Monday, January 21, 2013

Berita Litar - Muizzuddin Rules Rotax Max

Using his international experience to great effect, Malaysia’s teenage go-karting sensation Muizzuddin Musyaffa Abdul Gafar was the star of Rotax Max Asia Invitational 2013 as the 11-year old swept aside his rivals and topping all sessions as he took victory at Sepang Go-Kart Circuit.

 Starting from pole position, the CRG factory team driver simply blasted off the grid and lead from start to finish in the 15-lap encounter around the 1,247 meter track yesterday to win the Macro Max category, which witnessed the participation of top young go-kart talents around Asia.

 “I am so happy to win … Hopefully, I can also win in Italy,” said Muizzuddin, whose first race would be the opening round of the WSK Series in La Conca, Italy.

 “It had been a long time since I race in Sepang … but, my team suggested I took part as a warm up event and to prepare myself for Italy. It was not easy as it looked … I had to be on my best,” said Muizzuddin, who would be competing under CRG Gamoto Racing Team at various competitions in Italy in the 60 Mini category for those aged below 13 years old.

 Apart from the  WSK Series, Muizzudddin, who was recently roped in to be a factory driver for the famous CRG chassis, would also compete in CSAI Italian Championship, Italy ROK Series and various regional competitions.

 Organised by KKS, the Rotax Max Asia Invitational 2013 hosted 4 categories of competitions; but it was the Macro Max category that attracted the most attention with the team officials and fans wanting to see the capabilities of Muizzuddin.

 Competing in the mini 60 category, the Iron Man, who started to compete full time in Italy last year, had managed to win two regional meets at Puglia Regional Championship and Sicily Champion Cup in June to pen his name as the first Malaysian to win go-kart races on European grounds. He caught the Malaysian media attention when he was named as the Rookie Cup champion after finishing third overall at the 2012 ROK Italian Cup in September.

 “I am really looking forward to the races in Italy … They are much, much more competitive,” said Muizzuddin, whose charge to victory last weekend only encountered problems in the pre-final race yesterday.

 Muizzuddin was hit from behind in the opening turn; pushing him down to sixth place and forced him to climb back the time sheets as he made daring passing maneuvers to take first place and secure pole position for the actual race.

 He had a huge margin of gap in winning the finals, which saw two top Malaysian karters Asy Johanny and Muhammad Sidqi finishing second and third respectively.

 “It’s nice to start the year with this win … I would like to thank my parents for their support and CRG Gamoto Racing Team for this victory,” said Muizzuddin, who recently received a massive boost to his preparations after receiving an endorsement of support from Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) and deputy minister Datuk Razali Ibrahim.


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