Afiq Ikhwan Yazid of Malaysia took the pole position in the first of the final-four races of the inaugural JK Racing Asia Series at the Sepang International Circuit on Saturday.
The season-ending race weekend was to be held at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida on November 26 and 27, but had to be shifted to Sepang following the BIC owners, Jaypee Sports, decision to close the circuit till March for maintenance issues.
The resulting logistical issues meant that India's Meco Racing, which was to field four Indian drivers, was unable to make it to Sepang in time. The previous round of the series, held as a support race for the Indian Grand Prix, had seen eight Indian drivers take to the grid, thanks to representation from Meco Racing as well as the colourfully named Meco Ministry of Speed.
Austria's Lucas Auer leads the standings with 235 points while Yazid lies second with 203 points.
The writer's trip has been sponsored by JK Tyre.