Malaysia’s karter and F1 aspirant Muizzuddin Musyaffa Abdul Gafar’s unlucky run in the World Series Karting (WSK) Super Masters Series continued the second round when he failed to qualify for the finals of the KF Junior contest for the second consecutive race.
Held at Castelletto di Branduzzo in Pavia, Italy last Sunday (22 March), Muizzuddin’s run of commendable results for the weekend ended in a wet pre-final race when the 13-year old Malaysian was hit from behind by Ulysse de Pauw of Belgium in the opening lap, putting him out of contention to finish among the qualifiers.
“It’s very frustrating. I was very careful. I know that I could not get involved in any incident because if it happens, your race is over. I was starting from fifth on the grid and trying to maintain my position. I got hit from behind and spun. By the time you recover, it’s already too late,” said Muizzuddin, who returned home last night from Italy.
“The next race is more than two weeks away. Since it’s now Formula 1 event in Malaysia, it will be good to come home and see some of the action. I am particularly excited to see Max Verstappen. He is a very good driver. When in karting, he wins all the races. I am working hard to be like him. But, so far, things are not so good. Hopefully, I have better luck for the remaining of the season and one day, drives in Formula 1 like Max, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. That has always been my dream since I started karting when I was eight years old,” said Muizzuddin, who finished the pre-final race in 24thposition and 27.242 seconds behind session’s winner, the impressive Clement Novolak.
The Britain, who victorious in the opening round at Adria International Circuit, went on to rule the final race for his second successive victory to further cement his position at the top of the overall standings for the four-leg series. Round 3 would be held in La Conca on April 12 with the final round schedule in Sarno two weeks later.
Tenth in qualifying in a field of 66 karters from all over the world for the KF Junior class for karters aged between 13 and 15 years old, Muizzuddin, who was second overall in the 60 mini class last year, was equally strong in the heats and was on-track to score his best results in the WSK series this year.
“I was so fired up this weekend after winning the SAM 100Plus award for Young Athlete of The Year. I want to make my team, my family and my friends in Malaysia proud by doing well in the round. But, this happens and I did not qualify for the finals. It’s very sad,” the Gamoto Racing driver, who was the WSK Champions Cup overall champion for the 60 Mini class last year.
Commenting on Muizzuddin’s performance for the round, Silvatore Gatto said that Muizzuddin was merely unlucky not to qualify for the finals.
“Regardless of the results, Muizz had improved a lot. Not just from the previous WSK Champions Cup but also from the race in Adria. He is stronger and he is faster despite competing in wet. He was good for a top finish here. There’s still two more rounds to go for the series. Muizz should put this disappointment aside and focus on the new two rounds, the European championship and his ambition to be an F1 driver. He is on the right track, but there’s still a lot of things to do if he wants to make that dream,” added Gatto.
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
WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES – Round 2: 22 March 2015 (Adria, Italy) – Did Not Qualify Finals
Words & Photos: Muizzracing