FV6A: Series AFOS race one report

Al Fardan Marks Return to FV6A with a Spectacular Victory Bahraini Hamad Al Fardan made a welcome return to the Formula V6 Asia and immediately took the lead in the series with a Sprint race win during the Asian Festival of Speed at the Sepang...

Al Fardan Marks Return to FV6A with a Spectacular Victory

Bahraini Hamad Al Fardan made a welcome return to the Formula V6 Asia and immediately took the lead in the series with a Sprint race win during the Asian Festival of Speed at the Sepang International Circuit today.

The 21-year-old Dyna Ten Motorsports driver was quick out of the blocks to take a comfortable lead but his advantage was taken away as an incident by Aerosport's Singapore driver Hafiz Koh forced the safety car to be deployed.

"It was surprisingly not as hot as I imagined it would be but I still could not get the times I wanted," said Al Fardan.

"I got off to a good start but the start after the safety car went in I missed a gear forcing me to push hard to make a gap," said Al Fardan.

Dubbed the Rain King of Bahrain, Al Fardan finished the 10 lap race in 25:54.989s, 12.698s ahead of American driver Kevin Chen of Champ Motorsport.

Al Fardan's teammate Charlez Ro was third as he recorded a total time of 26:07.954s.

Chen and Charlez had a close battle after the safety car pitted with never more than half a second between them to the chequered flag.

"The second start was tough as Charlez was close behind me and I had to be on my toes to hold him back," said Chen.

"However, my experience in the GP2 Asia has forced me to increase my physical strength which has helped me today," he added.

As for Charlez, he was pushing all the way to the finish line as he finished only 0.3s behind Chen.

"It was difficult to get passed him (Chen) which I had to back out a few times despite confident of being able to overtake him but I kept the pressure on till the end," said Charlez.

"Tomorrow's race will be another tough one but hopefully I will find a gap at the start to go for the win," he added.

Late entries Georffrey Erik Kwong and Dilantha Malagamawa of Dilango Racing finished fourth and fifth with a total of 26:28.932s and 27:20.835s respectively.

The 18 laps Grand Race will be held tomorrow.

-credit: afos

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Hamad Al Fardan , Hafiz Koh , Kevin Chen