Malaysian racer Keifli Othman made a flying start to his race campaign for the 2017 Malaysia Speed Festival (MSF) last weekend, winning both races in the Race Car Open category in the opening round. The Mayhem-Fast Autoworks MaxxOil driver beat out Fast Lap Autoworks’ Faidzil Alang and SITTY-DNT’s Mark Darwin, repeating the form that the former Formula Asia champion showed in pre-season testing.

“This is a fantastic result for the team and a redemption of my failed attempt last season,” said Keifli. “It’s still early days in the championship and I don’t expect my rivals to be pleased with their results today. We expect them to improve in the coming races, which means that we just got to work much harder to keep this momentum and hopefully reward us with the title that we missed out last season.”

Meanwhile, the absence of top drifter Tengku Djan Ley and GT racer Fariqe Hairuman meant that ST Wangan’s Boy Wong stormed away with both victories in the Saga Cup Expert category, beating JNA Racing Team’s Alif Hamdan and even managing to keep up with the Super 1,500 NA cars initially in the first race.

“I made a good start and it certainly paid off as I knew that things were going to be chaotic at Turn 1, especially with a large grid,” said Wong. “Staying out of trouble was key and I had a feeling that the guys behind me had some issues which made the job easier for me. As for the next race, I expect my rivals to come back stronger but I´m prepared for it and looking forward to a tightly-contested battle.”

The Malaysia Speed Festival returns to the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) for Round 2 on April 16. Paddock tickets for the race are priced at RM20 before 11 am on race day, and RM35 after. For more information and full race results, visit MSF Racing’s official website or its Facebook page.