MALAYSIAN Akash Neil Nandy, the youngest to win the Macau Grand Prix, is looking forward to a challenging season.
The youngster, representing Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG, hogged the limelight when he won the Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) in 2013.
Enroute to first place in the prestigious series, Akash, who hails from Subang Jaya, also grabbed the pole position and set the fastest lap.
FMCS is a new Formula series designed to develop young drivers and adds exciting new element to the China and Asia Motorsport scene.
The focus of the series is to provide an affordable and equitable stage to nurture new talents ensuring skill and not financial advantage dictate success on the race track.
FMCS, organised by Volswagen Group China and TopSpeed Limited, uses a state-of-the art Formula car providing both performance and safety. With a Tatuus FA010 Carbon composite monocoque, FIA F3 homologated chassis and 2.0 Formula engine providing 180 HP, the FMCS is both competitve and cost-efficient.
Akash said the 2013 FMCS season was an impressive one for him.
“I took part in 18 races. I had four wins and 10 podium finishes as well as four fastest laps. It was a proud moment for me and a lot of people in the racing scene were surprised with my results. The results were encouraging and gave me a lot of confidence,’’ said Akash.
Last year was a quiet one as Akash, who based in the United Kingdom, concentrated on the Renault Formula GT- Alps and Formula Renault GT- Eurocup and GT Asia- GT3.
It was indeed a learning curve for Akash. He did not get the opportunity to be on podium but the experience gained was invaluable. And now Akash, who was in Malaysia for a short holiday, will resume his training programme. He aims to get prepared for the Formula 3 in 2016.
Akash, a business management student at University of Roehampton, said he would be venturing into a series of tests to get prepared for the 2016 season.
“It is a requirement to be eligible for Formula 3 and eventually the F1 in 2017. It is not going to be an easy task but I am prepared for the challenge. I had drawn up the training and testing programmes. I will be training in racing circuits in Europe. I have to completed about 1,800 to 2,000 laps. It will take about 50 to 60 days to complete the tests.
“The training programme will put me in a good position to make an impact in the Formula 3 in 2016. My aim is to race in about 36 races in 2016,’’ said Akash.
The youngster has come a long way since taking up go-kart when he was about eight. After making a name for himself in the go kart circuits — Rotax Max Challenge Malaysia and Asian Karting Open championship — Akash ventured into the competitve JK Racing Asia Series and Malaysian Super Series-Production and had podium finishes.
When in the UK, Akash has a training schedule in place.
“I also follow a chiropratic programme. It helps to maintain my body structure in a comfortable position. I have been following the programme for some time. It has certainly made me strong for the intense challenges in racing. My father has been supporting me all these years,’’ said Akash.