PASIR GUDANG: Tears flowed freely in Round Three of the Ladies Cup Malaysian Challenge (LCMC) in the Malaysia Race Series III at the Johor Circuit here yesterday, which saw favourite Eridani Tutiana Jusat beaten to second spot.
The eight-lap race was won by rookie Maznah Ahmad. The 37-year-old businesswoman from Kedah took her Proton to the chequered flag in a time of 17.02.158.
The 33-year-old Eridani, who won the first two rounds, ran into drive shaft problems and finished second in 17:14.408.
Negri Sembilan royalty Tunku Mazlina Tunku Abdul Aziz, 28, was left in tears with her third placing. It was a race she wanted to win badly as an early present for her birthday, which falls on Sept 19.
It was one race I wanted to win badly as a birthday present for myself, said a tearful Mazlina.
I started second on the grid but I was slow. This let me down badly and when I was getting into stride, Tuti (Tutiana) blocked me.
Tears also flowed freely for Johor Baru-born Jenny Chong, who teaches in Singapore.
The 28-year-old Jenny finished fourth in 17:15.421. It was double disappointment for Jenny, whose grandfather Chong Beng Ann, 82, passed away on Monday and was buried on Friday.
I am very disappointed. It is a race I wanted to win for my grandpa. I could not come for unofficial practice on Friday as I had to attend his funeral, said Jenny with tears streaming down her cheeks.
On the track, I was blocked by Norhayati (Abdul Aziz). It was very unsporting of her to do that. I hope that something could be done in the future about such manners on the track.
If there is any consolation, I still managed to get a place on the podium. And I will be back next year. I want to take pole position and win a race for my late grandpa.
Maznah was more than pleased with her win and is looking at better things to come in her racing career.
This win is very sweet. I did not expect to win but I was determined to give my rivals a run for their money. I will cherish my win in Pasir Gudang. It is the first in my racing career, she said.