Al Fardan Makes it Four for Four It was another spectacular outing for the Formula V6 Asia where Hamad Al Fardan took home his fourth consecutive win in the fourth race of the 2009 season. Rain started to pour down on the circuit once again in...
Al Fardan Makes it Four for Four
It was another spectacular outing for the Formula V6 Asia where Hamad Al Fardan took home his fourth consecutive win in the fourth race of the 2009 season.
Rain started to pour down on the circuit once again in the early morning hours leaving teams and drivers to dwell on the conditions of the track but an hour before the race, the sun rose and dried up the track but the conditions were still slippery and tricky.
It was so slippery that Malaysian driver, Faisal Hakimi spun out and had to park the car by the curb just on the warm up lap.
It was a good clean start to the race where Geoffrey Erik Kwong made a fantastic start from third to part the two leading cars down the middle but both Al Fardan and Ro-Charlz did not give in and pushed on to maintain their first and second into turn 1. From there the positions stayed all the way to the finish line 12 laps later when Al Fardan took his fourth straight win of the season.
"It was a great race. I didn't really have a good start, I had a lot of wheel spin but I managed to keep my position into the first turn. I had a lot of understeer the first two laps and Charlie pushed me a little in the first couple of laps but as soon as my tyres were warm, I pushed a little harder.
"To win the first four races is good but not enough, in the points system were are so close and Charlie has been getting seconds. For Sentul we have to stay the same and try to focus on testing and to set up the car. I do want to thank the team, my sponsors and my father for the weekend" said a happy Al Fardan at the Post Race Press Conference.
The Australian driver, Charlz claimed his third second placed finish of the season so far and now lies second on the championship points table behind his Bahraini teammate.
At the start, Charlz was challenged by Kwong, who managed to get on the outside and was right next to Charlz heading into turn 1 but Charlz was able to stay ahead and began to put pressure on Al Fardan.
"I didn't get that good of a start but I managed to pull alongside Hamad at the start. Geoffrey had a really good start and went around the outside. I didn't want to risk too much in the first corner and it was greasy from the rain before the race so I wasn't going to do anything silly in the first corner.
Charlz also was bogged down by a new setup that he and his team wanted to try out, which proved to be unsuitable for him.
"We tried something really radical on the setup which really didn't work out for us because the rear was really bad. It was a bit of guess work because of the rain this morning and we were not sure what the track will be like so we thought we would try something but unfortunately it didn't work out. It was a bit of a shame as it would have been fun to challenge Hamad and give him a good battle at least" he concluded.
Although Kwong had a good start, he was not able to overtake either one of the drivers ahead of him and had to settle with his second third placed finish of the season. "It was a good start and that's the best I can do for now. I think I need a lot more practice to keep up with Hamad and Charlie, they are two very quick guys.
"It has been a great weekend, two podiums in only my second weekend. I'm very happy" concluded the Champ Motorsport driver.
Mark Williamson and Champ Motorsport driver, Michael Ho provided some interesting race action at the start of the race. Ho started the race driving down turns one and two side by side with his teammate before losing third to Kwong. Then on lap two, Williamson managed to find a way past the second Malaysian driver, Kiefli Othman driving for Dilango Racing, and then immediately caught up to Ho.
One lap down, the Australian began pushing Ho and the Macau driver made a mistake on turn 11 and took it too wide leaving Williamson with an opportunity to pass. Williamson then broke away from Ho to cross the line fourth with Ho completing the top five.