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The Williams team, heavily sponsored by tobacco in the past, claimed a Formula One first with a 'landmark' anti-smoking sponsorship.
Malaysian ace Karamjit Singh and co-driver Allen Oh will not have to worry about running into financial woes in their defence of the FIA World Rally Championships Production Car title.
At a quiet airport west of Paris every Wednesday morning, they board a plush eight-seat Piper Cheyenne III propeller aircraft for an hour-long flight across the Channel. Most of them look like managers in a multi-national company on a trip to discuss global product strategy #8211; and in a way, they are.
Fifteen drivers are set to create history when they line up on the grid during the Malaysia Race Series 1 at the Johor Circuit in Pasir Gudang on May 24-25. They are all women. And they will be taking part in the Ladies' Cup Malaysian Challenge - the first women's race in Asia.
Four-time champion M. Meganathan, who missed out on the season's opener after failing to secure a sponsorship, will be competing as a privateer in the second-leg of the Petronas Sprinta AAM Malaysian Cub Prix championship to be held at the Stadium Utama in Kangar, Perlis on Sunday.
This season's FIM Asia Road Racing Championships have been reduced to four rounds and will only begin in mid-July.
In the West, sportsmen can aspire to be millionaires; celebrities who share the limelight with royals and Hollywood's best. But to get there, one has to start from the bottom, with a proper grassroots programme. In Malaysia, though, sport is fast going from big drawcard to just a lucky draw. STARSPORT'S RAJES PAUL, who was in the US recently, draws a comparison.
The top motor-rally partnership of Karamjit Singh and Allen Oh earned further recognition for the sport in the country when they were each rewarded with RM50,000 from the government Monday for winning the World Championships#8217; production cars title last year.