Sonik Sport Asia Series Set to Blaze Sepang

Mutiara Damansara, Thursday: After a long break, the hotly contested Sonik Sport Asia Series continues at the Sepang International Circuit this weekend 17th July, arguably one of the most high-tech and technically challenging tracks in the calendar.

Sepang Go-Kart Circuit which is part of the ‘compound’ of the Formula One Circuit, has been established as one of the finest karting circuit in the Asian region, and with its newly refurbished facilities, it’s set to welcome the Sonik Sport Asia drivers with full enthusiasm. The circuit itself, run clock-wise, has a very smooth tarmac surface, the same material used on the Formula One Circuit, added with corners resemblance of the big circuit, making racing here full of overtaking opportunities.

For the first time this weekend, there will be no less 15 drivers representing five countries namely, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Philippines. There will be the return of some of the top drivers in the region, including Kosmic’s BHPetrol Racing driver, Wei Ron Tan, Gillard’s IS Racing, Farriz Fauzy, CRG Junior Team Asia’s Calvin Wong and not to forget the young protégé of 14-year old Syazwan Mohd Noor who just returned from Ortona, Italy for the CIK/FIA Academy Trophy race.

Nabil Jeffri of Comma Motorsport onboard the GP Racing kart is currently leading the Sonik Senior category leaderboard, with 123 points, followed by young sensation, Syazwan Mohd Noor of Dash Racing with 110 points. Sonik Master is lead by Jeremy Nyam of RL Karting on board the Birel Chassis with 123 points followed closely by his team-mate from Sri Lanka, Romani De Silva with 95 points. Watch-out for new-comer, Lai Wee Sing of IS Racing who in the last event won two out of three races and will be making further progress in the Sonik Master standings.

Two new exciting entries to the series will be Malaysian Timothy Yeo, 14 and India’s hopeful Parth Ghorpade, 17. Parth Ghorpade is a two time Rotax Max Junior Champion and last year’s Rotax Senior Champion in his home country, India. Currently he is competing in the Autosport Academy F4 Renault 1.6 Eurocup. 14 year-old Timothy Yeo is the son of Asian multiple touring car champion, Eric Yeo and has notched up impressive results in the regional racing league and now competes for CRG Junior Team Asia in the Asian Karting Open Championship.
As usual, race day on Sunday will begin with Official Free Practice followed by Qualifying.

Race 1’s starting grid will be the result of Qualifying while Race 2 will be the finishing order of Race 1 with the top eight grid being reversed, providing interesting race for the teams and spectators. Race 3’s grid will be the second best qualifying time order. Sonik Sport Asia Series is the new ultimate one-make series for karting utilizing Maxter’s extensive research in the internationally recognized KF engine concept, providing competitors and teams with the access to state-of –art technology kart racing at an affordable price and cost-effective. All engines are strictly scrutinized and sealed to provide absolute equality. The 32 horsepower Sonik Sport engine is recommended to run up to 40 hours before rebuild. Extensive test has been carried out by Series Organizer, Iru1 Motorsports Sdn Bhd, to ensure the engine run at its optimum level performance while maintaining the reliability of the engine. The results so far has been impressive with lap times continue to match the benchmark KF2 machines.

Series CEO, Sonik Sport Asia Series, Nik Iruwan Dato’ Nik Izani commented: “Sonik Sport engines continue to impress the karting market with its impressive performance and reliability which together with organized and fair play event, we are confident that Sonik Sport Asia Series will continue to grow into a very important one-make series in the future. The presence of important drivers and teams in the region is resemblance of this and we are proud to see the grid continue to grow from each round. We would like to thank Maxter Srl for the support and the organizing committee for putting up a good job the event. We look forward to see an exciting race this weekend!”

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