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Exciting Field Geared to Make Malaysia Proud The field for the upcoming Asian Festival Of Speed is a healthy one with more than 60 entries expected for the weekend and teams coming from far and wide to participate in the season opener. This...

Exciting Field Geared to Make Malaysia Proud

The field for the upcoming Asian Festival Of Speed is a healthy one with more than 60 entries expected for the weekend and teams coming from far and wide to participate in the season opener. This year will also see one of the biggest entries from Malaysia with a total of 9 drivers and 5 teams representing the nation.

The entry grid for the Malaysian contingent includes the youngest driver, three champions, a new name in racing, an international touring car driver, a GT driver returning to make a mark and two local touring car heroes. Along with them are five teams, either based or made-in-Malaysia, all are hoping to make the host country proud with their best performance at the opening event.

Most of the Malaysian drivers are in the Formula BMW Asia. This is where great racing talents are moulded into great racing stars and competition will be stiff amongst the youngsters.

Three of the five Malaysian drivers, Melvin Moh, Imran Shaharom and Johan Adzmi, were the top three graduates from the Petronas Formula Xperience Racing School. Their achievements earned each of them a scholarship from Petronas to race under the new collaboration between Petronas and German race team Hozler, called Team Holzer PFX.

Two other Malaysians will race with Malaysian based Team Meritus. The first is AFOS' youngest participant, Jazeman Jaafar, and late racing bloomer, Huzair Huran. The immense talent and sheer determination of the drivers makes them and interesting duo to keep an eye on.

In the Asian Touring Car Series, Team Petronas's golden boy, Fariqe Hairuman, is set to make an outstanding return. With a more powerful car under his control and not having taken a break from racing after the season (he was in Japan participating in the Super Taikyu), he is set to challenge for the Championship win.

Two other Malaysian's have signed up for the ATCS, Eric Yeo and Indran Kanavaji. Yeo, who has participated in Sepang for the past two years and won in his Division, hopes to repeat the performance against what he believes is a stiffer and more competitive line-up. While Kanavaji will be participating in the series for the first time, his race background, having been centred around Sepang, may provide for slight leverage in his quest for a podium finish.

Flying the flag for Malaysia for the second time this season, and hoping for better luck this time out, is Tunku Hammam. Hammam made a thrilling return to the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia by taking Class B pole position for the opening round but luck was not on his side as he was plagued by setbacks in both races.

While there are no Malaysian drivers confirmed for the Formula V6 Asia by Renault, there are two teams proudly flying the home flag for the race, Team Meritus and Team TARADTM. The first is a long and successful Malaysian- Irish partnership, headed by Peter Thompson and Firhat Mohkzani, whilst the other is a newly formed Malaysian-Singaporean collaboration aimed at moulding great talents.

The Asian Festival Of Speed will kick off at Sepang International Circuit from 5-6 May 2007, featuring 10 races from four racing Series. The races will be held on the North track of the circuit and are scheduled to start at 10am and will run to 5pm for the two days.

Motorsport fans will also get a chance to see the beautiful AFOS Race Queens, get up close during the pit-walkabout, enjoy the Half-time grid show and visit the promotion vendors at the Grand Stand area. Tickets for the Asian Festival Of Speed are available online at www.axcess.com.my and at the door during the event for RM25.

-credit: afos

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Series Formula BMW , Porsche , Road racing
Drivers Melvin Moh