Call for proper circuit to groom future F1 racers

HOME-GROWN INTERNATIONAL GO- ARTER: Freddy on the podium after winning the Asia Zone Rotax Max Challenge Championship in August.

KUCHING: It is high time for Sarawak to have a proper motor racing circuit, said home-grown international go-karter Freddy Lawan.

He stressed now that Malaysia had its own Formula One racing team Lotus, efforts should be stepped to provide the necessary facilities to groom future F1 racers for the state and country.

“At the moment, we don’t have a proper place here for the youngsters to race, so they will resort to illegal racing that endangers other road-users,” he told a press conference yesterday on his participation in the Rotax Max World Final.

This premier karting event will be held at Ghibli Raceway International circuit, Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt from Dec 5 to 12.

Freddy felt that to be relevant, a racing circuit should conform to standards and guidelines set by the International Commission of Karting (CIK) and the International Motoring Federation (FIA), and not one put together on a piecemeal basis.

He noted that more and more people, especially youngsters, were going into motorsports in Sarawak.

“Racing helps release tension and a racing circuit can help enthusiasts avoid racing illegally on the road and highway,” he said.

With the facilities in place, Freddy said Sarawak would be able to go into motor racing in a bigger way and even organise a leg of the Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC) to draw racers and tourists to the state.

“We can also organise a racing championship similar to the Rainforest World Music Festival, an annual event on the Sarawak Tourism Board calendar that attracts tens of thousands of visitors and revellers to Kuching every year,” he added.

Freddy who had conveyed his suggestion to build a racing circuit to the relevant authorities, said he learned a proposal had been made to build such a facility in Samarahan.

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