SEPANG: It was a wonderful sight on the final day of the FIA Formula 4 South East Asia (F4SEA) Championship fuelled by PETRON as Malaysian drivers Muizz Musyaffa, Isyraff Danish and Nazim Azman found themselves on the podium at the Sepang International Circuit.
Three final races took place on the final day yesterday but it was in Race 6 that local fans were treated to great excitement as Muizz and Isyraff concluded the season with a fabulous 1-2 finish.
Adding to the feat, Muizz was also on the podium earlier after coming in second in Race 4 while Nazim, among the leading contenders in the overall championship, took third spot in Race 5 behind eventual winner Presley Martono of Indonesia and France’s Alessandro Ghiretti.
Muizz was in great form and showed composure throughout the final races, starting from pole in Race 4 but was unfortunate to lose his lead at turn 4 of Lap 4 in an incident-filled race. The 16-year-old did well to hold on to his second spot until the end.
“It was a great and happy day indeed. I did what I had to do, which is to get onto the podium.
“It’s a great weekend as this is my first achievement as winner since the F4 season started in September last year. I struggled with my tyre earlier but overall, I’m happy with the weekend’s outcome,” said Muizz.
Isyraff said he had to endure some stiff challenges in Race 6 as Martono and Thai Kane Shepherd were breathing down his neck towards the end of the race.
“It’s very hard in the last four laps but I managed to keep my composure to avoid any untoward incidents,” he said.
Nazim, who took the third spot in Race 5, was happy that he finally made the podium despite challenges on the track.
“I was struggling with my tyre but I managed to hold on to keep my third spot,” said Nazim.