Ilyas grabbing opportunities as it comes

Published on May 26th, 2011

Jazlee Irfan Ilyas knew he would be burning rubber since he was young. It comes to no surprise that the Kuala Lumpur lad graduated from driving a go-kart to a formula car in just two years.

“With my deep interest in motorsport even from a young age, I think my career path will still somehow lead me to be in the motorsport industry,” said Ilyas.

Racing for PETRONAS MOFAZ Racing in the 2011 JK Racing Asia Series, held during the Asian Festival of Speed at the Sepang International Circuit this weekend, Ilyas is grateful to be part of the action.

“It was definitely a pleasant surprise for my family and when we found out that I was selected to drive for PETRONAS MOFAZ Racing as I had only graduated from Petronas Formula Xperience last year.

“I can’t compare my experience with most of the senior drivers. I knew I had to pick up really fast to compete against them.

“Being in a great team, and driven by our superb engineers and a committed management, I can honestly say that the courage and motivation I need to drive the formidable FB02 is constantly there. Because of that I feel that I can perform without pressure this year,” he added.

Ilyas, who turns 17 on June 22, aspires to be a Formula 1 driver in the future. In 2009, he was placed second overall in the Malaysia Yamaha SL Cup.

Nevertheless, he has to compete with other Malaysian drivers in the JK Racing Asia Series this weekend.

“With 8 Malaysian drivers competing in JK Racing Asia Series this year, it’s quite tough for me to prove that I’m the best in my country. All of us are really good friends off the track but when it comes to race weekends, it’s a different story.

“My goal is to aim for podium wins and I’ll work really hard and smart to achieve it.”

While being thankful to the support showered by his loving family, Ilyas also gave the thumbs up to the Malaysian government for its continued efforts to support the local sporting scene.

“Over the last few years, the Malaysian sports scene has been steadily rising. With the strong support and participation by the government in promoting sports these days, I think the Malaysian sports scene is looking at a promising future,” he added.

This year, the Asian Festival Of Speed, held on 28th & 29th May 2011, will feature three FIA-Sanctioned race Series, Rounds 3 to 6 of the JK Racing Asia Series, Rounds 3 & 4 of the Asian Touring Car Series and the Season Opener of the GT Asia Series.

No entrance fee is charged as the organisers continue to open the grandstand area to spectators FREE of charge! There is a special RM10 pass that allows access to the Pit-Walkabout and giving a chance to mingle with the drivers and the AFOS Angels.

words & pix: Motorsport Asia

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