RMC Asia Round 4 – Victory for Senna, Gezha Sudirman, Arsh Johany, Calvin Wong

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The 4th round of the Rotax Max Challenge Asia series was held at the Sepang Karting Circuit on the 16th-17th of August. Free practice on Saturday started with a wet track, but by the time qualifying and the heats started, it was back to dry racing. Sunday also brought a wet track in the morning warm-ups, but back to dry and scorching hot weather for the races.

Arsh Johany own the large MicroMax field ahead of Muizzudin Musyaffa, while Gezha Sudirman took his first win in Rotax Junior. Calvin Wong overcame a difficult start to take his 2nd win of the year in Rotax Senior. Senna SN led home Melvin Moh in Rotax DD2 with Riki Tanioka taking DD2 Masters honors.
MicroMax StartThe MicroMax grid was a record size for RMC Asia at 28 entries! Malaysian driver Oscar Ng (Prodigy / ARTGP) put in a surprise pole position (last round he was 18th in qualifying) ahead of Muizzudin Musyaffa and Muhammad Sidqi (Malaysia / IS Racing / CRG). By the time the final came around initial pace-setter Ocsar Ng had dropped to 9th on the grid, but he recovered nicely to a 5th place finish. At the front it was Arsh Johany and Muizzudin Musyaffa (both IS Racing / CRG). They had a fairly comfortable margin to 3rd place but their battle brought the rest of the field closer. Arsh Johany led almost the entire race from the front, and despite a final corner challenge from Muizz, he held on to cross the line first just 0.15 ahead of 2nd, and less than a second ahead of the chasing Muhammad Sidqi and Ariel Andhyka Bahran (Indonesia / Stratos / TopKart).
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Presley Martono, Silvano Christian, Senna SN, and Arsh Johany win at RMC Asia Round 3

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Presley Martono, Silvano Christian, Senna SN, and Arsh Johany won the main categories at RMC Asia Round 3 held at the Sepang International Karting Circuit on the 24th-25th of May. The track remained dry and scorching hot throughout the meeting.

Senna SN had a battle on his hands to win the DD2 final. Having dropped down the order at the start he made his way up to challenge Melvin Moh for the lead, but the move resulted in contact between the two forcing Melvin to pit and Senna to drop back a few places. Both drivers blamed each other for the incident. “I knew Senna was going to be faster than me at the early part of the race because we had setup our kart to work later in the race, but I couldn’t avoid contact when he dove it.” Melvin’s comments on pace were backed up by his fastest lap after he had pit for repairs. Senna felt that he got alongside far enough but Melvin turned in on him. Without video to review it’s impossible to say who was at fault, but it’s clear that the rivalry will carry on to future rounds.

Senna fought back and got back past the top 3, overtaking Arnuparp Arphasat for the lead after working his way past James Veerapen. Veerapen finished the race in 2nd just ahead of Arphasat, with a fastest lap time better than the winner’s.

Presley Martono was busy with an exam on friday so he only showed up to Sepang on Saturday. The lack of practice didn’t slow him down any as he put in a dominant performance in the Junior final at RMC Asia Round 3. It wasn’t quite as easy as that however as he had to battle up from 8th place in qualifying. “I knew we were in good shape for the pre-final because I saw Kane’s tyres after heat 2 and they were in bad shape compared to mine.” Early pace-setter (pole position and heat 1 & 2 wins ) had to settle for 7th in the final after 2nd to Martono in the pre-final. David Sitanala drove a solid race to finish the final in 2nd ahead of Barrichello Noor who completed an Indonesia 1-2-3. It wasn’t all bad news for Shepherd however as his strong performance catapulted him into the championship lead as Jakkarin Sirinonthanawech’s 13th in the pre-final and 8th cost him valuable points and dropped him to 2nd in the standings.

Silvano Christian cranked it up for the final of the Senior category taking the lead at the start from 2nd on the grid and holding it to the end of the race for victory. Pole sitter and championship leader Calvin Wong dropped to 4th at the start and was too far behind Silvano once he made it up to 2nd to pose any real threat to the leader. The two drivers set an almost identical pace, and ended the race separated by just over one second, with Lee Wai Cong a further 1.5 seconds behind Wong. Silvano’s win moved him up to third in the standings while Calvin Wong further extended his championship lead ahead of Lee Wai Cong to 14 points, but with 3 rounds remaining the battle is far from over.

