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Shirendra Lawrence: Caterham Motorsport Championship Races 4 & 5
Another thrilling race for the Supersport class today at the Sepang International Circuit, whilst Tan Pye Sen dominated the 420R class, being the only driver to clock 2m:22s.
Starting second on the grid, Arnaud Dupuis fought Pye in the early stages of the race, sticking to within half a second, but it wasn’t good enough to match the on-form Tan Pye Sen who gradually built his gap to four second and take the win.
Pye drove another dominant win in race two, with Arnaud and Paul finishing the top three.
The most improved driver, Paul Ng finished in third place and scored his fastest ever laps in the championship, breaking the 2:30 mark with a 2:29.
After storming off into the lead, and having no threats for the whole race, Sidqi Ahmad dominated the Supersport class and took a lights to flag win in respectful fashion.
The real fight was for second position as Peter Reynolds and Shirenedra Lawrence was neck-a-neck for the first half of the race, exchanging positions no less than twice each lap. But this battle was enough to allow rookie Henry Davis-Goff to creep up to the fight.
Henry, having not raced in cars before, and this being his first race, was the most impressive driver of the day. After a nervous start and passing Sheran Fernando for seventh overall after the first lap, Henry used his motorcycle racing skills to find the fastest line around the Grand Prix circuit and start fighting for second.
All three cars of Peter, Shirendra and Henry were less than one second for a few laps until pack leader Peter spun at turn 9, allowing Shirendra to take second with Henry keeping calm to avoid the spin, following right behind.
Again, it was multiple exchanges for second place between Shirendra and Henry, whilst Peter regained the pack with only three laps to go.
A fired-up Peter Reynolds wasn’t going to hold any prisoners and took it straight to Henry to regain second position on the inside of turn 10, a very rare move seen in the Caterham Motorsport Championship.
It seemed that turns 1 and 15 was Henry’s favourites as he was able to regain and defend his second position there on every lap from then on. Although losing back to Peter mid-way around the track, Henry was able dive on the inside of both corners.
The last two laps saw Henry Davis-Goff drive a brilliant defensive race to hold of Peter Reynolds to claim his first win in his first ever race, with 2017 Supersport champion Shirendra Lawrence taking third spot.
Unfortunately, Henry wasn’t able to capitalise on his race one result and had to retire in race two after suffering a broken A-frame. But he was impressed with the Caterham weekend: “It was really really fun. I had such a great time in my first race weekend with four wheels. The racing was close and very exciting.”
In race two the field was more spread out with Sidqi winning again in dominant fashion, followed by Peter Reynolds and Shirendra Lawrence.
This weekend saw Daim Hishammudin win ten out of ten races to become the 2017 Caterham Motorsport Championship 420R champion, whilst Halim Mu’Azzam secured his second Supersport championship.
The first race of the day was yet again filled with bumper-to-bumper exciting racing at the Sepang International Circuit.
Daim Hishummudin secured his first Caterham Motorsport championship with another dominant lights to flag victory. This makes Daim the youngest Caterham Motorsports champion ever.
Tan Pye Sen tried his best to keep up with Daim but couldn’t get to within 8 seconds of the Singaporean.
Arnaud had a lonely race as well, finishing third in the 420R class, but received a 10 second penalty for over shooting his grid sport and having to reverse back before the start.
Supersport championship contender Ivan Petev got off to an extra early start by jump starting by a lot, resulting in a ten second penalty.
From that point on it was 10 laps of pure racing battles for the Supersport class with Halim in the lead, Sidqi trying everything to pass him, and the rest of the field exchanging places a few times a lap, between Ivan Petev, Malcolm Chang and Shirendra Lawrence.
After a spin on lap 2 Shirendra spent the rest of his race fighting with Sheran Fernando at the back of the field.
It was great racing in the Supersport class, with drivers pushing each other to the limit. Turns 9, 14 and 4 were the favorite places to pass, often three cars abreast through those sections.
But it was Malcolm Chang who made the break from the pack in the second half of the race, and kept position to cross the line in first, with Ivan Petev forcing himself through the pack to finish a close second, less than 0.100s in front of Sidqi Ahmad.
The final race of the year was one where everyone wanted to finish on top and better before.
Daim’s closest rival – Arnaud Dupuis – got off the best start in his 420R storming off into the lead keeping the young Singaporean in second place as third place runner Pye was close on their heels and eventually taking advantage of the close battle and stealing the lead on lap 3.
The Supersport championship was still in contention with Ivan having to win the race with championship leader Halim having to finish fifth or lower.
Shirendra, making amends for his poor first race, had a strong start pushing his way into the top three from last place on the grid, and as Pye and Daim exchanged the lead in the 420Rs, it was Sidqi fighting Malcolm for the lead in the Supersports.
