MALACCA: Mohd Faisal Yahya took his first chequered flag of the season when he won the expert category in the fourth round of the Petronas Sprinta AAM Malaysian Cub Prix in Londang Masjid Tanah, Malacca yesterday.
The 26-year-old who rides for Team MOS Ah Hong Yamaha started second on the grid and completed the 12-lap race in a time of 9:40.106.
Faisal gave a steady performance on the 1.38km track to ward off the strong challenge from early favourites K. Sivanesan, Chia Tuck Cheong and Ahmad Fuad Baharudin.
Sivanesan of Team Shell Advance Harian Metro Maju Motor finished second (9:40.359) while Ahmad Fuad of Team Eveready Raceline was third (9:40.524).
“The race was tough and I faced strong challenges from Siva and Chia. I was leading in the first three laps but Chia overtook me. In lap seven, I was still behind Chia but it was Siva who was in the lead. I was in third position but I continue to press on. Finally, on the last lap, I came from behind to overtake both of them for the chequered flag,” said Faisal.
“I am so happy to win this race. Hopefully in the next round in Sepang I will have the opportunity to step on the podium again,” added Faisal.
Sivanesan still leads the overall championship standings with 70 points despite finishing second yesterday.
Faisal is second in the standings with 52 points and Chia is third with 45 points.
“Even though, I didn’t win I am glad I collected 20 points and my hard work paid off. I hope to continue my good run in Sepang and maybe it will be my turn to take the chequered flag,” said Sivanesan.
Round five will be held at the Sepang F1 Circuit on July 18.
Expert: 1.Mohd Faisal Yahya (MOS Ah Hong Yamaha) 9:40.106, 2. K. Sivanesan (Team Shell Advance Harian Metro Maju Motor) 9:40.359, 3. Ahmad Fuad Baharuddin (Team Eveready Raceline) 9:40.524, 4. Chia Tuck Cheong (Team Shell Advance Harian Metro Maju Motor) 9:40.787, 5. Zulhelmi Ahmad (MOS Ah Hong Yamaha) 9:48.603.
Overall standings: 1. Sivanesan 70 pts, 2. Mohd Faisal 52, 3. Tuck Cheong 45, 4. Shahrul Nizam Tajuddin (Shell Advance KF Yamaha) 45, 5. Ahmad Fuad 32.
Novice: 1.Mohd Yusri Ibrahim (Shell Advance KF Yamaha) 9:54.210, 2 Ahmad Fazli Sham (Shell Advance Harian Metro Maju Motor) 9:57.183, 3. Mohd Aswadi Darus (Team RB & BH Racing) 9:58.447, 4. Mohd Hanizam Sanusi (Petronas Sprinta Racing) 10:05.055, 5. Mohd Noorfakar Mohd Fuhad (Team Petronas Sprinta Racing) 10:05.243.xx Overall standings: 1. Mohd Yusri 70 pts, 2. Nuzul Fadzli (Hi-Rev Malaysia) 44, 3. Mohd Aswadi 43, 4. Eddy Ezli Hisham (Hi-Rev Malaysia) 35, 5. Mohd Subri Hamid (Hi-Rev Malaysia ) 29.
Wira: Mohd Zaki Mohd Aziz (Top-N Racing) 8:58.993, 2. Mohd Zamri Baba (Team MOS Ah Hong Yamaha) 9:00.559, 3. Mohd Nur Rafiqque (SCK Racing) 9:11.606, 4. Ahmad Fazrul Sham (Team Shell Advance Harian Metro Maju Motor) 9:15.735, 5. Mohd Raziz Mohd Johan 9:15.875.
Overall: 1. Ahmad Fazrul 65 pts, 2. Mohd Zamri 61, 3. Mohd Zaki 50, 4. Azlan Shah Kamarusaman (MOS AH Hong Yamaha) 41, 5. Mohd Nur 40.