PETALING JAYA: Malaysian newcomer Mitchell Cheah raised local cheers when he was crowned the event champion in the Formula 4 South East Asia (SEA) Championship fuelled by Petron at the Sepang International Circuit.
At each event of the one-make championship, in recognition of his performance over the six-race weekend, a driver is crowned event champion.
The event championship title is scored on reverse points. This means that every race winner gets a point, second gets two points and so on. The overall winner has the least points overall.
A total of 13 drivers from around the world took to the challenging Sepang track over the last three days in the hopes of clinching the event champion’s title.
Daniel also had a race victory but Mitchell won the tie-breaker based on the fastest lap he did in the last race.
Mitchell also scored his second podium after finishing third in Race 4.
“I didn’t expect this at all. I thought that it was just going to be a six-race weekend. My goal was just to get the best results possible and I was delighted to learn that I was the event champion,” said Mitchell, who won the Malaysia Championship Series title last year.
Two-time event champion Daniel was just inches away from the trophy.
“I was so close to taking the trophy. I need more experience and I’ll do better next time,” reiterated the Shanghai-born driver.
Kane Shepherd from Thailand came in third overall with 26 points, followed by Japan’s Hibiki Taira with 28 points.
Formula 4 SEA will return to Sepang for the final event of the 2017-18 season and the dates will be announced by the promoters.