KUALA LUMPUR: MotoGP rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah (pic) was the biggest winner at the Petronas SIC Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM) Awards 2018.
Hafizh picked up the Petronas International Rider of the Year Award following his strong showing in the premier class where he finished second for the MotoGP Rookie of The Year award, just four points behind winner Franco Morbidelli who had 50 points.
The Selangor-born rider, who created history by becoming the first Malaysian to ride in the MotoGP World Championship, also took home the Malaysia Motorsports People’s Choice Award, an award selected by fans via online vote.
Meanwhile, Jazeman Jaafar was named the Petronas International Driver of the Year following his success in the World Endurance Championship with fellow Malaysians Nabil Jeffri and Weiron Tan.
Jazeman, together with Jackie Chan DC X JOTA Racing Team members Nabil and Weiron, created history by being the first all-Malaysian team to participate in the prestigious 24 Hours of LeMans race in France, where they finished fourth in the LMP2 class.
The trio was also the first Asian line-up to win the fourth round of the World Endurance Championship at the 6 Hours of Fuji, making them the inductees for the 2018 Malaysian Motorsports Hall of fame for the night.
At the event, 14 competitive awards were presented to individuals and teams who gave exceptional performances in 2018, while six honourees were inducted into the Malaysian Motorsports Hall of Fame which included rally navigator, Allen Oh; legendary go-kart driver Ng Wai Leong; as well as one of Malaysia’s first Grand Prix motorcycle racers, Kuan Huah Chin aka Bulldog Kuan.
On the national front, Mark Darwin and Muhammad Helmi Azman received honours as the SIC Best National Driver and Rider of the Year respectively.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was conferred the Petronas SIC Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM) Awards 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions and undying support for the Malaysian motorsports industry.
Dr Mahathir has been instrumental in bringing Malaysia to a higher degree of capacity and capability in the automotive world, starting with the idea of having a national car and the Sepang International Circuit (SIC).
ROLL OF HONOUR
Lifetime Achievement Award: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
The inductees to the Malaysian Motorsports Hall of Fame: Allen Oh, Ng Wai Leong, Jazeman Jaafar, Nabil Jeffri, Weiron Tan, Kuan Huah Chin (Bulldog Kuan)
Petronas International Driver of the Year: Jazeman Jaafar (WEC)
Petronas International Rider of the Year: Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah (MotoGP)
SIC Best National Driver of the Year: Mark Darwin
SIC Best National Rider of the Year: Muhammad Helmi Azman
SIC Best National Team (2 Wheels): SCK Rapido Hi-Rev Honda Racing
SIC Best National Team (4 Wheels): Dream Chaser
Most Inspiring Female Motorsports Athlete: Leona Chin
SIC Best e-Motorsport Athlete: Ady Rahimy & Angeline Lee
Most Improved Driver of the Year: Brendan Paul Anthony
Most Improved Rider of the Year: Danial Syahmi Shahril
KBS Motorsports Development Award: Danial Syahmi Shahril
Malaysia Motorsports People’s Choice Award: Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah
SIC-MAM-SAM Media Award (Best Journalist): Sukhairi Thani – Berita Harian
SIC-MAM-SAM Media Award (Best Photographer): Ridzuan Rizal Ahmad – Utusan Malaysia
SIC-MAM-SAM Media Award (Best Electronic Media): Hasnida Hanim Ahmad Kamil and Aji Saregar – TV3