Halfway through the race Sidqi overshot Turn 1, leaving Malcolm to storm off in the lead and win the race, while Shirendra and Ivan fought it out for second.
It was a tense battle watching Ivan fend off Shirendra and try his best to catch Malcolm for the win, whilst Halim battled midfield.
But Halim had made it to third place whilst Ivan could only settle for second behind Malcolm.
Daim produced another strong drive moving ahead further from Pye in the closing stages of the race to cross the line first, with Arnaud taking the third step on the podium.
It was a sensational year for Daim Hishammudin winning all ten races he competed in, becoming the youngest Caterham Motorsport Champion.
“Race 1 went pretty smoothly, taking the lead early and managing to pull away during the race,” said a jubilant Daim at the end of the day.” “Race two I was having problems with the clutch so I didn’t get the start I wanted to. After that I was able to catch them and push through to the lead. It was a very very good battle with Pye, exchanging places for three or four laps, until three laps to go I think he made a mistake, and I managed to build on that.
“With ten out of ten wins it’s been a great championship, very close racing. I nearly didn’t make it ten out of ten, but I’m very glad, very thankful and blessed to have achieved ten out of ten wins.”
Halim was the strongest Supersports driver, winning his second Caterham Motorsport Championship: “This was probably the most exciting and closest season I’ve raced in the Caterham Motorsport Championship. Coming down to this final weekend, I just had to keep cool and make sure I finish high in the points. It’s been a very fun season, and I’m looking forward to next year.”
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This weekend the Caterham Motorsport Championship joins the Malaysia Speed Festival for their championship deciding finale event for the 2017 season.
All drivers are out in force at the Sepang International Circuit this weekend to fight for championship glory, and get those extra last wins under their belts before the Christmas break.
Looking at the 420R championship, leader Daim Hishammudin has dominated since the fourth race where he started a ten race winning streak to lead the championship by 28 points over Rocky Siow. Rocky needs Daim to DNF in both races this weekend, or at least score only one point if he has any chance of winning the 420R championship.
A big ask, but anything can happen in motorsport. The race is not over until the cars cross the chequered flag.
The Supersport class is another two-way fight for the championship between Halim Mu’Azzam and Ivan Petev, with only 20 points in it. Meaning that Ivan has to win both races with Halim finishing sixth or below in each race. This can certainly happen, as stranger things have occured in the Supersport class over the years.
2016 Caterham Motorsport Champion Shirendra Lawrence will be lookin to upset Ivan to claim second place in the Supersport class. Only 14 points behind Petev, Lawrence is no stranger to the passing game, and has fought through the bottom of the field, to win races before.
So it looks like all the pressure is on Ivan Petev this weekend, who will be very busy trying to beat Halim whilst defending his second place championship standing from a hungry Shirendra Lawrence.
Grandstand entry to Sepang for the Malaysia Speed Festival is free with action starting at 11:45 on Sunday. More details about all the races and activities this weekend can be found here: http://www.msfracing.com/event-info.
Race One of the Caterham Motorsport Championship will be at 13:30 and Race Two at 15:30.
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This weekend sees the Caterham Motorsport Championship head to the Clark International Speedway in the Philippines for the first time, and the penultimate round of the 2017 season.
In line with the championship’s goal of expanding across Asia, the Philippines is the third nation to host a Caterham Motorsport Championship event, along with Malaysia and Thailand.
Event 4 and races 9, 10 and 11 of the Caterham Motorsport Championship will be the support races to the Philippine GT Championship, alongside the Formula 4 SE Asia series.
Racing this weekend will be intense once again as the main championship contenders for each class will be fighting for the outright championship leads in this penultimate round of the 2017 season. Adding to this is the fact that none of the racers have driven on this circuit before, means that the field should be quite level from the outset.
Young super star Daim Hishammudin from Singapore leads fellow countryman Rocky Siow in the 420R class by only 13 points, dominating the second half of the season winning the last five races in a row.
And it’s a three-way fight for the Supersport class standings with Bulgarian rookie Ivan Petev leading experienced Malaysian Halim Mu’Azzam by only 8 points, with the 2016 champion Shirendra Lawrence from Sri Lanka a further 20 points behind.
Host nation Philippines is represented by former Asian Formula 3 contender Tyson Sy and Toyota Vios Cup race winner Jason Choachuy.
Tyson ended a ten-year racing hiatus in September this year when he finished second in the Philippine Endurance Challenge, and tested a Formula 4 SE Asia car. Both drivers are experienced with the Clark circuit, so we should expect them to be close challengers this weekend.
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Event 3 for the Caterham Motorsport Championship was held at the Sepang International Circuit, with Daim Hishammudin and multiple Caterham race winner Gilbert Ang. Both young chargers keen to prove who is number one.
