PETALING JAYA: Indian movie star Ajit Kumar has confirmed his participation in the inaugural Formula BMW Asia Championships.
The 31-year-old Ajit will be up against some of Asia's finest young drivers in the first leg of a seven-round championships at the Sepang F1 Circuit this weekend.
The BMW Asia race is one of the three supporting events for the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix. The other two are the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Formula Malaysia.
The BMW Asia, which is part of the Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS), will also have rounds in Thailand, South Korea, Japan and China.
Ajit, who has appeared in 28 movies since 1992, said: I am really excited at the prospect of competing in the Formula BMW Asia series.
For me, it is a dream come true.
I know the competition is going to be fierce but I cannot wait to get behind the wheel in the first round.
Motor-racing is second great passion for Ajit after acting. He had taken part in various races until an accident put him out of action for several month. He competed in the single-seat 2002 Formula Maruti Indian Championships recently and finished in a creditable fourth place.
His manager, Akbar Ebrahim, said: Motorsports are becoming increasingly popular in India.
It is extremely important for the continued development of the sport that young, talented Indians are given the opportunity to compete in at the international level and are given the best training and experience possible, he said.
The race in Sepang will also feature drivers from Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan.