Zaqhwan Triumphs in Kangar Sh: Khairul Cruises to Wira Title with Seventh Straight Victory
2014 PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship
ROUND 8 – Kangar, Perlis (18-19 October 2014)p
Race Report
Round Eight of the 2014 PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship produced another brilliant race as Zaqhwan Zaidi extended his CP130 championship lead to 32-points with another convincing win while Khairul Idham Pawi clinched the WIRA title at Stadium Syed Putra Kangar, Perlis.
Despite a botched start, Zaqhwan of Givi Honda Yuzy Racing had no problems dialing into the demands of the new Kangar track, wrapping up the 18-lap race in 12’53.387s.
Zaqhwan's closest title rival, Norizman Ismail (Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing) who was hoping to get on the podium crashed in the opening lap while leading the race but recovered and finished 10th.
“My start has always been weak - Norizman and Affendi capitalized on my disadvantage to steal the holeshot. If the former did not crash in the first lap, I doubt we would be celebrating another win today,” said Zaqhwan.
“But even without Norizman fighting at the front, the race was extremely challenging. I think Affendi has the better bike today because I had to push really hard to close the gap and it took me 10-laps to pass him. Even so, he was still tailing me after that but luckily he made a mistake towards the end and I used that opportunity to escape,” he added.
“All in all, Kangar has proven to be another exciting race and I have managed to create a comfortable gap from Norizman in the standings. Of course none of this is possible without the team’s support. Hopefully we can keep the momentum rolling for the next round in Jempol,” he said.
Hauling maximum points from this leg, Zaqhwan now leads the CP130 standings with 145 points with Norizman second and Ahmad Afif third, 113 points and 111 points respectively.
Meanwhile, Khairul knew that he only needed to finish 15th to clinch the WIRA title as he held a commanding 74-point lead over closest rival Afiki Supaat but despite the advantage, the 16-year old delivered another outstanding performance to secure his seventh consecutive victory for the season, putting an end to the championship chase with 191 points.
The Kozi Yam Honda Racing completed the 12-lap race in 8’57.428s followed by Mohd Fairuz Nasir second and Mohd Azam Omar third with 9’01.802s and 9’05.021s respectively.
“I am over the moon because this is my first Cub Prix open-make title. All our efforts and hard work paid off and I would like to extend my thanks to the team and sponsors for believing in me,” said an elated Khairul.
Speaking about his plans now that he’s secured the WIRA title, “The management has decided that I will remain in this class (WIRA) until the end of the season. As eager as I am to immediately move up, they know better what is best for me. But surely we will move up to the CP115 next season.”
1. Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda) 12’53.387s
2. Affendi Rosli (Yamaha) 12’55.396s
3. Iskandar Raduan (Yamaha) 12’56.328s
4. Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) 13’01.414s
5. Taufiq Roslan (Yamaha) 13’04.602s
Overall Standings
1. Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda) 145 points
2. Norizman Ismail (Honda) 115 points
3. Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) 111 points
4. Affendi Rosli (Yamaha) 96 points
5. Ahmad Fazli Sham (Yamaha) 83 points
Team Awards
1.PETRONAS Yamaha CKJ 207 points
2.Givi Honda Yuzy Racing 203 points
3.Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing B 166 points
4.PETRONAS Yamaha Maju Motor 141 points
5.Motul Yamaha YY Pang 125 points
1. Izzat Zaidi Salehan (Yamaha) 10’56.430s
2. Abdul Muhaimin Roslan (Yamaha) 10’59.171s
3. Elly Idzlianizar Ilias (Honda) 11’00.850s
4. Ahmad Syukran Aizat (Yamaha) 11’09.998s
5. Rozaliman Zakaria (Yamaha) 11’10.839s
Overall Standings
1. Izzat Zaidi Salehan (Yamaha) 153 points
2. Zaidy Mohd Zaifaizal (Yamaha) 139 points
3. Tengku Amirul Haffiruddin (Yamaha) 113 points
4. Amirul Ariff Musa (Honda) 96 points
5. Elly Idzlianizar Ilias (Honda) 75 points
Team Awards
1. Motul Yamaha YY Pang A 266 points
2. Motul Yamaha YY Pang B 177 points
3. Givi Honda Yuzy Racing 145 points
4. M Seki Liberty Honda 123 points
5. PETRONAS Yamaha Maju Motor 101 points
1. Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda) 8’57.428s
2. Fairuz Nasir (Yamaha) 9’01.802s
3. Azam Omar (Yamaha) 9’05.021s
4. Noor Edrin Ezurin (Yamaha) 9’06.820s
5. Izrul Huzaimie Amran (Yamaha) 9’08.067s
Overall Standings
1. Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda) 191 points
2. Afiki Supaat (Yamaha) 92 points
3. Saiful Izman Ahmad Zamani (Yamaha) 76 points
4. Harith Farhan Baharin (Honda) 75 points
5. Fairuz Nasir (Yamaha) 74 points
CP130 Podium - P1 Zaqhwan Zaidi P2 Affendi Rosli P3 Iskandar Raduan WIRA Podium - Khairul Idham Pawi was crowned
WIRA overall Champion in Kangar
Zaqhwan Zaidi 21 leading the CP130 race in
Kangar ahead of Affendi Rosli 36
Kozi Yam Honda Racing celebrating their WIRA title
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