Newcomers make impact at Sepang track


By LIM TEIK HUAT

SEPANG: The opening round of the second season of the Malaysian Super Series Championships saw debutants Jeffrey Wong and Eddie Liew making impacts in the Supercar and Supersixteen Championship respectively. 

Jeffrey arrived at Sepang F1 Circuit last weekend with a full-fledged Castle Ideal Racing Team and the support of Malaysia's Japan GT outfit, Amprex Racing Team. 

He raced in the same Mazda RX7 GT used by Japanese Genji Hashimoto and Hong Kong's Charles Kwan in the 2002 Japan GT Championships. 

With such support, Jeffrey has increased the competition level to new heights and the organisers, Sepang International Circuit (SIC), could not be more delighted. 

When the Series was launched on May 11 last year, the SIC chairman, Tan Sri Basir Ismail, said that they aimed to make the championships the premier national racing event with teams having professional approaches in their participation. 

Jeffrey was unable to produce winning performances in the opening round but it had not detracted him from the aim to win the overall title. 

He failed to complete Race 1 and was in Race 2, he was placed second after being slapped with a 60-second penalty for a jump start offence. 

“It is a good learning experience for me. I have never race in the rain before and I had that privilege in the second race. There are still seven rounds more to go and I am looking forward to the competitions,” said Jeffrey. 

The opening round was won by seasoned racer Aminuddin Omar, who make full use of his four-wheel drive Mitsubishi. 

Jimmy Low was second overall and defending champion Ron Lim, who had to skip the second race because he did not have wet tyres, was third. 

For the second round next month, the Supercar competition is expected to get more intense. Jimmy and his BSA Racing Team has pledged to come with “a bigger support and bigger horsepower” and a new Porsche GT3 to match their rivals. 

Team Lotus Asia Pacific will also be joining the championships. They will have Tengku Djan Ley and Faidzil Alang in full-racing specs Lotus Elise. 

Eddie is looking at winning the Supersixteen Championships this time after a successful season in the Proton Satria Championships last year. He won the two races in the season's opener convincingly.  

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