Big strides for e-racing champion

(Front row, from left) Alex, Sim and Norza with the winners (back row, from left) Muhamad Uzair, Mior and Amir Haziq at the prize-presentation ceremony.

A DOMINANT Mior Muhammad Hafiz had no equal as he became the first-ever eRacing Grand Prix SEA champion.

Mior, 31, was super-consistent throughout the championship and as expected, topped the overall drivers’ chart and did not give the opposition any chance.

In an intense competition made up of seven races, 15 competitors were involved on Saturday while another 12 participated on Sunday.

Participants competed in replicas of various international circuits like the Barcelona Circuit, Autodromo De Interlagos, Autopolis and Fuji International Circuit.

On completing the seventh race, Mior was crowned the winner with 195 points, followed by Muhamad Uzair with 170 while Amir Haziq garnered 122 points to finish third.

“I never believed that a truck driver like me could compete with these racers in such an amazing championship and I honestly was not aiming to become the champion.

But I have been training a lot since the last half of the season. In fact, I also regularly play this game with my friends so that I would get a good driving rhythm for this final round,” said Mior.

The  participants of eRacing Grand Prix SEA 2019 competing in the final race at a mall in Petaling Jaya.The participants of eRacing Grand Prix SEA 2019 competing in the final race at a mall in Petaling Jaya.

He added, “I am also grateful to Alex Yoong for guiding me and the other participants on proper handling of the machinery before we raced on the circuit.”

With the aim of transforming virtual riders into real-life champions, the eRacing Grand Prix, introduced in Hong Kong last year, has also gained positive response in Malaysia, thanks to the efforts of Alex, a former Formula 1 driver and Axle Motorsport founder who brought the championship to Malaysia.

Alex was full of praise for all the competitors who showed outstanding racing skills over the past two days.

“I take this opportunity to congratulate the participants who have given their best performance for this final.

“They were able to execute what their respective coaches taught them and I am very proud of their achievements,” said Alex.

“I hope the participants will not stop here as they have the potential to become real-life racing drivers.”

Five awards were introduced for the final stage – Best Racecraft, Most Fastest Laps, Most Pole Positions, Most Promising Junior Driver and Most Promising Driver.

The overall winner of the eRacing Grand Prix SEA took home a cash prize of RM5,000, a Razer mobile phone and RM100 worth of vouchers from JD Sport, while the first and second runners-up pocketed RM4,000 and RM3,000 each, respectively, and prizes from Razer and JD Sport.

Also present at the eRacing Grand Prix SEA were Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong and Malaysian Olympic Council president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria.

Sim praised Axle Motorsport and said he was very impressed that the tournament had been able to highlight the skills of local talent on the electronic racing stage.

“E-racing is similar to real life motorsports and therefore, the knowledge participants gain from this championship can be transferred onto the real racetrack,” said Sim, who confirmed that the government was in the midst of finalising the blueprint on the development of e-sports in the country.

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