The young stars didn’t fail to put on an amazing show, pushing each other to the limits and racing side-by-side the whole weekend.
All eyes were on Air Asia’s Daim Hishamuddin for third race as he shared the front row with pole-sitter and multiple Caterham race winner Gilbert Ang.
Both drivers dragging side-by-side down the first straight with Daim sneaking on the inside of turn 1 to take the lead, with Tan Pye Sen sitting in a comfortable third.
From that point on the two 420R class leaders were only centimetres apart, exchanging the lead several times each lap, usually out-foxing each other around turns 1, 4, 7 and 9. More evidence of the traditional close racing this Caterham Championship produces each race weekend.
The Supersport class was nothing short of adrenalin pumping with six cars side-by-side, foxing and fighting for the whole race.
It was Malcolm Chang and Shirendra Lawrence who were battling for the lead in the early stages after Ivan Petev had a spin at turn 9. Whilst Sidqi Ahmad, Halim Mu’Azzam, and new comer Yannick Lawrence constantly exchanged places fighting for third and fourth.
After Halim and Shirendra fell back due to worn tyres and spins, it was Yannick, Sidqi and Ivan’s turns to exchange places in the fight for the top three.
On the final two laps, most drivers positioned themselves perfectly around final turn 15, setting themselves up for last minute dashes across the line with Sidqi, Yannick and Halim desperate to clench third place as Malcolm fending off attempts from second place Ivan Petev.
It was another showdown between Daim Hishamuddin and Gilbert Ang in Race 2, as Daim won the start drag to take the lead into turn 1 as Gilbert was slow off the mark.
But that didn’t deter Gilbert as he was back on the heels of Daim, and the two drivers once again spent the race exchanging the lead. Some exciting passing by both drivers, especially Daim who pulled off some great moves on the inside of turns 4, 5 and the hairpin turn 9.
On most laps the lead changed 5 times!
Unfortunately, with three laps to go, Gilbert had to pit and retire from the race as his vision became impaired due to mechanical parts flying off the front of his car.
Tan Pye Sen was holding off watching the battle unfold, and finished a solid second place.
The Supersports didn’t fail to surprise yet again, with Ivan Petev and Malcolm Chang fighting most of the way, as Shirendra Lawrence fox around for the remaining podium spot.
It was a very tight battle for third place with veterans Halim Mu’Azzam and Sidqi Ahmad on each other’s tail, neither driver backing off in the battle. As both drivers stormed towards turn 9 side-by-side, Sidqi found himself on the outside, and with no room from Halim he had nowhere to go and collided with the rear right of Halim’s car, sending Sidqi into the air and retiring in the gravel.
On the next lap, Ivan Petev who was fighting for the lead, passed under the yellow flags and was disqualified from the race.
Further down the field it another close fight between Shirendra and Yannick Lawrence, with Shirendra claiming third place.
So, it was double wins today for Air Asia’s Daim Hishammudin in the 420R class, and Malcolm Chang in the Supersport.
The tension was high at the start of Race 3 with Daim looking to score a hat trick of wins, and his rival Gilbert Ang desperate to cross the finishing line ahead, to make amends for his previous mechanical problems.
It was Daim who shot off to a lightning start, taking the lead into turn 1, with Gilbert storming past Tan Pye Sen, relegating the 2016 champion to third where he would stay for the remainder of the race.
Once again it was edge-of-the-seat excitement with only centimetres between Daim and Gilbert, both drivers racing a perfect race. It was going to come down to whoever would make a mistake.
Each lap the lead changed at least four times with both drivers making controlled risky moves on the inside and outsides of turns 1, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 15.
But it was Daim Hishammudin who fought off last lap attempts by Gilbert to win the third race of the weekend by only 0.200s.
The Supersports were again at it with Sidqi Ahmad and Ivan Petev fighting each other for the lead. The experienced Sidqi was defending well against the rookie, until the final corner of the last lap when Ivan made a last-minute dive on the inside of turn 15. Sidqi was setting himself up for a stronger exit, but Ivan won the drag to take the chequered flag by only half a metre.
The battle for third was intense between Halim Mu’Azzam and Shirendra Lawrence in the final stages of the race after the 420R class battle cut through the field. But it was Shirendra Lawrence who drove a perfect defence to claim third step on the podium.
It was another weekend of intense, edge-of-the-seat racing with both young guns Daim Hishammudin and Gilbert Ang pushing each other to their limits and fighting tooth and nail until the very end.
And with a strong Supersport field, all drivers enjoyed a tough but fair weekend of many battles, rivalries and fun.
The Caterham Motorsport Championship heads to the Clark International Circuit in the Philippines on October 20-22.