PETALING JAYA: Hakim Danish Ramli fought until the end to finish third in Race 1 of the fourth- round European Talent Cup (ETC).
The 14-year-old, who rides for SIC Racing, completed the 16-lap race with a time of 27:26.844 at the Jerez Circuit in Cadiz, Spain, on Sunday.
Aspar Junior Team’s Dodo Boggio and Estrella Galicia’s Brian Uriarte took the top two spots with times of 27:26.670 and 27:26.693 respectively.
Danish, however, could not continue the momentum in Race 2 due to technical issues with his bike, as he could only finish 11th with a time of 27:42.289.
Again, Boggio and Uriarte finished first and second with times of 27:33.914 and 27:34.034. Visiontrack Racing’s Casey O’Gorman came in third in 27.34.990.
“In Race 1, I felt confident with myself, and I had a strong pace. I started the race well and overtook a few riders in the first turn. Then, step by step, I overtook and tried as hard as possible to be in the front,” he said.
“I was aiming to win the race, but Dodo and Brian were too strong with their pace. Despite that, I’m happy to be on the podium for the second time.
“In Race Two, there were issues with my clutch and gearing. As a result, I struggled to stay with the front group. However, things like these can happen in racing, and I am still happy with my overall performance this weekend.”
Hakim’s first podium finish was in the first round when he came in second in Race 2 at the Estoril Circuit in Portugal.
ROUND 4 RESULTS
FIM JuniorGP World Championship
Race 1: 1. Collin Veijer (Ned) AGR Team 28:37.996, 2. Jose Antonio Rueda (Spa) Team Estrella Galicia 28:38.157, 3. Angel Piqueras (Spa) Team Estrella Galicia 28:38.314
Selected: 4. Syarifuddin Azman (Mas) SIC Racing 28:38.438
Race 2: 1. Jose Antonio Rueda (Spa) Team Estrella Galicia 28:47.151, 2. David Almansa (Spa) Finetwork Mir Racing Team 28:55.856, 3. David O’Shea (Gbr) British Talent Team 28:55.879
Selected: 10. Danial Syahmi Sharil (Mas) Junior Talent Team 28:56.857, 14. Syarifuddin Azman (Mas) SIC Racing 29:01.072
European Talent Cup
Race 1: 1. Dodo Boggio (Ita) Aspar Junior Team, 27:26.670, 2. Brian Uriarte (Spa) Estrella Galicia 27:26.693, 3. Hakim Danish Ramli (Mas) SIC Racing 27:26.844
Race 2: 1. Dodo Boggio (Ita) Aspar Junior Team 27:33.914, 2. Brian Uriarte (Spa) Estrella Galicia 27:34.034, 3. Casey O’Gorman (Irl) Visiontrack Racing 27.34.990
Selected: 11. Hakim Danish Ramli (Mas) SIC Racing 27:42.289
FIM JuniorGP World Championship: 1. Jose Antonio Rueda (Spa) Team Estrella Galicia 153pts, 2. Davd Salvador (Spa) Laglisse Academy 82, 3. Angel Piqueras (Spa) Team Estrella Galicia 81. Selected: 5. Syarifuddin Azman (Mas) SIC Racing 77, 18. Danial Syahmi Sharil (Mas) Junior Talent Team 18.
European Talent Cup: 1. Dodo Boggio (Ita) Aspar Junior Team 96pts, 2. Joel Esteban (Spa) Aspar Junior Team 95, 3. Guido Pini (Ita) AC Racing Team 87. Selected: 5. Hakim Danish Ramli (Mas) SIC Racing 70.