PUNCHANA, POLE-TO-FINISH IN RACE 1 AT SENTUL

Qualification and Race 1 took place on day 2 of the 2017 SUZUKI ASIAN CHALLENGE (SAC) Round 4, being held at Sentul International Circuit in Bogor, Indonesia.

With 5 rounds in the season, this round will be an important round for the title contenders. SAC has seen four winners this season: #29 Mario Borbon Jr. (Philippines), #16 April King Mascardo (Philippines), #17 Tetsuya Fujita (Japan), and #78 Punchana Kulrojchalalai (Thailand). Punchana leads in the point standings, leading into this round at Sentul.

Qualification was held in the morning, Punchana took back-to-back pole position with a lap of 1’59.711, while local favorite #11 Ahmad Saugi Muchtar (Indonesia) came 2nd within just 0.009 seconds off Punchana. Mascardo came in 3rd filling up the front row of the grid. 2016 SAC Champion, #1 Jefri Tosema (Indonesia) came in 4th.

Green flag for Race 1 was waved at 16:10, with pole sitter Punchana taking the whole shot. As any other races we have seen in SAC this season, the whole field raced in a pack for the first couple of laps. The leader changed at almost every corner of the race, with the riders going 4-wide and 5-wide on the straights. The race continued on like that until the final lap, when #27 Nur Alfath Sam Ahmad (Indonesia) and Tosema crashing out. Punchana crossed the finish line on top, making it his third consecutive win from Suzuka.