Despite a strong showing in qualifying, Malaysian karting sensation Muizzuddin Musyaffa Abdul Gafar of Gamoto Racing Team struggled in the second and final round of the World Series Karting (WSK) Champions Cup after his race at La Conca International Circuit at Muro Leccese in Italy was severely affected by rain and back luck.
The young Malaysian, who chalked the seventh fastest time in qualifying of 50 drivers in the KF Junior class, started the race from 17th for the race after a challenging four rounds of heats where he was involved in two racing incidents before coming back strong in the pre-final race for place in the middle of the grid for the deciding race.
After a sweet start under rainy conditions and air temperature at 12 degrees Celcius, Muizzuddin pushed hard to work his way to the front; but was unlucky to be involved in an incident in the second sector of the opening lap and immediately dropped to the last position at 34th placing.
“Muizz tried to fight back; but the damage was already too severe. He managed to climb up in the race positions to finish in 24th position for Round 2 – one position lower in the opening race where he finished in 23rd place. Despite the results, we saw a lot of positives from the championship, which is his first championship in the KF Junior class.
“Muizz is competing against more experienced drivers in the class. It is clear that Muizz has the pace to go fast as seen in the two rounds of the Champions Cup. He qualified in 8th and 7th in qualifying, and was only 0.19 tenth slower than fastest driver.
“But, it was also clear that Muizz is still has a lot to learn when comes to competing in the KF Junior class especially when competing in wet weather conditions. That can only come with more competition and more racing experience. We will continue to work hard. We are confident that we will improve in the coming races. Muizz can only get better,” said Silvatore Gotto, the team manager of Gamoto Racing.
The16-lap race was won by American Logan Sargeant of Ricky Flynn Motorsport with his team-mate from China Sun Yue Yang taking third place. Indian Kush Maini of Forza Racing took second place. Third in the opening Round 1, Sargeant also took the overall title for the overall class for the WSK Champions Cup.
With a combined points of 16 from the two rounds gathered from the qualifying and heats, Muizzuddin, who won the 60 Mini class last year, finished 16th overall for the class, which is competed by karters aged between 13 and 15 from all over the world.
“If we look at the overall results, the 15 drivers above Muizz are all those who had competed in the class last year. Basically, that makes Muizz the top rookie for the championship. That, itself, speaks volume of his capability and potential,” added Gotti, who had managed the young Malaysian since he was nine years old.
After the WSK Champions Cup, Muizzuddin, who will celebrate his 13th birthday on February 23, will head for Adria International Raceway track at southern Italy for the WSK Gold Cup, which is scheduled from February 26 to March 1.
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
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