Chris Tan and Alan Wong of Pentagon Racing has extended their lead in the Malaysia Championship Series (MCS) after they were promoted to second place following the disqualification of rivals Hsiao Ting Wei and Desmond Khoo in Round 2 of the series, which was held at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) yesterday.
Doubles winners in Round 1 last month, the Malaysian partnership added 12 additional championship points from the round to take their total tally to 42 points and opening a massive 22-point gap at the top of the Touring Production Class Championship.
In a statement issued today, SIC – the series organizer and promoter – declared that the Taiwanese-Malaysian partnership of N1 Racing Team was disqualified and has been stripped of their second place finish on grounds of technical infringement over the size of their Honda’s throttle body.
Under a revised official Race Classification for Round 2, JC Racing’s Kiefli Othman and Fahrizal Hassan was promoted to the final step of the podium for yesterday’s race, which was sensationally won by Mark Darwin of Team Sakura-Tedco Racing.
Making his debut in the premier Touring Production, Darwin, who won the second tier Malaysia Touring Car (MTC) overall title last year with Indonesian Fitra Eri, completed 22 laps around the 5,543-meter Formula 1 track in the one-hour endurance race in his Honda FD2 machine.
The young Malaysian finished more than 38 seconds ahead of the N1 Racing duo in a race, which saw most of the top drivers struck by technical problems and bad luck. Disqualified by the race officials later, Hsiao and Desmond kept their second placing in the championship with 20 points.
Singapore’s celebrity lady driver, Claire Jedrek, whose race ended after two laps yesterday, remains at third overall with 18 points – two points ahead of Darwin and the JC Racing partnership of Kiefli and Fahrizal, who have 16 points after two races.
In the MTC class, two-time champion Syafiq Ali closed the gap on his Proton R3 Motorsports team-mates Fariqe Hairuman and James Veerapan by winning Round 2 yesterday. With 37 points, Syafiq is just five points behind the Fariqe-Veerapan partnership, who has 42 points after two rounds.
Faidzil Alang of FX Tune Don Racing, who took fourth placing yesterday, is third in the championship standings with 24 points. Defending champion, Fitra Eri of Team Sakura-Tedco Racing is fourth overall with 22 points.
Round 3 of the five-round MCS will be held from June 5 to 7.
Malaysia Championship Series 2015
Point Standings after Round 2 – Top Five Finishers
Touring Production Class
1.Chris Tan/Alan Wong (Pentagon Racing/Honda FD2) 42 pts
2. Tung Wei Hsiao/Desmond Khoo (N1 Racing Team/Honda Integra DC5) 20 pts
3. Claire Jedrek (Team R Engineering/Honda FD2) 18 pts
4. Fahrizal Hasan/Keifli Othman (JC Racing Team/Honda Civic Type R) 16 pts
5. Mark Darwin (Team Sakura-Tedco/Honda Integra DC5) 15 pts
Malaysia Touring Car Class
1.Fariqe Hairuman/James Veerapen (Proton R3 Motorsports/Proton Suprima S) 42 pts
2. Syafiq Ali (Proton R3/Proton Preve) 37 pts
3. Faidzil Alang (FX Tune Don Racing/Proton Satria Neo) 24 pts
4. Fitra Eri (Team Sakura-Tedco) Proton Satria Neo) 22 pts
5. Alvaro Mourato/Gilbert Ang (Team R Engineering/Proton Satria Neo) 20 pts