Setting high targets for his second season in Italy, Malaysia’s teenage go-karting sensation Muizzuddin Musyaffa Abdul Gafar has declared that anything outside the podium in all his races for next season in 2013 will be deemed as a personal failure.
“I aim to finish on the podium in all the races next year. It’s going to be very hard, but I will go all out to achieve the target. Hopefully, I have a reliable kart and to be free any accidents and any injuries to allow me to fully focus on the races and my new target,” said Muizzuddin, who turns 11 on Februrary 23, 2013.
Competing in the mini 60 category at various championships including the high-profile CSAI Italian Karting Championship, Muizzuddin did not manage to finish on the podium in any of the five rounds of the high-profile Italian series.
Nevertheless, he managed to win two regional meets at Puglia Regional Championship and Sicily Champion Cup in June to pen his name as the first Malaysian to win go-kart races on European grounds. Muizzuddin also caught the Malaysian media attention when he was named as the Rookie Cup champion after finishing third overall at the 2012 ROK Italian Cup in September.
Finishing 11th overall from a field of 56 karters this season at the Italian Championship, Muizzuddin would be competing next year with stronger confidence; armed with a full season and the knowledge that many senior drivers would no longer be eligible for the category.
The mini 60 category is only opened to drivers aged up to 13 years old and Muizzuddin, who was in his first year under a three-year development programme this year, was competing against older and bigger boys, and on many occasions was intimidated on track by the older boys.
His season, however, drew to a pre-mature end when Muizzuddin broke his right leg after an on-track incident during qualifying sent his kart flying in the air before landing on his leg at the WSK Cup Finals in Castelletto on October 6.
Now fully recovered from the injury, Muizzuddin her, is all fired up to challenge for bigger honours next year as he continues his participation in the Italian Championship, the WSK Cup series, Italian ROK series and top regional meets.
“Overall, I am satisfied with my performance this season … as you know, all the top karters in Europe compete in the Italian Championship and the WSK Cup series. It is very competitive and I would like to thank my team for providing me a very good kart to race.
“It was very unfortunate for me to have that accident in Castelletto and unable to compete in my last three races. I had a fracture in my right leg and I was told to rest for a month. It was a painful experience; but I must say it gave me many priceless lessons about motor racing. But, I am back now and will try to win races next year,” said Muizzuddin, who competes in Italy under the care of the high-profile top Italian racing outfit, Gamoto Racing Team. At home, he is managed by Kelab Sukan Bermotor Prima, which is run by Zainuddin Radzi, a prominent figure in Malaysia’s go-karting scene.
With Gamoto Racing, which also takes charge several other drivers, Muizzuddin undergoes a systematic training programme in Italy which included proper diet, intensive gym training for fitness, swimming apart from driving skills.
“Living in Italy is very, very different from Malaysia … the daily routine is boring; but the racing part is very, very exciting,” added Muizzuddin, who lives in Sicily with his mother and schooling in Italy. My father is giving me three years to fully concentrate on my dreams to a racing driver. He is very serious about it. That’s why he decided that I should compete in Europe to expose me to world class competition. I aim to do my best to make him and my mom proud,” added Muizz.
For details, kindly contact Muizzuddin team manager Zainuddin Radzi at 019-2423529 or e-mail at [email protected]
words: SIC pix: DICE