Lee’s Pole to Flag Win in FV6A


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 thank them”.

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 second.”

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 advantage.

“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 suspension.

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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