IS Racing raring for 2011

Published on January 9th, 2011

It was almost clear from the very start that Akash Neil stood more than a chance in securing a win against the more aggressive Japanese GoKart drivers during the inaugural Rotax Invitational Race 2011 for the Rotax Junior Category.

Having clocked the fastest time in qualifying, and the fastest driver during the race, Akash was adamant in showing a thing or two on what he’d learned during his race for world Champion in Italy late last year.

“The European drivers are more aggressive, hands down, and it was definitely a fun race. Their driving style, although aggressive, is smoother that us Asian. Their weather was also one of the challenges I had to  overcome. We were on the sixth lap, and I was on fourth position, when another driver crashed into me. I dropped around twenty positions down,” said Akash.

Back for more in 2011, the year started with Rotax Invitational Race 2011 and Akash dominated the Junior category from qualifying to final.

“The Japanese are as equally aggressive, and they blocked a lot. I may be less prepared mentally and physically for the World Champion last year, but I’m ready for this race. I avoided them as best as I could and put as much distance as possible the moment I got the chance. I just had to maintain my consistency after that.

“The strategy worked quite well, and well, I beat the 2010 World Champion. Best birthday gift ever,” said Akash with a satisfied smile, who is also celebrating his fourteenth birthday on January 10.

Akash will be trying for single seater Formula car this year.

IS Racing has two new members joining the team this year; Mior Danish and Indra Muzaffar. Both drivers are thirteen years old and will be trained side by side with Akash.

“We will be focusing on Akash this year, but we will not be forgetting Mior Danish and Indra Muzaffar. They’re not exactly newbies to karting and with a little bit more training, three of them will definitely be a challenge for other drivers to beat,” said team manager Imran Zaharias Shaharom.

For the Senior category, it was bad luck all around for Imran’s team. Farriz Fauzy (134), Edzuanizam Esa (135) and Calvin Wong (136) all had difficulties during the race. Farriz’s kart suffered severe damage when another driver crashed into him during warm up lap before the final race. Calvin also suffered the same fate, which left Edzuanizam alone to fend off the Japanese.

“We were the only team that could give the Japanese drivers a run for their money. It was unfortunate, but that’s racing. Something somewhere can go wrong, and we just have to keep on going. I’m proud of Akash’s achievement though. He could really fight with the European, and that’s saying a lot. We went to Macau after the World Championship in Italy and it was his first time racing in Macau. He got third,” finished Imran.

words: Syawal Ahmad  pix: Syafril Ismail & Syawal Ahmad


  1. Posted by Datin Sri Ameeta on January 12th, 2011, 21:59

    Thank you TMO for the coverage on IS Racing. Team Manager Imran deserves a pat on the back for training young and emerging talents like Akash, Mior and Indra to greater heights. Hope this exposure motivates the team to achieve more record breaking scores!

  2. Posted by Syawal Ahmad on January 14th, 2011, 01:11

    It’s always a pleasure Datin Sri. We’re always supportive of local talents :)


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