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Thursday October 24, 2013 MYT 6:57:00 PM
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by s. ramaguru
Malaysians Akash Nandy (centre) and Afiq Ikhwan (left) finished first and second respectively in Race 13 of the Formula Masters China Series at the Sepang International Circuit last month in this filepic. Akash is 21 points adrift in the standings with three races to go in China beginning on Friday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s 16-year-old racing prodigy Akash Nandy is hoping to overcome a 21-point deficit to try and win the first-ever Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) this weekend.
The event will be the deciding races for the region’s new junior single-seater series, which is being held as part of the Sports Car Champions Festival (SCCF) at the Shanghai International Circuit.
Three races will be held from Friday until Sunday and there are three drivers in contention for the title as the debut season heads towards its thrilling climax. They are 18-year-old Australian Aidan Wright and 22-year-old Malaysian Afiq Yazid, both of Meritus GP, and Akash (Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG).
Wright leads with 178 points after 15 races while Afiq is 10 points adrift in second spot.
Akash is third with 157 points and is the only driver this season to have made a clean sweep in an entire weekend with three straight victories – at the Sepang International Circuit last month.
A total of 55 points will be on offer this weekend.
Akash said that he would try his best to overcome the two riders and claim the title.
“I feel confident after the good showing in Sepang last month. This is the final three races for the series and I hope to go out with a bang. This has been a learning curve for me and the challenge has been good as well. “There is a 21-point gap with the leader but, if I can take the three races, then I have a good chance to win the title,” he said.
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