It was a clean sweep for the “King and his officials” at the first Gaju Racing Vios Sprint Cup event held over the weekend at the Sepang International Circuit. The “king” is none other than Tengku Jajan Tengku Mahalel, who has not only risen to the top of his Malaysian Drift King fame, he is also the three-time overall champion of the Vios Challenge.
The young man is 18-year-old Mika Hakimi, a Prima Pearl TD racing teammate at Design. Together, they have won Race 1 and Race 2 in the Vios Sprint Cup, ahead of Boy Wong / Nabil Azlan (Axel Motorsports) and Freddie Ang / Tom Goh (S&D Tama Motorsports) and Boy Wong / Nabil Azlan in Race 1. And Hayden Haikel / Naqib Azlan (both from Excel Motorsports) in Race 2.
The Vios Sprint Cup (VSC) is held in conjunction with the Malaysia Championship Series (MCS) and features two one-hour races over the weekend, with two teams competing on Vios and competing for a total RM60,000 prize.
In Race 1, Tenku Jazan sat in the top five early and did not intimidate the front runners. Subsequently, he chose the people who were ahead at one point before finishing second on the 10th lap, 30 minutes into the race, and placing himself as high as the second on the 10th lap, just as the pit window opened for a driver change.
Gaju Racing is a graduate of the Young Driver Development Program to challenge more experienced professionals on the grid – after which it was left to the young Mika. From the third, he challenged Goh for a second before looking at the lead. The move would not come until the last few corners of the last lap and he dragged it.
“In this kind of race you really have to pick your fight and I did just that. I told myself I would only be all out in the last two laps. I wanted to close the gap on Nabil as soon as I took over from Jan, but it was better to let the battle between Nabil and Goh be in front of me and keep my tires alive for the end, “said Mika.
In Race 2, Dizan was the second driver and he left it until the end of the race to take the lead. When Race 1 was held in the scorching heat, Race 2 started after two delays and heavy rains subsided, making the situation around the 5.5 km circuit even more challenging.
In a reverse grid format, Djan and Mika’s Race 1 winning pair starts Race 2 in sixth position and carries a weight penalty. The biggest gainer in the opening round was Putra Adam of Laser Motor Racing, who jumped 17 places from the end to lead by Leap 7. The fast 16-year-old driver was among the last drivers to make the mandatory pit stop for a change. , Handing the wheel to experienced Eddie Liu for the remaining 30 minutes of the race.
With the driver change complete, Eddie was 4.7 seconds ahead of Design and Boy Wang, but in Lap 14, three drivers will fight for the lead. With only three laps left, Djan took the lead, and then the checkered flag.
The winner praised his young teammate. “At the end of the day it’s all about team work and both drivers have to have the same speed and only then will you have a chance to fight. Mika has been able to keep her cool throughout the race weekend and has her pace on top of that. We have to work as a team, exchange knowledge, and you can’t do everything on your own, “said Djan.
He also touched on the challenges of VSC as compared to the regular Vios Challenge Race. “It’s a one-hour race and it’s very stressful. Fitness certainly plays a role and it was certainly hot today. For example, in a race where everyone is in the same car, I close my car window so that I get better aerodynamic co-skills but that means you are basically cooking in the car and without fitness you will break down mentally, “he said of Race 1.
VSC was introduced to offer various. “UMW Toyota Motors’ entry into Malaysian motorsport began with the introduction of a street racing series. Since then Sepang has evolved to include half and full track races, hosting a night race, introducing a program to develop young drivers and creating a rookie class and even participating in the Sepang 1000KM endurance race last year. Besides, Vios Enduro Cup is going on, ”said UMWT President Rabindran K.
“Combining these elements is consistent with our efforts to not only increase interest in motorsport, but also contribute to making it more exciting for participating teams and drivers as well as spectators and enthusiasts alike,” he added.
Gallery: Gaju Racing Vios Sprint Cup, Race 2