Some karting-related news. The BHPetrol Racing Team had a pretty successful foray at the CIK-FIA Asia Pacific Championships at Kartodromo De Coloane in Macau two weekends back, with Tan Weiron – who made his debut in the KF1 category – finishing a commendable 8th out of the world-class 15-driver grid, and 13-year-old Daim Hishamuddin finishing third in the Formula 125 Junior Open race in the last round of the 2011 Asian Open Karting Championship (AKOC).
“It has been a good and bad weekend at my first ever KF1 experience. We didn’t have any testing and we came right into this race, and it is tough to be competing at the top of the field without any experience. Still, it has been an interesting weekend racing against very good drivers. I have lots more to learn in the years to come and I would like to compete in more KF1 races to gain more exposure,” Weiron said about his inaugural KF1 race experience.
Team principal Rodney Francis Magness of BHPetrol Racing Team said the outing was a good experience for the team, as it was its first time competing in KF1. “Everything went better than expected and Weiron’s best lap time was just two-tenths off the fastest guy on the track. Considering Weiron has zero experience in this category, it was a praiseworthy performance against top factory teams and their drivers, especially on the super soft Bridgestone tyres,” he said.
“As for Daim, he has indeed been having a lot of bad luck this year in the AKOC, but he still managed to produce some good results with a steady progression into the Junior category. It is a good sign that he’s learning and maturing as he races more and more,” Magness added. The team said its plans and driver lineup for the 2012 season are to be announced soon.