KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian racer Afiq Ikhwan Yazid is aiming for the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia crown at the inaugural KL City Grand Prix this weekend.
Afiq, 24, from the Starspeed Racing team, wants to use the home-ground advantage to secure the title and remain at the top of standings in the Pro category.
“I am pretty excited to represent Malaysia in the Lamborghini race. Of course, I want to finish in the first place. So let’s see how it goes. If everything goes well, then no problem.
“I won the last race, so I want to remain at the top spot by winning this race and continue the winning streak,” he told Bernama when met during the pre-practice session here today.
Afiq, who is leading the championship with 15 points after finishing first at the Fuji International Speedway, Japan, with a time of 50:57.417s in June, admitted however that he would be greatly challenged by Italy’s Davide Rizzo for the inaugural title.
“For me, it is okay to face a challenge because it is just a race. I will do my best to beat the best,” he said.
Talking about the street circuit, Afiq says he felt that there is room for further improvement to make the track on par with world-renowned street circuits.
“I went for a track walk this morning. It is a very nice and beautiful track. They did a very good job as a first-timer but there are a few things to improve, in terms of the surface and the management,” he added.
Afiq, who made his debut in street racing in 2012 at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC), has won six races in the Super Trofeo series.
The six-round championship will continue at the Sentul International Circuit in Indonesia on Sept 5-6 after this weekend’s race in KL.
The KL City GP, a supersports car racing festival on the 3.2-km temporary street circuit specially designed along major roads in Kuala Lumpur, will see various GT car races such the Lamborghini Super Cup, Formula Masters, Porsche Carrere Cup and Audi R8 LMS Cup apart from a demonstration of the five best V8 supercars series teams.
The race would start at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and would be run along Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Pinang and finish at the KLCC. – BERNAMA