Singaporean Daim Hishammudin could not hold onto his perfect start in the ROTAX ASIA Championship, finishing 5th in Round 3, after an accident towards end of the race.
The incident happened in lap 16 of the 20 lap race. Daim who was in second position, overtook Mitchell Cheah of Malaysia. A tussle ensued and both drivers ended up on the grass. Keyza Santoso of Indonesia who was lying 3rd, was the main beneficiary, taking the chequered flag ahead of Low Kent Jun of Malaysia and Veravich Wonsanganan of Thailand.
Daim qualified 2nd out of 28 drivers in the time trial and finished 2nd in both Heats 1 and 2. Starting 3rd in the pre-final, he finished 1st, to take pole for the final. Cheah overtook him in lap 10, setting the stage for a potentially explosive finish. The spectators were not disappointed, as the battle after that showed both drivers not giving an inch in wanting to take the finishing line.
“It is both disappointing and frustrating” said Daim. “I had the line and Mitchell chose to move across the track, pushing me into the grass”. “We tangled and in the end, both lost places”.
Cheah ended the race in 19th position.
Daim still leads the championship, with 3 more rounds to go.