PETALING JAYA: Two-time champion Chia Tuck Cheong is making a comeback to the Malaysian Cub Prix Championships after a year’s break.
His presence means that defending champion Ahmad Fuad Baharuddin will have one more strong contender to deal with in the eight-round championships, which begins at Seremban II on Sunday.
Tuck Cheong has found it difficult to stay away from competitive racing.
“My passion for the sport is high and so is my energy and enthusiasm. I am looking forward to making a return to the cub prix scene after a lapse of one year,” said the 37-year-old Tuck Cheong.
“I hope to be consistent in the eight rounds and, hopefully, it will be enough for me to win the title.”
Besides winning the Malaysian Cub Prix title in 1997 and 2001, Tuck Cheong was also the champion in the 600cc Supersports category of the 2001 FIM Asia Road Racing Championships.
Tuck Cheong will ride for Shell Advance Winston Maju Motor and the team also have in their ranks Mohd Faisal Yahya, who was the 1998 champion, and Mazlan Khamis, who finished third last year.
“I am committed to do my best and I know what it takes to win races. I am not under-estimating my rivals but I am confident that I will fare quite well this season. I hope I can get a good start in Seremban this weekend,” said Tuck Cheong.
Team manager Yong Ying Hoe said: “Tuck Cheong’s confidence is high going into the championships and I believe he will put up a good show this weekend. He is known for his determination and fighting spirit.”