TAIPING: Shahrun Nizam Tamin stayed in the hunt for the Petronas Sprinta-AAM-Malaysian Cub Prix title with his first victory of the season in the fourth leg of the championships at the Kamunting Raya industrial area here yesterday.
The Shell Advance KF MIG Yamaha veteran completed the 12-lap race in the experts' category in 9:31.382 to finish ahead of teammate Wazi Abdul Hamid and Shell Winston Maju Motor's Mazlan Khamis.
With the victory, Shahrun overtook Mazlan as the leader of the standings in the eight-round championships. Sharun now has 75 points – eight points more than Mazlan.
Another Shell KF MIG Yamaha rider, Shahrul Nizam Tajuddin, who finished fourth yesterday, is in third place with 53 points.
“I am very, very happy. I waited a long time for this win and I am glad I am standing on the top of the podium,” said Shahrun.
“We are at a critical stage of competition and a great deal is at stake. I can’t deny that the team were desperate for a win and it was a relief we made another podium. We have to stay consistent in the remaining legs.”
The novices' race saw championship leaders Mohd Syahnas Shahidan and Mohd Suhadi Ali Rahmat failing to collect any point. Mechanical failure forced them out of the race.
Shell Winston Maju's Mohd Kanafi Kamaruddin won the race in 9:54.182 ahead of Norizman Ismail and Noor Azizi Aziz.
“Suhadi was very fast in the first half of the race and I was prepared to settle for second place. But when his bike developed problems, it gave me the opportunity to win my first race. But it was not easy to stay ahead of Norizman and Noor Azizi,” said Kanafi.
Although Mohd Syahnas failed to collect any point, he remains in the lead in the standings with 65 points – eight points ahead of Noor Azizi.
In the Wira (Under-21) race, debutant Ahmad Fazli Sham broke Mohd Firdaus Manan domination, winning the 10-lap race in 8:53.183.
Experts: 1. Shahrun Nizam Tamin (Shell KF MIG Yamaha) 9.31.382, 2. Wazi Abdul Hamid (Shell KF MIG Yamaha) 9.31.395, 3. Mazlan Khamis (Shell Winston Maju Motor) 9.31.408, 4. Shahrul Nizam Tajuddin (Shell KF MIG Yamaha) 9.33.960, 5. M. Meganathan (Badrul Motorsports) 9.37.366.
Novices: 1. Mohd Kanafi Kamaruddin (Shell Winston Maju) 9.54.182, 2. Norizman Ismail (Pro-M-Tech Dunlop) 9.55.168, 3. Noor Azizi Abd Aziz (Shell KF Yamaha) 9.55.599, 4. Nani Zairul Adnan (Shell KF Yamaha) 9.55.809, 5. Mohd Izuaf Sirun (Total Beng Racing) 10:01.407.
Wira: 1. Ahmad Fazli Sham 8:53.183, 2. Mohd Firdau Manan (MOS Ah Hong Yamaha) 8.53.652, 3. Norizman Ismail (Pro-M-Tech Dunlop) 8.53.730, 4. Mohd Hanizam (YY Pang Yamaha) 9.02.012, 5. Sharin Basharuddin 9.03.777.
Experts: 1. Shahrun Nizam Tamin 75 pts, 2. Mazlan Khamis 67, 3. Shahrul Nizam Tajuddin 53.
Novices: 1. Mohd Syahnas Shahidan 65, 2. Noor Azizi Aziz 57, 3. Norizman Ismail 45.
Wira: 1. Mohd Firdaus Manan 90, 2. Razif Mohd Nor 49, 3. Mohd Zaki Aziz 47.