The 2012 season for Malaysia’s young international karter, Muizzuddin Musyaffa Abdul Gafar came to an abrupt end last Saturday due to a broken left leg following a dramatic incident at the WSK Finals Cup at Castelleto in Italy.
Gunning for prime positions in qualifying which had 36 karts on the field in the mini 60 category, the 10-year karter from Cheras, Kuala Lumpur was momentarily flung into the air after his kart bumped into the side of a rival karter, Noah Watt before the machine landed on his left leg.
Muizzuddin, who had his parents watching from the stands, was immediately send to the Medical Centre for immediate medical attention before being send to the hospital for further treatment where his fears was confirmed.
“The doctors had advised him to rest for at least a month. And, that simply means that his 2012 season in now effectively over. Muizz will be forced to miss his next three events, which I know that he is really looking forward to,” says Muizzuddin’s team manager, Zainuddin Radzi.
The three events are the 2012 ROK Cup World Finals scheduled this weekend at Lonato near Milan; the Trophio dell Industry on the following weekend at the same venue; and the season-ending WSK Championship in Udine, which is scheduled on November 13 and 14.
“Knowing Muizz very well, I know he is now totally distraught. I really feel sad for the kid. Hopefully, Muizz recovers very soon and we can start working for next season,” added Zainuddin, who has been Muizzuddin personal coach since he started karting three years ago before moving to Italy to join Gamoto Racing Team.
Zainuddin believed that Muizzuddin, who is now resting at his parent’s rented apartment in Sicily, was trying to push for a front row start at the qualifying session in Castelleto.
“Things were actually proceeding well for Muizz … he was already among the Top 5 and was actually on P3 at one stage. But, with three minutes to go before the end of the session, Muizz was trying to make a passing maneuver on Noah Watt, who was working hard to defend his line.
“Their karts collided with Muizz hitting the side; and sending the kart flying in the air. It then fell on Muizz’s left leg. It’s truly unfortunate for Muizz. I don’t think he was trying something extraordinary. But, these things just happen in racing. And now, the season is over,” said Zainuddin, who expects Muizzuddin to return home soon to recuperate.
Making a bold decision to compete full-time in Italy beginning this year including at the CSAI Italian Karting Championship, the WSK series and several other major competitions, Muizzuddin caught the attention of the Malaysian media when he won the rookie crown at Italy’s prestigious go-kart competition for the country’s license holders – the 2012 ROK Cup Italia Finals last month.
Competing in a field of 43 competitors in the mini 60 category at the di Sienna International Circuit in Castelnuova, Sienna, Muizzuddin stunned his rivals including some 13-year olds as the young Malaysian led the field for the first eight laps of the 12-lap contest before finishing third to qualify for the Finals this weekend.
Zainuddin said: “Muizz was hoping to follow up that inspiring performance with another round of good results at the final round of the CSAI Italian Championship two weeks ago. But, his two races did not go as planned as he was only able to pick up just a single point in Race 2.
“He failed to score any points in Race 1 after finishing in 17th place. So, Muizz came to the WSK Finals Cup all fired up to make amends for the disappointment at the Italian championship. Unfortunately, he had the accident,” he added.
With a total haul of 40 points, Muizzuddin finished the season at 13th overall in the championship standings in a field of 37 karters. Italian Leonardo Lorandi topped the five-round championship with an amazing 206 points with his compatriot Remigio Garofano finishing second overall with 182 points. Another Italian, Lorenzo Colombo is third with 115 points.
Commenting on the subject, Zainuddin said: “We can still be proud of Muizz achievements. Remember this is only his first season in Italy. This is a very competitive championship with the participation of top karters in Europe and United States.
“Many regard this championship as the No. 1 go-kart championship in the world to gain exposure, to get experience and to test out your skills. That’s why we are putting Muizz there. We must also not forget that he is only ten and he was competing against older karters including 13 year olds, which is the maximum age for this Mini 60 category.
“Moreover, they are more experienced than him. Personally, I am very proud of Muizz and really looking forward to his second season next year,” Zainuddin added.
Muizzuddin’s parents decided to support their son’s dreams of becoming a Formula 1 driver by putting him on a three-year racing programme under Gamoto Racing after commendable performance in his participation of selected races around Europe last year.
Currently staying in a rented apartment in Sicily with his mother Siti Rohanah Hussein and attending a local school, Muizz had prospered; making breakthroughs in the sports including becoming Malaysia’s first go-kart winner in Europe.
Though he has yet to win any of the races at the CSAI Italian Karting Championship, Muizz had been victorious twice at state championships in Italy – one at the Puglia Regional Championship on May 27 and the other at Sicily Champion Cup on June 10.
For further details, kindly contact team manager Zainuddin Radzi at +6019-2423529.
words & pix: Gamoto Racing Team