Afiq IkhwanMalaysian single-seater ace, Afiq Ikhwan, stole the show with a brilliant charge in the qualifying session to sensationally claim pole position for tomorrow’s JK Racing Asia Series race at the Sepang Circuit.

The Meritus.GP driver, who is aiming for the championship lead this weekend, made his intentions clear with a sizzling best lap time of 2 minutes 11.701 seconds to claim the No. 1 spot on the grid tomorrow.

Although in a good position, Afiq’s fully aware that the real test will be in the race. “I’m very nervous about tomorrow. I know it will be a tough race for sure but I can’t wait for it to start. I am feeling pretty good and there’s an overall good feeling for the race tomorrow,” said Afiq, who finished second in the the first two races of the season.

Meritus GP, which has PETRONAS as its key sponsor, was delighted with Afiq’s quickest drive today. Trailing Afiq in second place was Irfan Ilyas who was timed at 2:11.948 while Jimmy Antunes was third with his best run of 2:12.460.

Afiq is currently third in the championship with 30 points. Lucas Auer, who was fourth today, is top of the championship with 34 points while Nabil Jefri (PETRONAS Mofaz) is second with 32 points.

“The team has been working hard on the car for this weekend, and today we found the right set-up. Tomorrow morning we’ll be working on the tyre settings,” commented Afiq, who is also hopeful the weather will hold-up this weekend.

“It has not been too hot these few days and I’m hoping the weather will be good on Saturday and Sunday.”

Weather aside, Afiq knows the real threat for him will come in the form of Lucas and Nabil. “They are obviously my main concern.”

In the free session earlier today, Afiq was third with a time of 2:12.549. He snuck in just behind Lucas and Nabil. As it was a free session, Afiq did not go flat out and was saving himself for the official session later in the afternoon.

Akash also had a good warm-up in the free session and finished sixth fastest with a time of 2:13.295. Teammate Andrey Khrapov was 11th while Raj Bharath was 15th in the free session.

Formerly known as Formula BMW Pacific, the Series is now run under Motorsport Asia with the backing of Indian tyre manufacturer, JK Tyre & Industries.

The level of competition in the Series has increased as evidenced right from the start, with the top eight qualifiers coming in within one second of one another. There was plenty of action throughout the two races with battles all the way down the order right to the closing stages of the races, and more of the same is expected during the AFOS event.

Rounds 3-6 of the JK Racing Asia Series will be held as part of the Asian Festival Of Speed event on 28-29 May at Sepang International Circuit. This will be the second outing in Malaysia before the Series travels to Indonesia, China, Singapore and India.

www.Meritus.GP are the most successful team in the history of the series, having won seven consecutive team titles and five of the Drivers’ titles.