The second leg of the Indian double header of the 2018 Formula 4 Southeast Asia (F4 SEA) championship took place last weekend at the Madras Motor Race Track. The event saw Malaysians winning two of the three races, including Muizz Musyaffa and Alister Yoong, son of former Formula 1 driver Alex Yoong.

Frenchman Alessandro Ghiretti kicked off proceedings in qualifying, securing pole position with a time within the 1 min 37 sec mark, and promptly winning the first race after holding off Muizz (who later retired and was found to have jumped the start) coming into the first corner.

Further back, Thailand’s Kane Shepherd finished second ahead of Belgian Antoine Potty after a collision between the two drivers. Potty was also found to have jumped the start and was given a 30-second penalty, putting him fifth and promoting Ireland’s Luke Thompson to third.

In the second race, Yoong, who started third, overhauled Potty and Japanese driver Ryo Komikado by the second corner, followed by Thompson and Ghiretti. A crash between the two dropped Thompson down the order, and Ghiretti began to chased down Yoong. The latter held on to take his first F4 victory, while Potty finished third.

After retiring from the first two races, Muizz started the third race in pole position and led the field, while Shepherd jumped to second and Ghiretti passed India’s Chetan Korada and Komikado to take third. The ensuing tussle between Shepherd and Ghiretti allowed Muizz to extend his lead, and although Ghiretti ultimately found his way past Shepherd, it was not enough to prevent the Malaysian from taking victory.

Ghiretti was still the event champion, however, bagging a solid haul of 67 points across the three races, compared to Shepherd’s 45 points and Yoong’s 41. The circus heads off to Buriram, Thailand next week for another double header and will return to Sepang in November.