Karamjit still King of the Road


BY AFTAR SINGH

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's top rally driver Karamjit Singh and navigator, Allen Oh, won the Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) Motorsports Man of the Year award for the second consecutive year. 

Karamjit and Allen won the award for snatching the third overall title of the Federation of International Motor (FIA) Production World Rally Championship 2003 and second overall in the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship last year. 

The duo received the trophy from Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat in a prize presentation ceremony at a leading hotel here on Friday night. 

Karamjit Singh (right) and his navigator Allen Oh holding the AAM Motorsports Man of the Year Award during a prize presentation ceremomy at a leading hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Friday night.

Allen said they were happy to win the their second consecutive AAM Motorsports Man of the Year award. 

“However, we are sad at the same time because they are no other capable national rally drivers to challenge us in the motor rally event. 

“One of the reasons why the other national rally drivers cannot compete in the world rally is because of the lack of sponsors. In motor rally lot of money is involved and without sponsors you cannot have a reliable car and compete in at world level,'' said Allen. 

“We hope to win the award for the third time next year and get to keep the trophy. However, the award we won will definitely inspire us to do much better in the remaining four World Rally championship this year.'' 

Karamjit and Allen who have been partners for seven years, have competed in two legs of the World Rally Championships in Sweden in February and Mexico in March.  

The other legs are in New Zealand, Argentina, Germany and Australia. 

The duo finished in 20th spot in Sweden but did much better in Mexico by finishing in fifth spot. 

Both drivers will also compete in all seven rounds of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, starting with the Canberra leg in May. 

AAM Chairman Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar Tunku Mustapha, in his speech, said recipients of the AAM Motorsports Awards were the backbone for the growth of Malaysian motorsports. 

“Through their passion and love for the sport, they worked tirelessly to ensure continuity in the industry. 

“Besides the main award, AAM also offers Special Awards to honour past achievements of Malaysian motorsports legends. 

“By honouring them with the Special Awards, AAM hopes to bring their accomplishments into the spotlight so that they may continue to inspire the younger generation in the quest to put Malaysia as a force in international motorsports,” said Tunku Mudzaffar said. 

Thirteen main awards were conferred on the country's motorsports personalities from all disciplines to honour their various achievements in the 2003 season.  

AAM also rewarded 25 recipients who were indirectly involved in Malaysia's motorsports industry. 

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