15-year old Mohamad Hayden Eyes Bigger History in Round 5
Friday, 27th September 2019- With one eye on his PMR exam next week, 15-year old Mohamad Hayden Mohamad Haikal aims to make bigger history at the Malaysia Championship Series (MCS) grid than just being the youngest competitor on the grid this season.
Spurred by his victory at the Toyota Gazoo Racing festival earlier this month and a double podium at the previous Round 4 in August, the Asia Pacific Smart School (APSS) third former has his eyes on the main prize for the final round this weekend, which will be contested as a 300-km endurance race.
“Everything will be different in Round 5 especially with the 300-km endurance format and the PMR starting next week Hence, my team is approaching if differently, as my dad wants me to concentrate on my studies as well. So, it has been a bit of a juggling act for the past few weeks with racing and studies,” said Hayden, who won Race 2 of the Sporting Class category at the opening round of the Toyota Vios Challenge that was held at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium, Kuala Terengganu.
For Round 5 of the MCS, which opens with free practice session on Friday, Hayden will be partnering his former karting coach, Rex Chee, who competes in Sepang in the Malaysia Speed Festival series. Qualifying is on Saturday and the 54-lap race will start at 2.30pm on Sunday.
"A win would be a sweet ending to the season! It has been a challenging season competing against the more powerful cars. This time around consistency plays a bigger role, I will continue giving my all for the top spot in my category.
“I would also like to send out my warm appreciation to my team, my family, the racing community, SIC, stewards, marshalls and all those involved, for the support and guidance in this prestigious series," Hayden, who drove a Toyota Vios machine solo for the previous four rounds for ST Wangan Racing Team in the S-Production 2 class.
Aspiring to be a professional racing driver since young, Hayden, who turned 15 on July 6, hopes the MCS – Malaysia’s national championship for four-wheel track racing, will be the launching pad in pursuing his ambition. Off the track, he remains focused in his studies – maintaining a top tier performance in school. He was awarded the “Anugerah Pelajar Cemerlang 2016”, an award for student with a balanced achievement between education and co-curriculum. He is also a top school athlete.
“I draw inspiration in motor racing from the success of Mitchell Cheah and Ady Rahimy (Rashid), who secured support from SIC through its Talent Development Programme. I hope to be included into the programme, and hopefully continue rising from there,” said Hayden, who had competed in local and international kart races since 2013.
Currently leading the S-Production 2 class, Ady Rahimy, who drives a Suzuki Swift machine for Team HIREV SIC Dream Chaser, will be Hayden’s main rival for top honours this weekend. Other top contenders are the Malaysian-Japanese partnership of Chong Kiat Wai and Takashi Ito of Riyoz Racing, and their teammates from Hong Kong and Macau, Tam Yiu Kee and Lo Kai Fung.
“For the final round, we will push and give everything we have to win the championship. That's all. Just need to be aware of my rival's position and stay around him to secure the championship. But personally, I will do my very best and go for the podium again for the last race in my debut season. Therefore, hopefully the car, the strategy, and everything will be fine,” said Ady Rahimy, a first year Engineering student at University of Malaya.
Apart from the MCS, Round 5 will also feature actions from the Asian Formula Renault, the exciting TCSA by IMSP international series, the talent development F4 SEA Championship, and the Asia Classic Car Challenge.
Fans can catch all the action from the Main Grandstand open for public. To be closer to the actions, fans can purchase Paddock passes at the Paddock entrance. The race will also be shown LIVE on SIC’s Facebook.
Malaysia Championship Series – Round 5
Friday, 27 September 2019
1030 hrs – 1100 hrs Asian Formula Renault Free Practice (30 min)
1115 hrs – 1145 hrs TCSA by IMSP Free Practice 1 (30 min)
1200 hrs – 1230 hrs F4 SEA Championship Free Practice (30 min)
1430 hrs – 1500 hrs Malaysia Championship Series Free Practice 1 (30 min)
1515 hrs – 1540 hrs Asian Formula Renault Qualifying (25 min)
1555 hrs – 1625 hrs TCSA by IMSP Free Practice 2 (30 min)
1640 hrs – 1710 hrs F4 SEA Championship Qualifying (30 min)
1725 hrs – 1755 hrs Malaysia Championship Series Free Practice 2 (30 min)
Saturday, 28 September 2019
1000 hrs – 1030 hrs Asian Formula Renault Race 1 (10 laps or 30 min)
1045 hrs – 1115 hrs TCSA by IMSP Qualifying (30 min)
1135 hrs – 1200 hrs F4 SEA Championship Race 1 (20 min plus leader)
1215 hrs – 1245 hrs Asia Classic Car Free Practice (30 min)
1310 hrs – 1340 hrs Asian Formula Renault Race 2 (10 laps or 30 min)
1405 hrs – 1435 hrs TCSA by IMSP Race 1 (10 laps or 30 min)
1455 hrs – 1520 hrs F4 SEA Championship Race 2 (20 min plus leader)
1535 hrs – 1605 hrs Asia Classic Car Qualifying (30 min)
1620 hrs – 1650 hrs Malaysia Championship Series Qualifying 1 (30 min)
1705 hrs – 1735 hrs Malaysia Championship Series Qualifying 2 (30 min)
Sunday, 29 September 2019
0915 hrs – 0945 hrs Asia Classic Car Race 1 (10 laps or 30 min)
1005 hrs – 1030 hrs F4 SEA Championship Race 3 (20 min plus leader)
1055 hrs – 1125 hrs TCSA by IMSP Race 2 (10 laps or 30 min)
1150 hrs – 1225 hrs Asian Formula Renault Race 3 (30 min plus 1 lap)
1250 hrs – 1320 hrs Asia Classic Car Race 2 (10 laps or 30 min)
1340 hrs – 1405 hrs F4 SEA Championship Race 4 (20 min plus leader)
1430 hrs – 1715 hrs Malaysia Championship Series Race (54 laps)
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