Jazeman Jaafar, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah, Mohd Ramdan Mohd Rosli, Farique Hairuman, Dominic Ang, Melvin Moh, Afiq Ikhwan and Nabil Jeffri – you may have heard of them, some are already household names while others are simply becoming rising stars. The boys are our homegrown talents competing in some of the highest levels of motorsports, and in some cases, have dominated their respective series. They are also this year’s 2013 Talent Development Programme line-up.
This year, they’re taking a step further. Jazeman Jaafar, who is unfortunately not present at the event, will move from the British F3 International Series to the World Series by Renault, which is recognised as a feeder series on the ladder to Formula One. Jazeman will be racing for Carlin Formula Renault 3.5.
The Programme also has two more single-seater discipline drivers. Afiq Ikhwan and Nabil Jeffri have moved on from the JK Racing Asia Series. Afiq will be driving for Meritus GP Team, competing in the Formula Masters China Series. As for Nabil, he will be competing in the ATS Formel 3 Cup (German F3) for Team Eurointernational.
Petronas Syntium Team, which dominated the Super Taikyu Series, will continue their winning ways. Drivers Farique Hairuman, Dominic Ang and Melvin Moh said that they would continue to fine tune their skills and improve themselves throughout the year. When asked if there are plans for the team to race in Le Mans, they replied that, while there are no official plans, they would very much like to participate in the world renowned race.
Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah, who raced at the 2012 Malaysian MotoGP as a Moto2 Wildcard Entry, will be polishing his skills at the Campeonata de Espana de Velocidad (or Spanish CEV Buckler National Motorcycle Championship). He will race for Petronas Raceline Malaysia. The other two-wheel racer, Ramdan Rosli of Petronas Syntium Moto Yamaha AHM team, will remain in the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship and also compete in the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship.
“Malaysian motorsports has reached a stage where we are now beginning to reap the harvest of many years’ worth of effort. And we at Petronas are proud to have played a key role in this growth, not only through our partnership with strategic championships but also through our direct involvement in the growth of these talents. The business of grooming talent is not something that can be done in just a few short years. The formidable line-up you see before you has been nurtured over several years, with a lot of planning on our part and a lot of hard work on the part of the drivers and riders,” said Anita Azrina Abdul Aziz, General Manager of Petronas Motorsports.