SEPANG: Australian youngster Charlie Rowan put behind last year’s painful memories to win the 2004 Formula Malaysia race at the Sepang F1 Circuit here yesterday.
“Obviously, I am very glad with yesterday’s win especially having failed last year on the very last lap after being hit by another driver,” said the 19-year-old Aussie, who is currently concentrating on international go-kart competitions in Malaysia, Spain and Australia.
Despite a gallant effort, Malaysian Faizal Hakimi had to be contented with second placing while Mikko Nassi of Finland was third.
In the race, organised as one of the support races for the Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix for a third consecutive year, Rowan was closely chased to the chequered flag by Faizal and Nassi.
Dedicating his win to team manager Rodney Gilbert, Rowan said: “It was a difficult race for me as my Formula Hayabusa engine encountered gear problems mid-way through the 10-lap race.”
Meanwhile, Malaysian Rizal Ramli won the opening round of the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia by leading the race from pole to the chequered flag.
In second place was Germany’s Sven Herberger while Charles Kwan of Hong Kong was third.