SEPANG: Eric Yeo put his title defence back on track again when he won the second round of the Malaysian Super Series Championship at Sepang F1 Circuit yesterday. But not before going through some agonising moments with race officials.
The Speed Mag Racing driver had to wait for race officials to deliver the final verdict after main rival Eddie Liew filed an official protest over an incident concerning the duo.
Eddie, who won the opening round last month, complained that Eric had bumped into his car and cost him victory in race one.
Eric, the race winner, was issued with a caution later and Eddie finished third.
Although Eddie won the second race ahead of Eric, it was not enough to land him the overall win.
“I explained to the officials that I did not do anything wrong in the incident.
“Our cars touched as we were fighting for the lead,” said Eric.
Eddie was second but the additional 15 points still gave him a total of 35 points and a firm grip in the Supersixteen overall standings.
Eric bagged 20 points for his efforts yesterday after failing to score a point in the opening round.
There was also drama in the battle of the Supercars after Tengku Djan Ley of Team Lotus Asia Pacific surprisingly took the overall honours.
While the first race was incident-free, the second race had all the thrills and suspense.
Jimmy Low had to retire after his Ferrari F355 car caught fire early in the second lap as he was speeding along the start-finish straight.
Jeffrey Wong, who won the first race on his Mazda RX7, was cruising to victory before his rear tyre came undone at the last turn of the penultimate lap, allowing Aminuddin Omar to lead.
Aminuddin's Porsche GT3, however, caught some debris on the track and the car skidded into the grass, giving Tengku Djan the victory.
LEADING ROUND TWO RESULTS
Race one (15 laps): 1. Jeffrey Wong (Maxda RX7) 17:43.101, 2. Tengku Djan Ley (Lotus Elise) 18:01.116, 3. Aminuddin Omar (Porsche GT3) 18:12.879, 4. Ron Lim (Mazda RX7) 18:15.270, 5. Chin Jit Pyng (Nissan Skyline) 18:34.840.
Race two (15 laps): 1. Tengku Djan Ley (Lotus Elise) 18:01.116, 2. Ron Lim (Mazda RX7) 18:15.270, 3. Aminuddin Omar (Porsche GT3) 18:12.879, 4. Chin Jit Pyng (Nissan Skyline) 18:34.840.
Race one (15 laps): 1. Eric Yeo (Honda Civic) 20:01.327, 2. Lai Wee Seng (Honda Civic) 20:10.930, 3. Eddie Liew (Honda Civic) 20:12.952, 4. Kok Pak Chiang (Honda Civic) 20:29.954, 5. Chong Fu Seong (Honda Civic) 20:30.623.
Race two (15 laps): 1. Eddie Liew (Honda Civic) 19:53.490, 2. Eric Yeo (Honda Civic) 19:56.825, 3. Chong Fu Seong (Honda Civic) 20:18.264, 4. Kok Pak Chiang (Honda Civic) 20:18.901, 5. Lai Wee Seng (Honda Civic) 20:20.787.
Race one: 1. Keith Perkins (Suzuki GSXR) 13:55.649, 2. Brent Odgers (Ducati) 14:09.466, 3. Lee Ching Hooi (Yamaha R1) 14:11.962. (race stopped at lap 13).
Race two (15 laps): 1. Lee Ching Hooi (Yamaha R1) 17:21.436, 2. Brent Odgers (Ducati) 17:26.412, 3. Poul Erik (Yamaha R1) 17:27.139.