Arsh Johany headed a close IS Racing 1-2-3 in MicroMax. He won the race ahead of Muhammad Sidqi and Putera Adam Halim. The first non-IS driver was Alex Brown of Seven Racing in 4th place. The order for the top 4 remained the same as the finishing order for the pre-final, with Timothy Wijaya creating the first change in the standings with his 5th place after 7th in the pre-final. For Muhammad Sidqi round 3 was his first non-win, but a solid 2nd place ensured that he kept the championship lead ahead of teammate Arsh Johany.

The 4th round will be held on the 16th-17th of August at Sepang International Karting Circuit.

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Singapore Karting Championship Round 1

Cadet at SKC Round 1 - Photo © Phil Askey

Cadets at SKC Rd1 – © Phil Askey

Full Race Results (Mylaps)

Alex Brown (Cadet), Nicholas Cook (Juniors), Gabriella Teo (Seniors), Jason Bay (Masters), and Anthony Seow (Master Plus) were victorious at the opening round of the Singapore Karting Championship. The cadet field had 15 drivers – a record for the SKC, with Alex Brown taking the top step on the podium ahead of Ethan Tan and Dominic Quek.

In the Juniors Jon Lee had a nightmare pre-final and final with a loose chain dropping him out of both races, which allowed Nicholas Cook to take the win.

After a second place finish in the Pre-Final Gabriella Teo emerged the winner in the Senior category just ahead of Yeo Hong Yang.

Pictures on the Kartright Speedway Facebook page HERE.

Pictures by Phil Askey on facebook HERE (you need to be logged in to facebook).

More pictures and report by Cheryl Tay HERE.

 

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Teruhisa Tanaka Edges Out Zahir Ali and Calvin Wong at RMC Asia Rd2


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Rotax Senior field headed by Teruhisa TanakaTeruhisa Tanaka (IS Racing/Japan) did just enough to win the Senior category at the second round of the Rotax Max Challenge Asia series held at Speedway PLUS in Malaysia. He held off Zahir Ali (Prodigy/Indonesia) and championship leader Calvin Wong (ART GP Asia/Malaysia).  Starting from pole position Tanaka managed to control the pace at the front, and while it looked like Ali may have closed in enough at times he never quite got close enough to seriously challenge for the lead.  It was a case of all top 3 drivers pushing as hard as they could at an incredible pace and setting very similar laptimes (0.009 seconds covered the fastest laps of the top 3).

For Tanaka and Ali it was a return to form after round one where they finished in 9th and 8th respectively. For Tanaka the win was enough to move him into 3rd place in the championship behind Lee Wai Cong with 4 rounds to go. Calvin Wong more than doubled his points lead – but it’s nowhere near a comfortable margin yet with so much of the championship left. Read the rest of this entry »

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Race Action This Weekend – WSK, RMC Asia

In Malaysia we have the 2nd round of RMC Asia being held at Speedway PLUS, Subang. Live timing available at Race-Monitor.com starting Saturday at around noon Malaysian time. Results link will be posted on RotaxAsia.com.

The WSK Super Master Series has its 3rd and final round of 2014 in La Conca, Muro Leccese, Italy. Watch out for Malaysian driver Muizzuddin Abdul Gafar in the Mini 60 category.

Marino Sato (Japan), Jehan Daruvala (India), Xia Yifan (China), Julien Fong, and Sasakorn Chaimongkol (Thailand) will compete amongst others in KF.

In KFJ the Asian contingent includes James Pull (Singapore), Yue Yung San (China), Yifei Ye (China), Presley Martono (Indonesia), Max Fewtrell (GBR with Singapore background), Kush Maini (India), and Adam Haikal (Malaysia).

Live Stream WSK Super Master Series: http://www.wskarting.it/live_streaming.asp?s=WSK_superMaster
Live Timing WSK Super Master Series: http://www.wskarting.it/livetiming.asp?s=WSK_superMaster
Results WSK Super Master Series: http://www.wskarting.it/results_2014.asp?r=3&c=2&s=WSK_superMaster

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Spain to host Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals 2014


Kartodromo Internacional Lucas Guerrero in Valencia, Spain will play host to the Rotax Grand Finals on the 25th-29th of Novermber 2014.

“We are proud to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the RMCGF, especially in Spain as it will be our first time on the Spanish mainland,” said François Tremblay, marketing director, Rotax kart engines, BRP. “We hope to attract a broad audience thanks to the region’s history of motorsports racing.”

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