KUALA LUMPUR: Powered by a new Porsche GT3, supercar driver Jimmy Low aims to take over the leadership of the 2003 Malaysian Super Series Championships, which enter the third round this weekend at the Sepang Circuit.
Currently lying third in the Supercar Championships, Jimmy had to make do with less powerful machines in the previous two rounds as he waited for the arrival of the 480-horsepower Porche, which was acquired by his employers at BSA Motorsports Racing Team from Germany.
Despite the shortcomings, Jimmy did well to collect 21 points to stay in contention in the Supercar Championships, which is led by Aminuddin Omar driving a Porsche GT3 with 32 points.
Ron Lim with his Mazda RX7 is in second place with 27 points.
“With the new machine, we can now look forward to really fight with the other guys,” said a confident Jimmy in a statement issued here yesterday.
He drove a 1600cc Honda Civic and a Ferrari F355 in Round 1 and Round 2 respectively.
The first round of the race was held on April 6 and 7 and the second round on May 3 and 4, both at the Sepang Circuit.
The Porsche GT3 was officially rolled off at the Sepang Circuit last Thursday at the grand launch of the BSA Motorsports Club as Jimmy took some of the guests asembled for the event on a thrilling experience around the 5.543km circuit.
Among those who watched Jimmy in action at the circuit was Aminuddin himself, who agreed that Round 3 would be a testing but exciting affair, considering the bigger horsepower of his rival’s car.
Winner of Round 1, Aminuddin drives a similar Porsche GT3 but with a lower horsepower of 360.
Contested over six rounds, the Supercar Championships form one-fifth of the 2003 Malaysian Super Series.
Other races in the series are the Supersixteen Championships for 1600cc machines, the Superbikes Championships, the Classic Car Championships and Production Bike 135cc-150cc race.
The qualifying session for all the categories will be held on Saturday and the participants will compete in two races on Sunday.
In the battle for the Supersixteen Championships, the focus will again be on great rivalry between Eddie Liew and Eric Yeo, who have each scored a win in the opening two rounds.
Eddie currently leads the standings with 35 points, 10 points ahead of Kok Pak Chiang, who together with Keifli Othman, Adein Yean Khalid and S. Ramesh will be determined to spoil that Eddie-Eric private party.
Lee Ching Hooi's position at the top of the Superbike Championships will be under serious threat from the Singaporeans.
The winner of the national title last year, Ching Hooi has been in superb form this season and was able to outclass the more established Singaporeans. – Bernama