PETALING JAYA: Teenager Nazim Azman (pic) is flying the Malaysian flag high with two podium finishes in the opening round of the prestigious British F3 Championship at Oulton Park over the weekend.
The 18-year-old is the only Malaysian granted special permission to go overseas to compete in four-wheel racing at the moment.
And he is revelling in the atmosphere.
Nazim was promoted from fourth to third place in Round 1 after the winner, Carlin teammate Kaylen Frederick, was given a 10s false start penalty. Nazim was held up by traffic as Round 2 started in reverse grid order and finished 12th. But he proved his worth by finishing second behind Frederick in Round 3.
Nazim just missed out on a third podium at Oulton Park with a fourth place finish in the final race of the weekend.
Frederick again won Round 4 to take the championship lead with 87 points.
Kiern Jewiss is second on 79 points with Nazim trailing by just a point.
The series is the leading single-seater championship in Britain and attracts aspiring young drivers hoping to break into Formula 1 in the future.
The championship had been scheduled to start in March but was delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A total of 24 rounds have been rescheduled to take place in eight tracks with the season finale at Silverstone in early November.
Nazim, who joined championship-winning team Carlin for the second year, was delighted with his start to the season. Last year, he scored two race wins in his rookie season.
“Getting podiums is very nice and helps a lot in the championship.
“For Round 1, I think I reacted too fast (at the start) and I dumped the clutch, and that wasn’t the best of ideas.
“Honestly, I think P3 is good for Round 1 but with the pace we had, I think I could have won the race if I had just had a good start. But at the end of the day, a podium is a podium and I’ll take it.
“As for the Round 2 podium, all I had to do was get a good start.
“It’s still a good start to the season, ” said Nazim, who honed his skills for Meritus Racing in the SEA F4 Championship before moving to Europe.