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Published: Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:32:05 AM

Azlan enters history books by becoming first Malaysian to win 600cc event

Scoring a first: Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman celebrates after winning the SuperSports 600cc title in the
2013 Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) in Sepang yesterday.

Scoring a first: Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman celebrates after winning the SuperSports 600cc title in the 2013 Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) in Sepang yesterday.

PETALING JAYA: Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman revved up his season in the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) in style by becoming the first Malaysian to win the SuperSports 600cc category at the Sepang International Circuit yesterday.

The Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing ace won Race 1 after clocking 27:41.697. BEET Kawasaki Racing’s Katsuaki Fujiwara of Japan was second in 27:41.706.

Both riders swapped places in Race 2 with Fujiwara claiming the chequered flag in 27:40.417, only 0.065 seconds ahead of Azlan. Both share the lead in the overall standings on 45 points.

Azlan was pleased with his two podium finishes .

“We had a great bike setting and it enabled me to ride to the maximum to win Race 1. Sadly, I couldn’t repeat it in Race 2,” said Azlan.

“There was a lot of jostling in Race 2. Fujiwara and I were very close to each other and we came into contact on several occasions.

“I was determined to win and I gave it a 110% effort. But by the time we hit the final lap, the tyres had already worn out and I was sliding all over the place,” he added.

In the Underbone 115cc, Ahmad Afif Amran topped the overall standings with 41 points after finishing both the races on the podium.

The Petronas Hong Leong Yamaha rider clocked 19:49.251 to finish third in Race 1 behind winner Kazuki Masaki of Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing (19:44.188) and Hadi Wijaya of R9 Racing Team (19:49.220).

Ahmad Afif stepped up his pace in Race 2 to take the chequered flag in 19:44.791. Hadi finished second in 19:44.825 while Mohd Affendi Rosli powered his Honda to third spot in 19:44.833.

Results

SuperSports 600cc

Race 1: 1. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Honda) 27:41.697, 2. Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki) 27:42.706, 3. Mohd Zamri Baba (Yamaha) 27:44.00, 4. Ryuta Kobayashi (Honda) 27:47.911, 5. Makoto Tamada (Honda) 27:47.950.

Race 2: 1. Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki) 27:40.417, 2. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Honda) 27:40.482, 3. Makoto Tamada (Honda) 27:46.399, 4. Ryuta Kobayashi (Honda) 27:51.040, 5. Tomoyoshi Koyama (Honda) 27:57.161.

Leading individual standings: 1. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Honda) 45 pts, 2. Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki) 45, 3. Makoto Tamada (Honda) 27, 4. Ryuta Kobayashi (Honda) 26, 5. Tomoyoshi Koyama (Honda) 20.

Leading team standings: 1. BEET Kawasaki Racing 45 pts, 2. Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing 45, 3. Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia 26, 4. NTS Japan T.Pro Innovation 20, 5. Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing 18.

Underbone 115cc

Race 1: 1. Kazuki Masaki (Honda) 19:44.188, 2. Hadi Wijaya (Yamaha) 19:49.220, 3. Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) 19:49.251, 4. Gupita Kresna (Kawasaki) 19:50.153, 5. Mohd Amirul Ariff Musa (Honda) 19:50.239.

Race 2: 1. Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) 19:44.791, 2.Hadi Wijaya (Yamaha) 19:44.825, 3. Mohd Affendi Rosli (Honda) 19:44.833, 4. Gupita Kresna (Kawasaki) 19:45.115, 5. Ferlando Herdian (Yamaha) 19:45.319.

Leading individual standings: 1. Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) 41 pts, 2. Hadi Wijaya (Yamaha) 40, 3. Kazuki Masaki (Honda) 34, 4. Gupita Kresna (Kawasaki) 26, 5. Ferlando Herdian (Yamaha) 21.

Leading team standings: 1. Petronas Hong Leong Yamaha 41 pts, 2. Harian Metro Y-TEQ SKC Honda Racing 41, 3. R9 Racing Team 40, 4. Kawasaki KYT Rextor Manual Tech 26, 5. Givi Honda Yuzy Pachie 21.

Asia Dream Cup

Race 1: 1. Hiroki Ono (Jpn) 18:50.498, 2. Jakkrit Swangswat (Tha) 18:56.245s 3. Kanatat Jaiman (Tha) 19:04.894, 4. Fitri Ashraf Razali (Mas) 19:05.765, 5. Reitoku Kurogi (Jpn) 19:16.237.

Race 2: 1. Hiroki Ono (Jpn) 20:13.212, 2. Fitri Ashraf Razali (Mas) 20:25.920s 3. Khairul Idham Pawi (Mas) 20:35.839 4. Gerry Salim (Ina) 20:35.870, 5. Zhou Sheng Jun Jie (Chn) 21:21.673.

Leading individual standings: 1. Hiroki Ono (Jpn) 50 pts, 2. Fitri Ashraf Razali (Mas) 33, 3. Khairul Idham Pawi (Mas), 24, 4. Gerry Salim (Ina) 22, 5. Kanatat Jaiman (Tha) 21.

Tags / Keywords: Others, Sport, Sport, Sport, ARRC, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman, Katsuakie Fujiwara

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