Asia Max Challenge 2014 (Round 2)
26-27 April 2014, Elite Speedway Malaysia
It has been one and a half months after Jon’s horrific race incident during AMC Rd1, as Jon prepared himself to race again. This time, he will be using the Kosmic kart from his AKOC 2013 races.
|Picture courtesy of www.rotaxasia.com (Mr Ben Leong)|
Anticipating wet races, Jon headed to Elite Speedway to regain his racing confidence again. Qualifying on Saturday was quite reasonable for Jon as he managed to secure position 8th from 32 drivers. In heat 1, the start was good as he avoided a pile up at turn 1 but soon found himself being pushed into the grass at turn 4. After dropping to the back of the grid, he climbed his way back to 15th.
On Sunday morning, heat 2 started without much incident and Jon was trying to catch the front runners. After about 6 laps, it seems that his kart was losing power while exiting the corners. Jon struggled to keep his pace and ended the 15 laps in position 12th. The situation did not improve for the Pre-Final where he eventually finished at 15th position. In the Final, the team was hoping for the rain as engine power will be less of a factor. The rain did fall eventually but if was after the Juniors race has ended. As the engine problem persisted, Jon can only finish the race at position 17th. After some debriefing, it was found that some carburation issue may have caused the lacking in pace after certain laps.
|Picture courtesy of www.kartingasia.com|
Next round will be changed from Pekan track to Sepang. Hopefully, the team will be able to eliminate the engine issue.