PETALING JAYA: The Silverstone track holds sweet memories for Malaysian Moto3 rider Amirul Hafiq Azmi during his time as a Red Bull Rookies Cup rider.
In his debut year in the Rookies competition in 2011, Hafiq snatched his season’s best finish of fifth place at Silverstone. He went on to finish the season in 18th spot overall with 44 points.
And so he will be harbouring high hopes when he returns to the same track for this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
But Hafiq knows he faces a different kind of challenge as a Moto3 rider with his team SIC-Ajo.
Hafiq has yet to grab a point in his world championship debut, although he has come close. In the German GP on July 13, he finished in 18th spot.
Although things will be tough for the rookie at Silverstone, Hafiq is optimistic of a positive outcome on race day.
“We all know how the weather here can change drastically and how it can greatly affect the race. If it rains, I hope it pours so we can go ahead with a wet race,” said the 17-year-old.
“But if the sun’s shining, I hope it stays that way. A dry race with some wet patches on the tracks will make for a tricky race.”
In the free practice session on Friday, Hafiq was 23rd fastest after clocking 2:18.466. Compatriot Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Ongetta-AirAsia) was a rung above in 2:18.383.
Australia’s Jack Miller was fastest in 2:16.439.