The Grand Finale of the sponsor titled IDEMITSU Asia Road Racing Championship have begun in Chang International Circuit, Thailand.
MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing have prepared new engine for #21 Zaqhwan to fight for the championship points. Practice 1, he has to run-in the engine. After the run-in laps are done he clocks in the fastest lap 1,39;957s. He was motivated with the result. During Practice 2 (Out Lap) in the last corner #59 Ratthapong sudden slowdown which makes #21 Zaqhwan couldn’t avoid him and crash. Team has taken #21 Zaqhwan to the hospital to check on his condition. Rider condition okay with a slight pain. Team have changed on the electronic system (Harness wire & etc.) on the race machine for the race weekend.
On day 2, #21 Zaqhwan still have some pain on his lower back. #21 Zaqhwan will start 8th in the starting grid and #634 Teppei in 11th after the qualifying session.
Race1 begins with more motivation for the team. #21 Zaqhwan doesn’t want to make any mistake to lead the championship. He maintain in the 2nd group until the last lap in the last corner he tries to out-brake his rivals but went over-shot and finishes the race in 10th position. #634 Teppei crashed in the 3rd lap, pit-in, team fix on the injury that occurred and return to race track again to check on the race machine condition for tomorrows race.
Before going out for Race2, teammates gather together with both riders in a circle to cheer them up. #21 Zaqhwan more fired-up in the 2nd group once again without giving up he tries to again at the last corner like in Race1 and overtakes 3 rivals taking him 7th position. #634 Teppei finishes in 13th position.
I’m very satisfied for the Rider Overall & Team Awards. We know that it’s a burden to maintain this championship it’s on Zaqhwan when he is on the track. Team have made the best but when in the track Zaqhwan has to challenge all by himself. Good job to Zaqhwan for finishing the season 2017 with 2nd overall rider championship even though we didn’t get any podium in this grand finale. We also know that Chang Int. Circuit is fast track for the other manufacturers. Zaqhwan has to fight all by himself not like the previous year where he has #52 Zamri Baba & #72 Yuki Takahashi. Teppei in this season 2017 for his overall it’s satisfying as every session he has some improvement on his riding skill but was quite slow. For his future he needs to be more hard working and use Free Practices as soon as possible. I take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors for this cooperation & corroboration in the future. We will accomplish together.