Malaysia’s go-karting sensation Muizzuddin Musyaffa had a nightmare start for his World Series Karting (WSK) Masters Series Championship when he got bumped over in Lap 2 of his pre-final race, which eventually put him out of the deciding final race for Round 1 at Adria, Italy on Sunday (8 March 2015).
Starting from ninth on the grid in the KF Junior contest, the Gamoto Racing driver had a perfect start which saw him moving up to second and challenging for the leadership as the race entered its second lap.
But, a moment of hesitation as he was maneuvering his overtaking for the lead saw Muizz’s CRG machine being bumped into by Chinese’s Ye Ye Fei and resulted him to go into a full spin and effectively dropped to last place in a contest of 30 drivers.
Finishing the race in 24th place and 49.564 seconds behind session winner Christian Lundgaad of Denmark, the 13-year old Malaysian failed to qualify for the final race for the first time since moving up this season to the KF Junior category for karters between 13 to 15 years old.
“It is indeed unfortunate. We had promising results in the other earlier sessions. But, Muizz agreed that he made a vital mistake. He should have not hesitated in the overtaking maneuver and just took the initiative all the way. Alternatively, he could has waited a little longer. It was a 16-lap race and he would have other opportunities. Again, it’s about experience and Muizz is clearly still learning. We take this as another expensive learning experience and move on. We’ll now focus on Round 2 in Castelletto in two weeks’ time,” said Gamoto Racing team manager, Silvatore Gotto.
A four-round championship, Round 2 will be held on March 22 at Castelletto, Italy. Round 3 would be held at La Conca on April 12 and the final round at Sarno on April 26.
Gotto added: “Muizz is naturally very disappointed. After failing to make his mark at the WSK Champions Cup, Muizz was desperate to do well in this series. He has set high targets for this race. Perhaps, that was why he was pushing too hard and made a bad call in the pre-final race.
“But, he is learning and he fitting well in the KF Junior category. There’s three more rounds to go and of course, there is the bigger agenda of the European Championship and the World Championship later this year,” he said, adding that he was generally happy with the progress of Muizz in the new KF Junior category.
For the record, Muizz was 15th overall for qualifying in a field of 61 drivers from all over the world including the USA and Europe for Round 1 of the WSK Masters Series. Clearly matching in speed with the top karters and comfortable despite being the rookie amongst the experienced rivals, Muizz finished fifth on Heat 1, fourth on Heat 2, third in Heat 3 and 12th in Heat 4.
Round 1 of the WSK Masters Series was topped by Britain’s Clement Novalak with American Logan Sargeant taking second place. Russian Artem Petrov completed the podium. Lundgaard, who won pre-final 1, could only finished fourth.
MUIZZUDDIN’S 2015 RESULTS SO FAR
VEGA WINTER INTERNATIONAL – January 13 – 3rd place
WSK CHAMPIONS CUP – Round 1: 1 February 2015 (La Conca, Italy) – 23rd position
WSK CHAMPIONS CUP – Round 2: 8 February 2015 (La Conca, Italy) – 24th position
WSK GOLD CUP – Single Race: 1 March 2015 (Adria, Italy) – 25th position
WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES – Round 1: 8 March 2015 (Adria, Italy) – Did Not Qualify Finals
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