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Seppanen eyes lead retention in F4SEA Sepang round

Finnish driver Elias Seppanen seeks to keep his lead when he battles rivals in the seventh round of the F4 South East Asia Fueled by Petron Championship in Sepang, Malaysia this weekend.

He leads Italian Lucca Allen by a slim 7-point margin going to Sepang, while Oman’s Shihab Al-Habsi is in third overall and remains a threat.

Seppanen has won five of the 24 races so far and is followed by a resurging Allen who has taken eight races. The last two races were won in dominant fashion by Allen, and Seppanen could only muster fourth and second places. Allen has the momentum, but Seppanen won twice in the first two rounds held in Sepang. Al-Habsi had won four races so far.

After 24 races, Finnish driver Elias Seppanen leads the F4 South East Asia Fueled by Petron Championship

Acknowledged as the best series to step up to Formula 1 and GT endurance racing, the Petron F4SEA championship has produced a good number of champions who have moved up to higher forms of racing.

The current Racing Point F1 Team driver Lance Stroll is the first champion of F4 and joins the other great drivers that passed through F4, like Le Mans winner Earl Bamber and Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato.

Crowding out the top leaders are Hadrian David of France and Josh Smith of Australia. David posted the best time in qualifying on Friday with 2:13.343, while Smith took second with 2:13. 541. Seppanen came in third with 2:13.711, while Allen is in fifth after clocking in at 2:14.144.

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David has won three races in the first round in Sepang but has not raced in the other four rounds in Thailand and India. Smith also missed the two Indian rounds and is down to fourth overall.

Hometown driver Muizz Musyaffa is in a good fourth-position to defend Malaysia’s honor with 2:13.953. Al-Habsi came in sixth with 2:14.238, Japan’s Yuma Shoji took the seventh place with 2:14.507, Portugal’s Frederico Peters came in eighth with 2:14.741, and Indian Muhammed Ibrahim took the ninth with 2:14.914.

A total of 14 cars will take to the track this weekend, with the races sure to excite the fans as 1.5 seconds separate the top nine drivers.

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