Reigning National Cub Prix Expert Class champion, Ahmad Fuad Baharudin has retired from competitive racing. He will now focus on grooming young riders via his own racing outfit, the Felda PBAFB Tech Racing. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix reigning champion Ahmad Fuad Baharudin announced his retirement from the championship ahead of the 2014 opening round at Stadium Batu Kawan, Penang this weekend.
With 15 years in the championship under his belt, Fuad finally called it quits, ending months of speculation on his future. He announced that he would instead focus on developing the next generation of riders.
He made the announcement after the final leg of the Felda Cub Prix Rider Search Programme at the Elite Speedway in Subang Jaya last weekend where four Felda youths, Muhammad Afiq Mohd Zailani, Aziaizat Sumairiy, Muhd Fareez Afeez Abd Rahman and Mohd Shah Khairil Hisham, were selected to represent his team, Felda PBAFB Tech Racing.
“I’ve been contemplating retirement for a very long time. Part of me wants to continue racing but I have decided to say goodbye and focus my attention on the development of my team. This is one of the hardest decisions I have had to make but I believe it is for the best,” said Fuad.
Fuad is one of the most accomplished racers in the Cub Prix paddock with three CP130/Expert titles to his name – one title short of the four won by M. Meganathan.
The 34-year-old Fuad won his first championship in 2002, followed by another in 2009, and the final one last season.
“I’ve experienced many highs and lows throughout my career and I will surely miss the close battles Cub Prix has to offer but I can retire proudly having won the championship three times,” said Fuad.