PETALING JAYA: Youngster Rahul Mayer has become the first Malaysian to graduate from the prestigious McLaren Performance Academy in Woking, United Kingdom.
The 17-year-old was among those from the 2014 intake who attained qualification as a professional racing driver last week.
The programme started in March with an initial three-day boot camp of intense training and assessments, followed by further support and workshops throughout the year. The McLaren Honda Formula 1 team also offered expert advice to all the budding drivers.
“We are trained on mental preparation and nutrition, and of course not forgetting the fitness regimes that a racing driver must adopt.
“I am really honoured to be the first Malaysian selected for this programme and it has taught me many things to improve my racing career.
“I would say that my aptitude and mental preparations before each race have improved,” said Rahul, who has completed two seasons for Hillspeed Racing Team in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship in the UK.
Rahul is now planning to venture into racing on European tracks which offer more challenges and a wider range of drivers from all over the world next year.
He, however, has yet to decide on the series to compete.
“My involvement in racing has been fully sponsored by my parents. I know what they have gone through to finance my racing career, especially for the last two years. Racing overseas is very expensive, but they saw my passion and potential.
“I am in final discussions with a few international sponsors to support my 2015 racing plans.
“Malaysia have so few talented racing drivers, and the sponsors in the sport have not diversified their budgets to include more drivers,” he said.