Sunday, 15 June 2014 | MYT 9:37 PM
Zaqhwan zooms to first ARRC victory
Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi (centre) celebrates his win on the podium in the Petronas Asia Road Racing at the Sentul International Circuit in Indonesia. On the left is Dimas Ekky Pratama of Indonesia and (right) H.A Yudhistira of Indonesia.
PETALING JAYA: Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi wrested his first Supersport 600cc win in the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championships after a dramatic battle at the Sentul International Circuit in Indonesia.
The 19-year-old Musashi Boon Siew Honda rider wrapped the win in Race Two in 24:49.441 after a fierce battle with Indonesian riders M. Fadli (T. Pro Yuzy Honda), Dimas Ekky Pratama (Astra Motor Honda) and H. A Yudhistira (Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki).
Dimas settled for second spot in 24:49.661 with Yudhistira in third in 24:50.170.
It was a big relief for Zaqhwan as he could only finish sixth in Race One earlier in wet conditions, that was won by M. Fadli.
“It was an extremely tough race. I had a very bad start in Race One and the wet conditions made it very difficult. “Race Two was far from easy though. I had to push to the limits to fend off the others and luckily my bike had a slight advantage down the straights,” said Zaqhwan.