At the end of a successful collective test, the South East Asia Formula 4 Championship gears up for its inaugural race this weekend. The first round, like five of the six events, takes place at the Sepang International Circuit, as a support to the Asian Le Mans Series.
The FIA backed championship, born out of the ashes of the AsiaCup Series will be run by the Asian Autosport Action Group (Triple A) and Meritus.GP. The Malaysian outfit will allow the drivers to use each other’s data, ensuring fair competition amongst the drivers.
The car, which has been F4 homologated, will run at 160bhp and use a 2000cc naturally aspirated Renault engine. It’ll be one of the most powerful Formula 4 engines, though it will keep the series in line with its neighbours in the Japanese and Chinese championships.
Peter Thompson, Chairman Triple A: “We are fantastically proud after a huge amount of energy and planning to finally have the first F4 race in South East Asia. Sincere appreciation is due to our special supporters who have invested in our enthusiasm to motivate Asian youth to take up careers in the sport, by way of our world-class FIA-certified championship.”
F4SEA will be the only FIA Formula 4 series to use Renault engines. However, they have decided to utilise the Mygale chassis, as seen in the British, Mexican and Australian championships. Meanwhile, last season’s AsiaCup champion Jordan Love has announced that he’ll be rejoining the re-branded series.
“Winning the AsiaCup championship has been tremendously important for my career.” said Love “I’m a big supporter of Asian motorsport and I can’t wait to be back racing F4 in Asia – I’m smiling already!”
The Australian also competes in his own national F4 series, where he lies third. As a result he’ll likely act as yardstick to assess the progress of the series, showing how competitive it will be compared to F4SEA’s rival series.
Love is not the first driver to be announced though, with at least two Indian’s confirmed. According to motorsport.com, karting stars, Akash Gowda and Mohammed Nalwalla will also be present, while Nayan Chatterjee has announced his intention if he can collect the budget.
The top three in the F4 standings will be awarded a Formula Renault 2.0 test to help the drivers to further their career. The champion will also receive a test in a the now-defunct GP2 Asia car.