PETALING JAYA: Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi of Musashi Boon Siew Honda made clear of his intention to conquer the second leg of the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship with a lap record at the Sentul International Circuit in Indonesia.
Racing in the SuperSports 600cc category, Zaqhwan (pic) stepped up his pace in the final five minutes of yesterday’s afternoon session to clock an impressive 1:30.224, bettering the mark of 1:30.383 set by Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman last year.
Team-mate Mohd Zamri Baba settled for second quickest in 1:30.348 followed by BEET Kawasaki Racing’s
Katsuaki Fujiwara third in 1:30.760.
“Frankly, I don’t know how I could beat Zamri’s time because he was exceptionally fast throughout the practice sessions,” said Zaqhwan.
“This is the first time I came in fastest since joining the SuperSports 600cc category in 2011. It’s overwhelming.”
Zaqhwan said the change of tyres was the major factor in his good showing.
“Based on the data we acquired, it all came down to the tyres,” explained Zaqhwan.
“We went out on medium compound and then switched to the soft compound in the afternoon. It helped improve my lap time significantly. But it is highly unlikely we will use it for the race proper as the surface here is quite rough, causing the tyres to deteriorate faster than usual.
“We will only use the soft compound to get a good start position in the qualifying session tomorrow,” he added.
Meanwhile, Indonesian Gupita Kresna of Kawasaki KYT Rextor Manual Tech broke the 1:55.994 lap record to become the quickest man in the Underbone 130cc class.