Asia Max Challenge 2014 (Round 3)
24-25 May 2014, Malaysia Sepang International Karting Circuit.
Asia Max round 3 was originally scheduled to be held at Pekan but then it was changed to Sepang. Jon is returning to race at the track where he experienced the kart flipping incident. For this round, the team arrive earlier on Thursday evening to test. After just a few sessions, it seems that Jon is already up to pace. Confidently preparing to go faster on Friday but further testing revealed some problems with the engine and set-up. As the track condition changes, Jon’s pace seems to be getting worst.
Sat Qualifying saw Jon only managed to secure 26th position from the 35 drivers. The qualifying time he set was much slower than Fridays’ testing times. It was definitely not the position that the team anticipated as compared to the last race at Elite where Jon qualified 8th. Nevertheless, he was able to gain back some positions in Heat 1 and 2, 16th and 19th respectively.
In Pre-Final, Jon starts from position 17th but a pile up in turn one saw Jon dropped all the way to the back and he can only complete the race at 28th. In the Final, Jon’s engine seemed to have severe power loss. Even after gaining some positions, he was not able to defend on the straights and eventually ended at 24th position. The team immediately started investigating the engine and kart set-up thoroughly to find the root of the problem upon returning. It can be see that due to Jon’s physique change as he grows taller, the set-up is no longer suitable. Based on that, the team worked to re-set the kart in every aspect and will test to find the right ones before next race in Perlis.
Perlis will be a new track for everyone and Jon is hopeful to regain his performance again.