and Al-Wahaibi comfortably away, the bulk of the action was concentrated on the
fight for P3 between Martono and Isyraf Danish as well as Frost. By the fifth lap, that battle would
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Akash Gowda
Khalid Al-Wahaibi
Isyraf Danish

become
a four-way fight that included
Martono, Isyraf and Frost, as the field started to close in on Al-Wahaibi.
But as the jostling continued between the Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean youngsters,
AlWahaibi was able to put his foot down and pull away to re-establish a comfortable gap to keep his
second place.
The fight for third spot continued to intensify as the trio jostled each other with the position changing
several times towards the closing stages of the 8-lap race. A brilliantly timed overtake move on the
penultimate lap by Isyraf from fifth position saw the youngster jump both Martono and Frost, one the
Malaysian driver kept all the way to the chequered flag.
Meanwhile, India’s Gowda made Race 6 a memorable comeback with an emphatic race victory after
a difficult and challenging weekend, finishing well ahead of AlWahaibi, with Isyraf Danish rounding off
a weekend that saw the youngster finish on the podium in every race.
58 What is F4
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F2
17+

25
FIA

Asia

20
F3
16+

20
FIA

Asia
20

F4
15+

16

FIA

Asia
20

What is F4?
Launched in 2014, FIA Formula 4 has been created to offer young racing
drivers around the world the opportunity to take the first step from karting
into a professional career in motorsport.
Designed to be a globally recognised yet affordable step from karting to F1, FIA
Formula 4 allows drivers to compare themselves to the best young talent, not only
in their own country, but across other championships around the world.
The recipe is undoubtedly a successful one, as present championships boast
impressive grids, and new regions are in the process of creating their own F4 setups.
Proof of F4’s success - Lance Stroll the first FIA F4 Champion in 2014, joins the Williams F1
team driver line up in 2017.
The FIA-approved F4 car is designed to keep costs down while providing an ideal learning
tool for young drivers who are new to formula racing.
60 What is F4

Interview with Gerhard Berger


TrackRecord interviews Gerhard Is F4 really the perfect stepping
Berger (Ex F1 driver) about stone?
Formula 4 and his involvement It is working well in Italy. It is a
in the development of the full house therealready. The
global format. next three years we have to
Can you explain the thinking of establish it, and there will be
Formula 4? room for 300 cars.
First of all it is important to
define what F4 is. F4 should
be the entry formula of all the
young kids after karting when
they go into motor racing in a
single-seater category and it
should be the first step to direct F4 should be the entry formula
of all the young kids after karting
young kids to F1 – the idea is when they go into motor racing
to have a pyramid to F1: F4, F3, in a single-seater category and it
should be the first step to direct
F2, F1. young kids to F1.

The FIA’s Gerhard


Berger and President
Jean Todt at a round of
the European F3 series
at Pau. F4 is designed
for drivers out of karting.
From F4, F3 is the next
step

What about engine There are different type of Are you confident that the costs
manufacturers? engine and manufacturers will remain low? What will the
The concept is that in each involved. There is Abarth in FIA ’s involvement be once the
country there is a single engine Italy, Ford in the UK, TOM ’S in various series are underway?
supplier. We have a clear frame Japan, Geely, VW etc... There The FIA is trying to put the
of 150-160 HP . The engine has is no development competition concept and the regulations
a certain weight and power and this keeps the costs down. on the table and to coordinate
curve configuration. It means It is not very expensive. it so that it is run with the right
worldwide that we are running With different engine/chassis quality, with the right fairness,
the same car performance. It is suppliers there could be a with the right scrutineering and
not limited to one engine. Each competitive end-of season the right development.
country can see who supports finale, like Macau or the
them as engine manufacturer. Masters that exists for F3.
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Formula 4 in Asia
AAA is the licensed promoter of FIA F4 in the South East Asia region, licenced to host F4/SEA events
in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, India, Thailand and Singapore. The 36-race Formula 4
South East Asia Championship - certified by the FIA, offers a very cost-effective training programme
for young aspiring racing drivers. Run as a single operator championship, race engineering services
are supplied by the multi-championship-winning MERITUS.GP team with European engineering and
coaching support. Shared data and identical equipment ensures driver equality.

The lead FIA-affiliate for F4SEA - Automobile


Association of Malaysia ( AAM )
With a strong motorsports heritage in Malaysia, as the National Sporting Authority (ASN) for all
motorsports matters in the country, the AAM have successfully organised international events. These
include the FIM Road Racing Grand Prix World Championships since 1991; FIM Superbike World
Championship; FIM Endurance World Championship; FIM Asia Road Racing Championship;

FIA Asia Pacific Rally as well as the FIA


Formula 1™ World Championship, the latter
since 1999. In the international motorsports
arena, the Automobile Association of
Malaysia is affiliated to the Fédération
Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA),
Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
(FIM) and the Commission Internationale de
Karting-FIA (CIK-FIA) as their representative
and controlling body in Malaysia.

Formula 4 points Super license points


F4SEA follows the standard F1 points scoring FIA ‘Super License’ points certificate will be
system, with the addition of 1 point for fastest lap awarded to the top 7 placed Drivers in the final
and 3 points for pole. classification of the Championship as follows:
• 1st 25 points • 1st 12 points
• 2nd 18 points • 2nd 10 points
• 3rd 15 points • 3rd 07 points
• 4th 12 points • 4th 05 points
• 5th 10 points • 5th 03 points
• 6th 8 points • 6th 02 points
• 7th 6 points • 7th 01 points
• 8th 4 points
• 9th 2 points
• 10th 1 points
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In its inaugural season, the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship hosts 36 races at 6 Events in
four Asian countries: Sepang (Malaysia), Clark (Philippines), Sentul (Indonesia) and Buriram (Thailand).
In 2017 the Calendar will expand to include India and Taiwan.
The FIA F4 licence franchise permits the SEA Championship to visit seven Asian countries each
season.

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