Named as Malaysia’s Young Athlete of The Year today, 13-year old Muizzuddin Musyaffa Abdul Gafar has vowed to end his string of disappointing results and pushed for a strong finish at Round 2 of the World Karting Series (WSK) Masters Series at Castelletto, Italy, Italy this weekend.
While opting not to name his targeted finish, Muizzuddin, or just Muizz amongst friends and relatives, declared that it would be something that he and his Gamoto Racing Team would be proud of.
“Let’s not talk about placings. Either is Top 3, Top 5, Top 8 or Top 10 will not be important to talk now. Let’s see how the sessions on Friday and Saturday go. Most important is to make to the final and then work on the race strategy,” said Muizz, who was honoured as Young Athlete of The Year by the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) 100Plus Awards 2014.
Held at PJ Hilton today and officiated by Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk M. Saravanan, was received on his behalf by his elder sister, Imanina Izzati. Muizzuddin was considered for the award after his sensational performance last in winning the 2014 WSK Champions’ Cup title and vice-champion in the WSK Masters Series for the 60 Mini class for karters under 13 years old.
Now competing in the KF Junior class for karters under 15 years old, Muizzuddin has yet to duplicate his results in his new class despite starting the year splendidly to score a podium win in the season-opener VEGA Winter International at Adria in January.
Competing against older and more experienced karters for the class, Muizzuddin finished in 23rd and 24th positions respectively in Round 1 and Round 2 of the WSK Champions Cup at La Conca International Circuit in Italy before finishing in a lowly 25th place in the WSK Gold Cup at Adria. At the opening round of the WSK Super Masters Series, Muizzuddin failed for the first time to qualify for the final race.
Muizzuddin said: “First and foremost, I would like to thank SAM for their recognition of my achievements in 2014. I am truly honoured and sincerely, I am very surprised as not many people in Malaysia know about me racing in Italy. Indeed, this has given me an additional push to do well this weekend at Round 2 of the WSK Masters Series.
“My results this year so far have not been too good. Although I know that competition is very stiff in the WSK Champions Cup with good karters from all over the world, I was secretly hoping to finish in the Top 3. The incident at Round 1 of the WSK Masters Series was very unfortunate. I was too desperate to win the pre-final and made a mistake.
“I am really looking forward to Round 2 this weekend. Hopefully, I could finish with better results. Again, it is going to be another difficult battle. I am just starting for the class while they are already in the second or third year. That gives them the advantage. But, I am ready for the challenge,” Muizzuddin added.
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