Teruhisa 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.