May, Sepang -
Marchy Lee marked his return to the racing
scene with a pole to flag win during the
Super Sprint race of the Formula V6 Asia
at Sepang International Circuit today.
Prior to the race, Lee mentioned “It was a
good surprise and I am happy for the
surprise pole position that I received as
we had some troubles during the qualifying
with our tyre pressures. The race will be
close and it will be a great race”.
And a close race it was, but not for the
Hong Kong native, who took off after the
green light and never looked back.
Lee, who is racing for Team Meritus,
immediately credited the win to the team
“I have to thank the team, Peter Thompson
and my sponsors for supporting me for this
race. It feels good to be back” said Lee
during the Post Race Press Conference.
American driver, Seth Ingham came in
second after a good start from the CT
Motorsport driver. Ingham was also quick
to thank his team for their efforts “The
team did a great job in the short time
span that we had to prepare and I have to
Ingham almost did not finish the race when
he suffered a punctured tyre as a result
of contact with backmarker Jeffrey Lee on
the last lap. “Towards the end of the
race, I had to nurse my tyres and finally
four turns to the finish it defllated, but
I made it back to finish the race in
Crossing the line behind him was
Indonesian driver Satrio Hermanto who made
an impressive debut at the circuit. His
race was a hard fought battle with
Taiwanese Hanss Lin but the Team Meritus
driver played a smart race and pushed Lin
to the limit and by lap 18, Hermanto took
the inside of turn 1 to take the
“It feels good to be here and it was a
good race for me. It was hot out there”
said a relieved and happy Hermanto.
The race ended with Lee crossing the line
with a total time of 20:21.068, 6.703
seconds ahead of Ingham and 9.669 second
ahead of Hermanto.
A drama filled Qualifying session, which
saw a complete reshuffle of the grid after
multiple drivers had their times
disallowed for setting them during a
yellow flag period, saw original
pole-sitter Aarman Ebrahim starting from
fourth position. His day just got worse
when he made contact with Karl Reindler on
lap 5 which put him out with broken front
The battles in the Asian Festival Of Speed
will continue on Sunday at Sepang
International Circuit, beginning at
10.30am with Round 2 of the Asian Touring
Car Series, followed by two Formula BMW
Asia and Porsche Carrera Cup races and the
Grand Race of the Formula V6 Asia.
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