PETALING JAYA: Fifteen drivers are set to create history when they line up on the grid during the Malaysia Race Series 1 at the Johor Circuit in Pasir Gudang on May 24-25. They are all women. And they will be taking part in the Ladies’ Cup Malaysian Challenge – the first women’s race in Asia.
The drivers were chosen from a field of 40 participants after completing the second round of training-cum-selection at the Johor Circuit on April 25-26.
The drivers were tested on their skills doing slalom, skid control, single and double corners and circuit driving.
Johor Circuit managing director Wan Zaharuddin Wan Ahmad said they are trying to create a new breed of lady drivers who will be the role model for all talented women in Malaysia.
“All these ladies are racing enthusiasts and they have one interest in common – they love speed. They have a common topic. We have participants ranging from 20 to 41 years old.
“We have students, managers, housewives and mothers. We see a break from tradition now. Mothers are now racing whilst fathers offer to take care of the kids.”
To ensure the success of this programme, the Johor Circuit and Johor Motor Club have invested some RM50,000 to finance a series of Ladies’ Cup races, which includes the rental of circuit, training cars rental, transportation, lodging, tyres, fuel, instructors fee, etc.
The finalists: Janet Yong, Maznah Ahmad, Ong Pei Fong, Hafizah Ismail, Juana Nor Hassan, Cecelia Loo Woon Chern, Tunku Mazlina Tunku Aziz, Jenny Chong, Norhayati Abdul Aziz, Eridani Tutiana Jusat, Rozilah Mohd. Tamrin, Sheila Grewal, Hasnoliza Abdul. Samad, Nor Aini Mohd Nor, Noramnah Huda Mohd Yuran.