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After last month’s announcement of the FIA-certified Formula 4 South East Asia Championship (F4SEA), promoters Asian Autosport Action Group or Triple A recently previewed the new championship race car at the Sepang International Circuit.

French racing car manufacturer Mygale will supply 20 identical units of the chassis for F4SEA, in line with the championship’s vision of one-team, one-make and one-cost. The carbon fibre monocoques are said to be the safest in the world with the highest levels of innovation in terms of safety.

Organised as an FIA single organisation championship, like its predecessor AsiaCup series, F4SEA is designed with the objective of ensuring a cost-effective transition into formula racing. It uses the F1 race points award system, with each of the top five successful drivers earning valuable FIA Super License points.

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It is the only series of its kind in the South East Asian region and costs 100,000 euros (RM476,722 at current rates) for up to 30 races. The all-inclusive driver’s fee includes registration, entry fees, race-car, race engineering services, consumables, logistics, race tyres, European engineers and driver coaches. The only extras are testing, wet tyres and any damage incurred.

“With the F4SEA championship concept, the financial barrier from karting to other racing formula is removed. Not only thanks to Mygale the latest existing technology is applied to the chassis, but also makes the championship cheaper than most international kart championships,” said Firhat Mokhzani, MD of Triple A.

Certified by the FIA, F4SEA is an upgrade of the current AsiaCup Series format. The season is provisionally scheduled to commence from July 2016 with rounds in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan and India. The full calendar will be announced at a later date.