Four races over three days get set to decide the winner of the 2021 ATC as the lights prepare to go out in Indonesia
After Free Practice and qualifying last weekend, the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup now returns to Mandalika International Street Circuit for lights out, with four races set to decide the crown in a bumper final round. One race on Friday, two on Saturday and one on Sunday gives the grid maximum track time, as well as putting an incredible 100 points on the table.
The grids for Races 1 and 2 will be set from qualifying last weekend, so it’s Danial Sharil on pole first as he attempts to cut down his points deficit to Taiyo Furusato after the Japanese rider made it a clean sweep at the Qatar and Doha Grands Prix. Furusato, in turn, starts down in sixth – so he has some work to do to keep his winning streak going. Carter Thompson is second, the Australian within a tenth of Danial Sharil, with Masaya Hongo completing the front row. Will that shuffle once the lights go out?
For Races 3 and 4, another qualifying session will take place on Saturday morning, giving the grid chance to hit back against Danial Sharil and Thompson as they currently sit a couple of tenths clear of the field. Those just behind as it stands – the likes of Gun Mie, Kanta Hamada and Furusato – will be eager to do so, having started the season with some serious speed in Qatar, all on the podium.
For the Indonesian riders, meanwhile, it’s a huge weekend. With four chances to take to the top step now on offer, Fadillah Aditama currently leads the home charge on the first grid, but Herlian Dandi, Herjun Firdaus and wildcards Reykat Fadillah and Veda Pratama will all want some of the action, with home glory up for grabs in front of one of the most passionate crowds possible.
Race 1 gets underway at 16:15 (GMT+8) on Friday the 19th of November, before Race 2 at 12:00 and Race 3 at 16:30 on Saturday. Sunday rounds out the season with Race 4 at 12:00.